VERONICA MARS, Season Four – Review by Martha P Nochimson

In its first three seasons, Veronica Mars was widely regarded as a sparkling feminist television series. Well, its fourth season, airing on Hulu, would seem to unmask the show as creator Rob Thomas’ 21st century version of the kind of backlash entertainment that appears right on cue whenever women make new strides toward independence, personhood, and realization of their talents and goals. Like running for president and “me too”? Suddenly, Veronica has emerged as a sinister warning to any girl who would be her own person while female. And in a very big way.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 3 – 10: THE LAST WORD

motw logo 1-35Where would we be without Shirley MacLaine? Since her first appearance in cinema (Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry), La MacLaine has played a wild card in the best sense of the term, injecting tartness, intelligence and slyness into performances that elevate even well-trod narrative tropes. Now, at age 82, she brings her heightened verve to The Last Word. Read on…

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