David Finnigan

Marv Ystrom

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Veteran optical effects specialist Marv Ystrom, who spent four decades producing optical effects and titles for TV and films including “The Exorcist,” died of a ruptured aneurysm June 4 at Sherman…

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Review: 'Fly Girls'

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After last week's almost messianic arrival of "The Phantom Menace" and its entirely fictitious heroes, the PBS documentary series "The American Experience" offers a welcome antidote of patriotic…

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Review: 'Existo'

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Nashville friends of actor Jim Varney, known for his "Hey, Vern" commercials and "Ernest" movies, have created a disaster called "Existo," a "leftist musical" lampooning Christian conservatives. As a…

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Review: 'Hot Irons'

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Detroit's African-American hairstylists show off their particular verve in "Hot Irons," a quick documentary that, while not deep, is fun eye candy. Filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu's busy style and camera…

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Review: 'Pop & Me'

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A father-and-son journey uses two often overused documentary genres -- the family reconciliation and the road trip -- to create a commercially viable debut in "Pop & Me," first-time director Chris…

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Review: 'Hoover Dam'

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Sometimes "The American Experience" takes its own format too religiously. The PBS staple suffers with one-hour programs such as the "Hoover Dam" documentary, which tries to cram into 60 minutes the…

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