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'Trumbo': Write and Wrong
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:34PM / Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Both fortunately and unfortunately, movies about bigotry and fearmongering in America always seem to be timely and appropriate. Hence, while director Jay Roach's engaging, wittily realized biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo isn't especially artistic or cutting edge, it's dutiful, ultimately patriotic meditations in the cause of the First Amendment please our sense of justice.

Watching "Trumbo," we can't help but mull the current crop of political bloodsuckers looking to make hay of our worries. Is it just us smart people who know history repeats itself?

A reputedly accurate screenplay by John McNamara, based on Bruce Cook's biography,

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Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshires Featured on Barefoot Contessa
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:24PM / Monday, December 14, 2015
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Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, came to the Berkshires with friends. They shopped, they filmed and the Barefoot Holiday episode that aired starting this past weekend.

Berkshire Mountain Bakery, the actual bakery in Housatonic, behind the scenes where all the work gets done, made the cut. And baker-owner Richard Bourdon offering his Bread & Chocolate bread.

Robin's Candy and Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers in Great Barrington are in the episode as is The Southfield Store.

Robin Helfand, owner of Robin's Candy, said they will be prominently featured. Her next-door neighbor Tune Street loaned her shop a large screen television to air the

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'Brooklyn': A Movie Destination
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:20PM / Friday, December 11, 2015
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Once upon a time, there were many more movies made like "Brooklyn" ... films that had a beginning, middle and end, and told a good story with a philosophical lesson or two to take home.

Oh, they weren't always as well realized as this coming-of-age saga about a young woman who emigrates from Ireland to Brooklyn in search of better opportunity. But they managed to engage us without a bunch of characters from alternate worlds, unending monster battles and a shameful body count ... not that there's anything wrong with that.

Understand, I don't want trouble from either the laser-makers union or the special-effects people who pile up the combat casualties for those short

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 4-10
12:33PM / Friday, December 04, 2015
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Friday & Saturday: Docent-led Tour of American West at Berkshire Museum   Tour the dual American West exhibitions, National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West and Go West, with a trained Museum docent. Learn about the cowboy life, from the origins of the rodeo to the inventor of the Stetson cowboy hat.   Friday & Saturday, December 4

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'Creed': The Comfort Food of Film
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:02PM / Thursday, December 03, 2015
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One of the greatest things about movies is that, contrary to Thomas Wolfe's assertion, you can indeed go home. Joyfully witnessed in director Ryan Coogler's "Creed," essentially a sequel to the "Rocky" legend, whole bunches of lore, heritage and mythology are reembraced for their life-affirming schmaltz.

Lest the flickering candle that burns for all longshots is snuffed out, Sylvester Stallone's patron saint of underdogs returns here to train and nurture his famous rival's son, Adonis Johnson. Of course, he has to be talked into it.

You see, what we didn't learn in any of the six previous "Rocky" films is that Apollo Creed, who gave our

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Berkshire Tidbits: Time for Hanukkah, Christmas Foods
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:17PM / Monday, November 30, 2015
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Every year, from mid-November through the end of the year, Berkshire Mountain Bakery steps up its fancy baking or, more accurately, its sophisticated sweet-treat baking. Some of their best, most hedonistic breads started as holiday specials.   That's the case for their now-yearround unsweetened cherry-pecan bread and their canelé and their chocolate bouchons, both of which are the size and shape of large wine corks. The canelé is barely moist and a bit chewy, antique in style  from honey and beeswax without the trendy addition of rum or vanilla. The bouchons are dry, rich and deeply chocolate all at once.   Bread and chocolate and the chocolate

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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2': Clueless in Panem
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:09PM / Friday, November 27, 2015
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Point of disclosure: I am beside the point as concerns director Francis Lawrence's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2." Not a fan of the franchise, I can only be an object of disdain to the loyal cognoscenti, who will understandably raise their children to distrust me. The fact is, I just don't get it. Then again, I don't understand the whole Justin Bieber thing, either.

Nevertheless, though perhaps only in service to those moviegoers as out of the loop as I, your compromised film critic must trudge on and at least attempt to make sense of this phenomenon which, I am promised, is the final issue of the four-part film series. None of this is to say the

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Berkshire Tidbits Special: Where to Eat on Thanksgiving
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
12:07PM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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There are not many Berkshire restaurants open or serving dinner this Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day. Many of those that are open and serving are already fully booked. Here are some that are still available to reserve seats for Thanksgiving dinner.   Everyone requires or requests reservations unless otherwise stated. Tax and gratuity are to be added to all prices unless otherwise stated.    
    This is a family-owned and run restaurant which serves mainly Greek food with an emphasis on seafood. But owners George and Irene Cami like to serve Thanksgiving dinner.   On Thanksgiving Day, in addition to their regular menu, they will be serving a turkey or a

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Berkshire Tidbits: More Thanksgiving Specials
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
11:39AM / Sunday, November 22, 2015
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Today, Sunday, Nov. 22, Capts. Darlene and Elliot Higgins and church members will cook and serve a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for anyone who wants one.

No reservations are needed. The Pittsfield Salvation Army is at 300 West St., Pittsfield

 



For the entire Thanksgiving week, Sunday, Nov. 22, through Friday, Nov. 27, Kripalu, 183 West St., Lenox, is offering a special rest and relaxation retreat to reflect on your own thankfulness and practice self-care at the same time.

The R&R retreat requires a minimum stay of two days. And/or enjoy their whole-foods Thanksgiving feast buffet which, actually,a memorable $18 plus tax.

A day pass, from 6 a.m. to the end

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