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Media Reviews: Blackfish

Blackfish     2013, 83 mins., directed and written by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. This is the controversial documentary that tells the story of Tilikum, a killer whale, or orca (called “blackfish” in Native American lore). Held in captivity for years at amusement

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Media Reviews: Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher     2012, 130 mins., directed & written by Christopher McQuarrie. Based upon Lee Child’s ninth Reacher novel, One Shot, this film stars a miscasted Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, an iconcoclastic drifter ex-Marine. Even though the script

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Media Reviews: Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go     2010, 97 mins., directed & written by Dan Rush. Based upon a Raymond Carver short story (“Why Don’t You Dance”), this intelligent and well casted film stars Will Ferrell in a rare dramatic role as

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Media Reviews: Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths     2012, 110 mins., directed and written by Martin McDonagh.   Aspiring screenwriter, Marty (played by Colin Farrell) struggles to complete his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths.” Meanwhile his best friend, erstwhile dognapper Billy (Sam Rockwell) does his best

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Media Reviews: My Week with Marilyn

My Week With Marilyn 2011, 99 mins., directed by Simon Curtis Based on Colin Clark’s book, The Prince, the Showgirl, and Me, this film tells the story of young Clark (played by an excellent Eddie Redmayne) and the months he

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Media Reviews: The Wire

The Wire HBO, 2004-2008     With the city of Baltimore featured prominently in the news, this reviewer thought it timely to feature this series which focuses on a different institution in Baltimore and its relationship to law enforcement. Over

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Movie Reviews: Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas 2012, 172 mins., co-directed and co-written by Andy & Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer. Having avoided this film for so long, after hearing secondhand reports of a disjointed, ponderous effort, this reviewer reports that this adaption of David

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Movie Reviews: The Way Way Back

The Way Way Back 2013, 103 mins., co-directed and co-written by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash. Painfully shy and socially awkward 14-year old Duncan (Liam James, The Killing) and his mom (Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine) are invited to spend

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Movie Reviews: The Intouchables

The Intouchables 2011, 112 mins., directed and written by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.   A crowd-pleasing film which broke box office records in its native France, and across Europe, it’s based on a true story of a paraplegic millionaire

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Movie Reviews: August Rush

August Rush 2007, 114 mins., directed by Kirsten Sheridan.   A fairy tale of a movie, loosely based on the book, Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens. Musically gifted orphan, August Rush, played by Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

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