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Ballin' at the Graveyard

If you love basketball—particularly pick-up playground basketball as it is played in urban parks across the country—then you are guaranteed to love Ballin’ in the Graveyard. You should go see the documentary during its weeklong run (October 4-10) at the Amherst Theater. You need not read any more of this review, brief as it will be.


Peter Landesman’s docudrama Parkland isn’t likely to contribute significantly to the enduring and heated debates about who, or what, was responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As the half-century anniversary of the event approaches, Parkland may be timely but it’s unlikely to engender much additional controversy. Landesman and his movie are concerned with the immediate aftermath in Dallas of the assassination, not in the politics or the history of the various investigations and conspiracy theories.


I vividly remember the first time I saw Goodfellas when it came out in 1990. It contained a breathtaking sequence following the characters played by Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco as they enter a nightclub from the service entrance, hurry through back rooms and kitchens, and emerge onto the floor of the club. What’s so memorable about the scene is that it takes place in a single unbroken shot, filmed by Steadicam operator Larry McConkey.

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