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Philip Martin

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MovieStyle Editor/Columnist

MovieStyle Editor, columnist

Recent Stories by Philip Martin

Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

posted: 07/01/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Respectful and restrained, Matthew Brown's film about autodidactic Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan is the sort of tastefully polished affair you might imagine it to be. It's a formulaic Merchant-Ivory style soap opera that plays up the dramatic aspects of the subject's life while assuring us of his brilliance by having others marvel at theorems a mainstream audience couldn't be expected to understand.

Review: Swiss Army Man

posted: 07/01/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

In Swiss Army Man, the actor best known for playing Harry Potter plays a flatulent corpse.

Audi passes a test

posted: 06/28/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

I can exhale. Audi made it.

Columnists: Today offers reasons to celebrate

posted: 06/26/2016 1:58 a.m. Comments 2

A year ago, the Supreme Court ruled gay Americans had the right to marry in every state in the country. On June 26, 2013, the same court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. On June 26, 2003, the court ruled that same-sex consensual activity between adults should be legal in every state.

CRITICAL MASS: Film, TV gun fantasies a big yawn

posted: 06/26/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

When I was a kid there were guns all around.

Columnists: Where are the good guys?

posted: 06/21/2016 2:53 a.m. Comments 25

I can tell you what the shafts in my golf clubs weigh. I can tell you their loft and lies, which aren't standard, and explain why my irons are a half-inch longer than what you'd buy off the shelf, and why my driver is a half-inch shorter. I could explain why, though my hands are small (not Donald Trump small but about the same size as Jack Nicklaus'), my irons have three wraps of tape under where my right hand sits. I could give you a little lecture on spin effect.

Critical Mass: As Highwaymen, four legends just couldn't match solo works

posted: 06/19/2016 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

I saw The Highwaymen -- the country supergroup made up of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson (and a crack band of session musicians) -- perform a couple of times in the late '80s and early '90s. And I don't want to sugarcoat it; those shows were pretty terrible.

The historical inevitability of Donald Trump

posted: 06/19/2016 1:52 a.m. Comments 8

I don't think Donald Trump will be elected president of the United States.

ON FILM: At midway point, highlights of 2016

posted: 06/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The calendar year is halfway over.

Sunday morning coming down

posted: 06/14/2016 2:25 a.m. Discuss

Summer lurks, but it's not quite here at 7:30 a.m. The warmth feels good in my knees and back, and the dogs don't seem to mind. Even when we break out of the shade of Knoop Park, their spirits sing. Yoda dances, puts his paws on Audi. She ducks her head, and I tug gently on the lead to straighten them out. Just a little further, we're almost home, then you can get after one another.




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