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On this edition of the WBGO Journal, we learn about the tradition of cantorial music from WBGO's Jon Kalish, film critic Harlan Jacobson reviews Jordan Peele's NOPE and host Doug Doyle chats with the big names in the American Cornhole League

On this July 30 episode of the WBGO Journal..... A call for New Jerseyans to conserve water during these hot temperatures…. WBGO’s Jon Kalish reports on a small group of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn that is reviving the tradition of cantorial music…. An uplighting story from WBGO's...
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Film Critic Harlan Jacobson reviews The Automat

Lisa Hurwitz The AUTOMAT, which came out of the Telluride Film Festival and opens this week at the Film Forum in Manhattan, is a seductive dive back through time into the art deco origins of the Horn & Hardart Automats. You may remember those magnificent walls of little glass door cubbies full of mac and cheese, creamed spinach, lemon meringue or chocolate coconut cream pies, store cooked ham sandwiches on rye and Salisbury steak that for the price of a few nickels scraped together fed New Yorkers and Philadelphians for the first 60 years of the 20th Century.
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Film Critic Harlan Jacobson loves "West Side Story"

Steven Spielberg’s WEST SIDE STORY was calendared to open over a year ago, as was Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. The two productions had filmed simultaneously all over the metro area, often within blocks of each other, like two rival gangs fighting over the same turf. Then life, known as COVID 19, happened and pushed both openings to this year. Our film critic Harlan Jacobson says this new West Side Story wins the rumble.
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Film Critic Harlan Jacobson reviews Westerns "The Harder They Fall", "Old Henry" and "Power of the Dog"

Old Henry, Power of the Dog and The Harder They Fall aren’t your great grandpa or grandma’s cowboy movies. They all have good guys and bad guys in tall hats, long guns, mountains, deserts, scrub brush, horses, sheriffs, saddlebags of cash, towns and farms made out of balsa wood sets from 100-plus years ago. What’s exciting is how all three films put the Western to contemporary use.
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Film Critic Harlan Jacobson Reviews "The Tragedy of Macbeth" and "Oscar Peterson: Black + White"

Having just come through the Labor Day turn in the film festival world, which is still picking its way through the pandemic with a mix of in-person and virtual screenings, the industry that depends on festivals is plowing ahead this Fall with plans to release films in theaters and by streaming to a smart TV near you. One way or another, you’ll get your chance to sort out which films live, which ones die and which ones head to the Oscars next March 27.
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