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Movies: A Poitier appreciation, Golden Globes and best new flicks

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Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in "The Tragedy of Macbeth," director Joel Cohen's new rendition of Shakespeare's dark classic. (Apple Originals)

It's another edition of Midday at the Movies, our monthly look at films and filmmaking. Tom is joined once again by two of our favorite film aficianadoes: Ann Hornaday, the movie critic for The Washington Post and author the best-selling filmgoers' guide, Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies; and Jed Dietz, the founder and former director of the Maryland Film Festival.

Today, Ann and Jed remember the extraordinary, groundbreaking contributions of Sidney Poitier, the first Black actor to win an Academy Award, who died January 6 at the age of 94.

They size up the Golden Globe Awards, which have lost some of their luster in recent years. And they review some of the best films of 2021 and the best new theatrical and streaming releases of 2022. Among the movies they discuss today are The Power of the Dog, Licorice Pizza, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Don't Look Up, The Lost Daughter and Red Rocket.

And this note about an event this weekend honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Sunday afternoon at 1:00, Jews United for Justice and a consortium of synagogues and other Jewish organizations are presenting on online program called The Enduring Relevance of “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” with the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Taylor Branch, the activist Tara Huffman, Tre’ Murphy of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and students from the Baltimore School for the Arts. For more information on this event, click here.

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