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Cake takes us into the darkly funny world of Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) who initiates a dubious relationship with a widower (Sam Worthington) while confronting fantastical hallucinations of his dead wife (Anna Kendrick). With her feisty housekeeper-cum-caretaker (Adriana Barraza) ever at her side, Claire searches for human connection and self-forgiveness in this tale of personal redemption.
A remarkable autobiography of Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tormented and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Decades later, still suffering the trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax and his wife Patti (Nicole Kidman) discover that the Japanese interpreter responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and set out to confront him, in this powerful and inspiring tale of heroism, humanity and the redeeming power of love.
Written and directed by acclaimed fine artist Andrew Levitas. Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Garrett Hedlund) discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in forty-eight hours' time. During this intensely condensed period, a lifetime of drama plays out. Robert (Richard Jenkins) fights a zero sum game to reclaim all that his illness stole from his family. A debate rages on patients' rights and what it truly means to be free.
An up and coming attorney reaches a pivotal point in his life and career when he falls in love with the wife of his boss. After a period of soul searching, he must decide between the desires of his heart and the principles of his faith.
Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Nica (Hani Furstenberg) are young, in love and engaged to be married. While backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, they hire a local guide to lead them on a camping trek. Venturing into the stunning wilderness, the trio's peaceful adventure takes a dark turn when they encounter an armed man and his two sons...
An extraordinary story about finding hope, joy and music behind bars. Rita Chiarelli, Canada's Queen of the Blues, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the Blues: Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary, a.k.a Angola Prison - formerly the bloodiest prison in America.
DVD Review FIGHTVILLE (BLU-RAY)
I am far from a fan of Mixed Martial Arts, but I do love a good documentary film, regardless of the subject. Good word of mouth has me thinking that this flick could be just that.
Starring Eric Roberts and Steve Talley and direct by Curt Hahn. The film is infused with themes of forgiveness, redemption and faith, and was awarded the Dove Foundation's seal of approval for family audiences.
The film focuses primarily on Julie Thompson, a young conservative Christian woman who is truly tested by God after deciding to give birth to a child conceived in rape. In order to move forward with her life, Julie, who is still struggling to forgive the man who violated her, boldly goes to the prison and forges an unlikely bond with him. The ultimate, uplifting message of the film is that we are all part of God's universe, no matter how good or bad we are.
Fate Drew Them Together, Only Murder Could Part Them - 1946 Film Noir Classic Stars Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and Kirk Douglas in his film debut.
To an outsider, the Taylors are the very picture of the successful American family: Charles (Willem Dafoe) is a tenured professor on track to become university president, son Michael (Ryan Reynolds) is a prolific and well-known romance novelist, daughter Ryne (Shannon Lucio) is poised to enter a prestigious law school, and on the day we are introduced to them, matriarch Lisa (Julia Roberts) will graduate from college-decades after leaving to raise her children. But when a serious accident interrupts the celebration, the far more nuanced reality of this Midwestern family's history and relationships come to light.
DVD Review LIFE DURING WARTIME (Criterion Blu-ray)
This brilliant follow-up to Solondz's masterpiece, Happiness is nearly half the running time of that film, but packs just as much punch. Plus, it sure doesn't hurt that it's being released by the Criterion Collection.
The grim, bloody and chaotic series follows the struggles of several women imprisoned in an experimental penal complex in Mexico City. Starring Ana De La Reguera, Erendira Ibarra and Dolores Heredia, Capadocia draws inspiration from the real-life events and inmates at Mexico City’s infamous Santa Marta Women’s prison.
...the fascinating story of the notorious drug kingpin's life, death and legacy of suffering as seen through the eyes of his only son, while illuminating Colombia's violent recent history from a new perspective.
DVD Review ROBERTO ROSSELLINI'S WAR TRILOGY
Criterion's great big box of Neorealism.
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