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Bringing radio into the classroom...

Below you'll find brief descriptions, sent in by teachers all over the country, of how they're using This American Life with their students.

McGuire and Dunst glory in their vulnerability and set out to prove superheroes (and their girlfriends) can fall in love, nail villains to the wall, and still be tough enough to cry.

Hooray, Hooray it's the first of May and the summer's first blockbuster has already swooshed in to the local multiplexes!

Records that once shined so brightly in your collection are now blemishes to your coolness...

"It's Movie Time" previews this summer's coming attractions...

When WCBE's "It's Movie Time" film critics John DeSando and Clay Lowe were asked to do a feature on what they were looking forward to seeing at their favorite art houses and multiplexes this summer, here's what they suggested might be worth catching. As might be expected they have asked that they not be held responsible for their miscalculations.

BLOOD WORK
DeSando's Choice

Beware the full moon, Hives and White Stripes -- long live the Bloooooozze Exxploshhhun!

Since Jon Spencer surfaced last with the genre busting, hip-hop infused Acme, the blooze is suddenly in vogue having been dusted off and painted with White Stripes. Now is the the perfect time for the master to reclaim his throne from the young upstarts who have stolen his thunder.

Erich Rohmer uses the latest in digital technology to tell the tale of a Scottish upper class lady who gets caught in Paris during the outbreak of the French Revolution...

This film depicts "the whisper heard most often," a tale of murder not quite so foul as foolish...

Nick Hornby and Badly Drawn Boy -- a match made in Restoration Hardware heaven...

Andie MacDowell is "better than sausage"...

If I told my buddies I was having an affair with a woman seriously younger than I, I don't think they would endanger the young woman or their own friendships just to derail my temporary insanity. Welcome to the film "Crush."

Bottom line. How much you enjoy this movie depends upon how you feel about Sandra Bullock...

"Murder by Numbers" is a Sandra Bullock showcase that has all the window dressings of an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. A spooky abandoned house on the edge of a precipitous cliff. The Pacific Ocean boiling like a cauldron below. A law enforcement officer haunted by her past -- think Jimmy Stewart in "Vertigo," then digitize in Bullock.

The plot is so thin, I’m afraid to walk over it for fear of disappearing through its icy logic.

No one makes trashy action flicks better than Hollywood. Don’t worry about challenging your brain on "The Scorpion King." First introduced in "The Mummy Returns," the King is again played by wrestling hero "The Rock." The plot is so thin, I’m afraid to walk over it for fear of disappearing through its icy logic.

Move over Alec, Billy, Stephen and Daniel -- there are some new Baldwin Brothers in town...

With a combination of old-fashioned painted-cel animation, less-than-fluid motion, and modern digital technology based on a 1949 manga (comic book) by the late Osamu Tezuka, this animation is filled with ideas of love and identity, be it human or robot.

The film deservedly won the top prize last year at the Cannes Film Festival...

"The Son's Room" reminds me why I love character-driven European films: the pace is slow, the camera lingers on a face longer than an American shot would dare, and the theme is frighteningly simple but almost always universal. In this case, a loving family has lost a son; the grieving process and the letting go are painful and inevitable. The film makes it all as lyrical as could be possible for a grim topic.

"Delhi is a strange 'globalized' world where tradition butts heads with modernity at every turn"...

"Panic Room" is a good "B" movie that makes you glad you don’t live in a mansion in the heart of NYC...

"When they say 'No,' they're looking for a way to say 'Yes.'"...

Why do fundamentalists and zealots sometimes resort to murder to carry out "the will of God"? ...

These two actresses are superb at being bitchy and seductive to each other as well as their enemies...

Don't cross the characters played by Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles in "The Business of Strangers." If you do, you'll think the male revenge film "In the Company of Men" to be a modest complaint about the battle of the sexes. "Business" is a raw polemic about corporate women treated ill by men in and out of the boardroom.

"Scotland, PA." is a Big Mac served with a side of Shakespearean noir...

"Scotland, PA." is a Big Mac served with a side of Shakespearean noir. The '70s McBeths plan the murder of their boss Norman Duncan to take over his burger restaurant. The parody of 1970's culture, especially fast food, works well from bellbottoms to drive-through windows.

"Lantana" is a psychological thriller that draws together four couples whose lives become as thickly entwined as the lantana's vines...

Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practise to deceive!
~Sir Walter Scott, "Marmion"

WCBE's "It's Movie Time" critics butt heads over the year's Top 25 picks and their Academy Award Choices...

Most of the year's box office block busters may be missing from "It's Movie Time's" John DeSando and Clay Lowe's list of Golden Oldies, but then why would anyone expect these two old curmudgeons to be in tune with what's hip at local multiplexes?

Why can't I learn about the artist's creative process in these films about artists?

"Iris" is not really about novelist/philosopher Iris Murdoch -— it is about her enduring romance with John Bayley and the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Her words from the lecture podium are often aimed at the thematic core of the film: the need for love.

Both stories appear to represent the director’s dark feelings about writing, filmmaking, and the critics who accuse him of being superior to his characters.

Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" showed comic/absurd promise; his masturbation scene in "Happiness" overstepped the boundary of film taste but got everyone’s attention.

Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise & Daniel E. Smith star in John Q.

In the most blessed country in the history of civilization, is it too much to think that all Americans could have adequate health care?

On Valentine's Day I discovered the love story of the year so tender and tentative I was annoyed when one of the loving couples went at it rather than talk about it...

Gabriele Muccino's "The Last Kiss" is a rapidly paced bedroom romp where everyone is either getting laid or just getting... you've got it... screwed.

For women, hope is the day she will be seen...

"Kandahar," is a sometimes-expressionistic drama about a disguised Afghani woman, Canadian reporter Nafas, trying to get to the city of Kandahar to stop her sister from committing suicide during the next solar eclipse.(Actress Nelofer Pazira went through a similar struggle).

"Behind Enemy Lines" or even "M*A*S*H" pale next to this Cannes winner for best screenplay...

The small town seaport of Camden, Maine rivals Peyton Place as a setting for romance and jealousy...

How director Todd Field (TV series: "Once and Again") gets so much right in his first feature film, "In the Bedroom," but lets it slip away is only one of the mysteries to be solved in this slow-moving story about wife abuse and retaliatory murder.

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