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Now Playing: MADE IN CHINA, BLOWN AWAY, BLIND DATE, ONE WEEK

Now Playing: MADE IN CHINA, BLOWN AWAY, BLIND DATE, ONE WEEK

On tap this week, we’ve got three quirky, funny and yes, sad films for the independent minded, plus a bonus: an unlikely blockbuster thriller with an unusual stock of Oscar-winning talent. That’s four films for the price of three. Who doesn’t love a holiday season deal like that?

Mitt Romney has a thing or two to learn from MELQUIADES ESTRADA

Mitt Romney has a thing or two to learn from MELQUIADES ESTRADA

When it comes to the issue of immigration, Mitt Romney has two faces. There’s the one he wore at his now-notorious behind-closed-doors fundraiser in Boca Raton, where he “joked” to a roomful of fat cats that “it would be helpful to be Latino.” Then there’s the noticeably browner face he wore to a forum on the Spanish-language network Univision, where he spouted meaningless rhetoric about how the answer to illegal immigration is “self-deportation.” He seems so unconcerned with understanding what life is like for Spanish-speaking immigrants (illegal or otherwise) in this country, it’s a milagro he can discuss issues of concern to that community while keeping a straight face.

In praise of "watchability" and the movies we watch again and again

In praise of "watchability" and the movies we watch again and again

A few years ago, a beer company started a campaign advertising the “drinkability” of its product. At first it struck me as silly — and surprising that a competitor didn’t respond that theirs was the more “potent potable” — but then I began to understand. Technically all beers are drinkable. They were simply suggesting theirs went down smoother and easier than the rest. We might apply similar criteria to movies. Technically all movies are watchable (assuming they’re in focus). But those that are more easily and more frequently watched, that go down smooth and easy, have what we could call “watchability.”