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Marianne Darragh


Marianne Darragh is a Whitehorse-based writer who enjoys reviewing movies available at the Whitehorse Public Library


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Issue: 2015-03-12 PHOTO: hgtv.com

The inherent drama of buying, selling, or renovating homes is tailor-made for reality television. You don’t need to own a house to be captivated by the minutiae of managing the large and small choices these programs painstakingly document. more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-02-19

Food is a hardworking component of any television or film crew, serving as prop, symbol, characterization, and plot point for numerous scripts. Jerry Seinfeld has a cupboard full of cereal, and pizza-delivery on speed-dial, and when Seinfeld... more

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-02-12 PHOTO: IMDb

Imagine being able to pick out a child from an assortment of infants and toddlers, as easily as choosing a puppy from a litter or candy from a dish. You might even take two. more

Feb 12, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: Universal Pictures

A flawed character struggles to unravel the threads of a pivotal event, though hobbled by some impediment – amnesia, maybe, or being stranded in a foreign country where everyone speaks an unfamiliar language. It’s a dramatic device of my favourite... more

Jul 12, 2017 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Pixabay

Somewhere in the tangle of ersatz gold rush facades, back alley shops and parking lots of Whitehorse, a portrait of the Fab Four used to sweep across the wall of one of the city’s shopping malls. Or did I imagine it? It’s gone now, but I remember... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: BBC static archive

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to Pride and Prejudice, once is not enough. For acolytes, Jane Austen’s best-selling novel of the early 19th century invites reading again and again – and again. The same applies to the... more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: IMDb

The mayor of Chicago is mad as a hatter, but the trains run on time. Having been mayor for a couple of decades, Tom Kane is the ultimate power player; he has a lot to say about which councillors get elected and he wields that power like a mace to... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: IMDb

“It’s like everybody knows the story,” muses a reporter to her colleague. “Except us.” The journalists of “Spotlight,” a legendary investigative unit at the Boston Globe, won a Pulitzer for a series of revelatory articles on the cover-up of child... more

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: amazon.com

It was the short, sharp shock heard round the world – eventually. But in the world of Topsy-Turvy, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado is being staged for the very first time, and there’s a lot at stake. Before Topsy-Turvy, released in 1999 and... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2016-11-02, PHOTO: IMDb.com

“The story is ridiculous – ludicrous.” That’s director John McTiernan blithely dismissing the plot of one of the most successful thrillers of the past 30 years. Reservations about the plot aside, McTiernan had something particular in mind for this... more

Nov 2, 2016 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: IMDB.com

The epic saga of immigration is brought to human scale in Brooklyn, a critically acclaimed film based on the novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Released in 2015 and available on DVD at the Whitehorse Public... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2016-10-06

Young Alex DeLarge and his gang of droogs aren’t choosy about whose lives they wreak mindless havoc on. From the down-at-the-heels to the well-heeled, the young thugs attack indiscriminately, mercilessly and irrationally. more

Oct 6, 2016 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: Flat Tire Films

Movie lovers have a chance this weekend to experience a rare venue for viewing in the north – a pop-up drive-in movie night is set for October 1 at The Cut Off Restaurant and Pub parking lot. The latest creative entry in the fine Yukon tradition... more

Sep 29, 2016 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: IMDb.com

Panama Papers got you down? Still feeling the chill of tax season? A dose of the 2014 film Foxcatcher, based on a true story and available on DVD at the Whitehorse Public Library, might be just the thing to remind you to be thankful that you... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2016-08-04, PHOTO: IMDb.com

Did Stieg Larsson know his character Lisbeth Salander was destined to achieve the iconic status of a Marvel superhero? Maybe not. In the 2011 American remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, available on DVD at Whitehorse Public Library, ... more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2016-03-10, PHOTO: wikimediacommons.org

In 1918, a young American soldier emerged from the ruins of a military kennel with a frantic, famished German Shepherd and her five newborn pups. Their survival on the battlefield in France was almost miraculous; Lee Duncan, their saviour, kept... more

Mar 10, 2016 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-12-24, PHOTO: IMDb.com

Vampires – is there anything they can’t do? Durable symbols of an underworld that may or may not exist, they show up in the popular culture adept at drama, mystery, romance, horror or comedy. All those theatrical balls are juggled at once in Being... more

Dec 24, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-12-17, PHOTO: IMDb.com

They stayed in the game ... They’re the most-famous musicians you’ve never heard of. Merry Clayton’s performance in the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” is the exemplar of the memorable riff by the unknown singer at the back of the band – it’s... more

Dec 17, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-12-10 PHOTO: IMDb.com

Many beloved Christmas films had inauspicious debuts. It’s a Wonderful Life lost money for the studio when it was released in 1946, but television viewings turned it into a bona fide classic 30 years after its release. Similarly, Love Actually... more

Dec 10, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-11-26 PHOTO: Promotional

No gadgets, guns or trophy girl in sight – John le Carré’s spy universe is stripped of glamour, but all the more fascinating for his intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the inner circle that fought for nebulous ground in the Cold War. more

Nov 26, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-10-01 PHOTO: hbocanada.com

Winter is coming. You might say that’s our motto above the 60th parallel, but they’re also words to live by in Winterfell, the northernmost kingdom of imaginary Westeros. The Game of Thrones saga has unexpectedly surpassed cult status, but its... more

Oct 1, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-09-24 PHOTO: Promotional

Another comedy that’s not really a comedy – that’s been my reaction to many contemporary films that seem to centre on the sad-clown school of funny, balanced heavily on the side of making me sad, and not in the fun way. more

Sep 24, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV

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Issue: 2015-09-03 PHOTO: wikipedia commons.com

Near the end of his memoir, Chronicles, Volume I, Bob Dylan recalls the seismic effect of hearing Robert Johnson’s album, King of the Delta Blues Singers, for the first time, in the early 1960s. “From the first note, the vibrations from the... more

Sep 3, 2015 12:00 AM Movies and TV