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Morning Glory (2010)

DIR Roger Michell; SCR Aline Brosh McKenna  PROD J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk. US, color, 107 min. RATED PG-13

After hard-working producer Rachel McAdams gets fired from her lackluster suburban New Jersey morning show, she lands a new job producing the lowest-rated network morning talk show in New York City. This decidedly mixed blessing includes wrangling randy host Ty Burrell, in bad need of training about sexual harassment in the workplace, and former beauty queen Diane Keaton, frosty behind her fake smile. Meanwhile, disgruntled serious newsman Harrison Ford, McAdams’ idol, is idling away, playing out his contract before retirement. Would he go for a morning show makeover? Time to get to work! Director Roger Michell gets the best from his game cast; screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA). “It grows from human nature and is about how people do their jobs and live their lives. It is wisely not about a May-October romance between McAdams and Ford. It’s more about their love for their work.”—Roger Ebert.

 

 

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The Doorman

80m; U.S.

Director: Wayne Price

Cast: Mevlut Akkaya, Lucas Akoskin and Alex Aldi

Synopsis (IMDB): New York City’s most famous and powerful nightclub gatekeeper, Trevor W., has somehow managed to lose his job at the door – but can’t shake the documentary film crew following him. Trevor will play tour guide on his awkward journey down to earth as he comes to terms with his ego, identity and career options

 

The Front (1976)

95m; U.S.

Director: Martin Ritt

Cast: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel and Herschel Bernardi

Synopsis (IMDB): In the early 1950s Howard Prince, who works in a restaurant, helps out a black-listed writer friend by selling a TV station a script under his own name. The money is useful in paying off gambling debts, so he takes on three more such clients. Howard is politically pretty innocent, but involvement with Florence – who quits TV in disgust over things – and friendship with the show’s ex-star – now himself blacklisted – make him start to think about what is really going on.

 

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The Internationale (2000)

30m; U.S.

Director: Peter Miller

Cast: Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg

Synopsis: Idealism, socialism, and the power of music in people’s lives.

 

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The Waiters (2006)

85m; U.S.

Director: Derik Wingo

Cast: Derik Wingo, Lorrainne Petersen and Scott Vogel

Synopsis: Taylor Starks and his co-workers, all aspiring actors, toil in a Los Angeles restaurant while “waiting” for their big break.

 

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Them That Work – How Matewan Inspired a State (2009)

3:12; U.S.

Director: Jason Brown

Synopsis: Documentary about John Sayles’s “Matewan.” Features interviews with John Sayles, Chris Cooper, David Straithairn, and others.

Contact: http://www.themthatwork.com/TTW/Home.html

 

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Thurmond, West Virginia (1996)

22m; U.S.

Director: Laura Harrison

Synopsis: This films documents the falling fortunes of Thurmond, a coal town. Thurmond was once a thriving community, yet today it stands as a ghost town in the making. It was also the main filming location for John Sayles’ film “Matewan.”  This film, directed by Laura Harrison, looks at the history the town, while subtly probing deeper issues about the importance of community and the identity of a place.

 

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