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Winfrey may be the finest of all. You'd think she might turn Gloria into a snoozy role model. Gloria is flawed (she drinks), but Winfrey knows when to go for laughs, too—she takes the role seriously without making it self-serious. One of Gloria's big dreams is to visit the White House, but she has to wait a long time for it to happen. (Mrs. Reagan—played, like a tiny powerhouse, by Jane Fonda—is the first First Lady to extend the invitation.) That's part of the reason Gloria resents her husband's dedication to his job, and to his presidents, particularly the kindly, anxiety-ridden JFK.

One night, after she and Cecil have been arguing, Gloria rouses herself from bed—she's just a little bit sozzled—and goes over to her vanity mirror, where she applies a coat of lipstick as meticulously as only a truly angry woman can. She taunts her husband: "I bet you wish I spoke French, just like Jack-ay." There's bitterness in that moment, but Winfrey also makes it funny. This is the opposite of great-lady acting—it's something much better, more vibrant and alive, and whatever The Butler's flaws may be, Winfrey's off-the-cuff fortitude is emblematic of its spirit. Daniels has made a proper movie, with all the conventionality that implies, yet it's progressive in its heart. Sometimes the best way to fight the power is to bend it to your will.

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The Butler
Directed by Lee Daniels
The Weinstein Company
Opens August 16

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Maspero YF
Maspero YF

Did Europe and America support the Muslim Brotherhood to eliminate Christians in Egypt? At a time when the Copts (Egyptian Christians) are suffering from unprecedented state of persecution during the past 12 of the rule of the over-thrown ex-president Mohamed Morsi, reached its peak on Wednesday 14th of August by burning and destroying more than 25 churches and buildings belonging to them, in addition to burning property, houses and shops. Copts were shocked by insensitive statements, issued by officials in the United States and Europe are going all on one approach , emphasizes the condemnation of what it called violence of the security forces and the army to break up sit-ins of armed Muslim Brotherhood, while not a single word of condemnation of the senseless violence the Copts have suffered, persecution and genocide, which is surprising and call into question: Are Europe and America allied with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and support the bloodshed of Egyptian Christians. While Egypt's Christian minority are being slaughtered at the hands of the Islamic groups and the Jihad organizations in Upper Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo and others, The US and Europe turns a blind eye choosing to appease the terrorists allied with Al-Qaeda, which has waged terrorist operations against the United States and Europe Facts: In the past 24 hours, the Muslim Brotherhood has: 1. Burned about 25 church in a single day in Egypt is a testament to the size of oppression practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood to terrorize the peaceful Christians and deny them the right to worship. It is one of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 2. Intimidated the Christians in Upper Egypt and prevented them from leaving their homes and abused, and threatened to kill them, something we have become afraid of on the lives of millions of Christians, especially in Upper Egypt 3 Terrorism reached it border is unprecedented by burned even schools of the Coptic institutions In view of all what we suffered, from persecution, discrimination and ethnic cleansing we emphasize Europe and the United States' implicit responsibility for all the atrocities inflicted upon us under the blatant American-European support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its allied terrorist groups A statement is attached with the most important attacks on the Coptic churches and Coptic establishments on Wednesday,14th of August , 2014 Report about the attacks on Christians and their churches, their property and their facilities on 14/8/2013 by the Muslim Brotherhood 1 Church of the Virgin Mary and Anba Abram of the Copts Orthodox village Dljh, the center of Deir Mawas, Minya Governorate burning church and demolished 2 Church of St. Mina Coptic Orthodox + clinic Abu Hilal District Kebly governorate of Minya burning church 3 Center Baptist Church Bani Mazar, Minya Governorate burning church 4 Church Street Prince Taodharos Husseiny, Medan Sednawy, Minya, burned 5 Third Evangelical Church Minya fully fire Evangelical Church Ezbet Gad Mr., Minya fully fire 6 St. George's Coptic orthodox church the land of the archbishopric, Sohag Governorate, burning church hurch and building services electricity 7 Marmriqs Street, Sohag, burning 8 Church of the Virgin and Anba Abram Sohag burning 9 Prince Taodharos church burning Echatbi Fayoum 10 Church of Virgin Mary for the Coptic orthodox the village Nazlah, Yusuf Center, Fayoum governorate, burning Church St. Demiana village Alzerby, Fayoum, burning 12 Sisters of the Good Shepherd Monastery School Army Street Church, Suez Governorate, burning 13 Alfrencescan parents Church, Street 23, the Suez, burning Greek Church Paradise Street, Suez, fully burned 14 Evangelical Church Army Street, Suez, Fire 15 16 George Church kolta and Namees street Governorate of Assiut, Fire 17 Apostolic Church kolta and names street, Governorate of Assiut, Fire Assiut Reformed Church, fully burned 18 19 Church of virgin Mary el saf , Osfih, Helwan Fire St' George Church Meadow, Qalubiya, Fire20 St' Mina Church, Omranya, Giza, burning 21 22 Virgin Church Street ten, Boulaq Dakrour, Giza burning St' George Church Arish burning23 24 The Mar John Church, longing Street, Minya Governorate, burning 25 Church of Virgin Mary Kafr Hakim, Kerdasa, Giza, burning 26 St. Mina Church in Beni Mazar-Minya, burning 27 Church of Virgin Mary in Bani Mazar, Center Street, Minya, burning Maspero Youth Foundation for Development and Human Rights contact@myfdhr.com Founder : Ramy Kamel +2 01276227168

jmac050602
jmac050602

A writer should know that "too didactic" is redundant. The idea of being didactic is the idea of being too much of something already.  What an idiot.

UNo1
UNo1

@Maspero YF No. 

 

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