‘The Central Park Five’ is a compelling documentary from Ken Burns

'The Central Park Five' examines a rape case that rocked New York City, and in some ways remains unresolved
‘The Central Park Five’ examines a rape case that rocked New York City in 1989, and in some ways remains unresolved

[rating=3]Director(s):  Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Writer(s):  Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

There is no debate about some of the facts regarding what happened in New York’s Central Park on April 19, 1989.  A female jogger was raped and beaten nearly to death.  There was a group of between 20 and 30 or more teens that went on a rampage in the park, committing acts of violence and intimidation.  Five teens, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise and Yusef Salaam were part of that group of teens for at least part of their activities.

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Countdown to ‘Skyfall’ – A history of the James Bond film franchise Part 3

So far this series has looked at the first five films in the James Bond franchise, all of which starred Sean Connery.  But while filming the last of those five, You Only Live Twice, he decided that would be his last film. Some say the reason he made that decision was that he was hounded by the international press during the shooting of the film in Japan, including an incident where someone tried to get a photo of him using a restroom.

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‘Electrick Children’ packs very little charge

Julia Garner in 'Electrick Children'
Julia Garner in ‘Electrick Children’

[rating=2]Starring: Julia Garner, Rory Culkin, Liam Aiken, Billy Zane and John Patrick Amedori
Director(s): Rebecca Thomas
Writer(s): Rebecca Thomas

Electrick Children is a film that’s opened overseas but is premiering in the U.S. at the AFI’s Film Fest 2012. From first-time director Rebecca Thomas, it is a story about religion, miracles, immaculate conception, rock and roll and teen-angst, all wrapped up into 96 minutes.

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Countdown to ‘Skyfall’ – A history of the James Bond film franchise

Sean Connery debuts as the quintessential James Bond in 'Dr. No'
Sean Connery debuts as the quintessential James Bond in ‘Dr. No’

October 5, 2012 was the 50th birthday of the big screen version of James Bond.  On that day in 1962, in the United Kingdom came the premiere of Dr. No, the first of 22 official films in the Bond franchise thus far.

As we count down to the November 12th premiere of Skyfall, the latest official Bond film, Tail Slate will be looking back at the history of the franchise.  The 22 Bond films from EON Productions to date have grossed over $5 billion worldwide, more than the Star Wars films although not quite as much as the Harry Potter series.

Today we take a look at the first films in the series, starting with Dr. No.

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