Jefferson and Varina Davis
1900s, Civil War

Varina Lacks Warmth

Varina, is the story of a tragic life — that of Varina Davis, the wife of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. Her saga is indeed sad — an unhappy marriage,drug addiction, the deaths of almost all of her six children, and separation of many years from her husband.…

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1960s, feature film

Chappaquiddick Hits Home

Anyone old enough to remember the Chappaquiddick incident, and even many of those who are too young to remember it, probably think there is little new to learn about what happened there almost 50 years ago. The new film doesn’t reveal much new, but handles the story from a perspective…

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Civil War

Legends and Lies unveils the U.S. Civil War

Legends and Lies, Fox News’ historical series, is kicking off its third season by focusing on the Civil War. Just like the first two seasons, which centered on western bad guys and then the revolutionary war, this season includes historical reenactments, interviews with historians, some historical photographs and quotes, all…

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Shanghai is surprisingly underwhelming

Shangai is a 2015 release currently available on Netflix DVD. If you’re a John Cusack fan like I am, and always wanted to appreciate him as a romantic lead, you’re still going to have to wait. He does his best in this film, which sat on the Hollywood shelf for…

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