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Dear White People: Social Satire Looks at Race Relations in the Ivy League

The academics are tough enough at Winchester University, a mythical Ivy League institution. It’s too bad that black students there also have to worry about making themselves comfortable socially. That’s…

The Best of Me: High School Sweethearts Reunite in Adaptation of Best Seller

The true test of a good tearjerker movie is whether or not it moves you to tears. And this movie managed to make me cry in spite of myself. As…

The Judge: Downey and Duvall Make Amends in Courtroom Drama

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a successful criminal defense attorney with a good reason to hide his humble roots. It seems he was a rebellious child who frequently landed…

Kill the Messenger: Jeremy Renner Is Riveting in True Tale About Investigative Journalist

In August of 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published an exposé detailing how the Central Intelligence Agency had orchestrated the importation of crack cocaine from Nicaragua and its distribution…

The Equalizer: Denzel is a Vigilante in Adaptation of 80s TV Series

On the surface, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a pleasant hail fellow well met person. By day, the affable widower works as a sales associate at a hardware superstore where…

Hector and the Search for Happiness: Road Comedy Chronicles Eccentric Psychiatrist’s Quest for Joy

Hector (Simon Pegg) is a funny duck. The eccentric neat freak is lucky to have a girlfriend like Clara (Rosamund Pike) who’s willing to put up with his odd requests,…

This Is Where I Leave You: Family Grieves Patriarch in Droll Movie Based on Best Seller

When Mort Altman (Will Swenson) passed away, his children returned home expecting to remain in town for a day or two. After all, despite being raised as Jews, they had…

The Identical: Elvis Impersonator Showcases His Talent in Faith-Based Musical

What if Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin had survived his mother’s pregnancy instead of dying during the twins birth in January, 1935? That is the alternate reality presented in The Identical,…

The Giver: Streep and Bridges Co-Star in Adaptation of Children’s Novel

Despite being born in the same year and having overlapping careers, Oscar winners Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, and The Iron Lady) and Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) never…

The November Man: It’s Spy vs. Spy in a Labyrinthine Espionage Thriller

Director Roger Donaldson is probably most closely associated with No Way Out, one of the best espionage thrillers ever made. Here he revisits the genre with The November Man, although…

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