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The Monuments Men: Film Recounts Secret Mission to Recover Stolen Masterpieces

Most people are probably unaware that while Hitler’s army were sweeping across Europe during World War II, he had also directed his army to sieze any priceless works of art…

Frozen: Musical Adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen Classic

Given the toll the polar vortex has been exacting on the continental U.S. lately, plenty of people can relate to the frigid predicament of the people living in the fictional…

Film Adapts Memoir About Navy SEALS Ambushed in Afghanistan

On June 28, 2005, a team of four Navy SEALs based in Afghanistan were issued orders in accordance with Operation Red Wings to locate and terminate a Taliban leader whose…

American Hustle: Retro Film About the Abscam Scandal and the Disco Era

In the late 70s six U.S. Congressional House Representatives  and a United States Senator were caught on camera taking bribes from FBI agents who were posing as wealthy Arab sheiks.…

In August: Osage County, Streep Heads Stellar Cast in Adaptation of Prize Winning Play

In 2008, the play August: Osage County not only won a Pulitzer Prize, but it also received five Tony Awards, including Best Play. However, the screen version of Tracy Letts’…

Saving Mr. Banks: Movie Recounts Disney’s Effort to Secure Rights to “Mary Poppins”

P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) was the pen name of Helen Lyndon Goff (1899-1996), the creator of the children’s classic series of Mary Poppins books. When his daughters were young, Walt Disney…

Mother Seeks Long-Lost Son in True Tale of Overwhelming Regret

Philomena Lee (Dame Judi Dench) made a big mistake as a teenager. She had sex with a boy (D.J. McGrath) whom she had just met at a carnival and became…

Nebraska: Father and Son Bond During Road Trip to Nebraska

Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is a 77-year-old addlepated alcoholic whose brain is so damaged that he’s convinced that he’s struck it rich after getting a mass-mailed letter announcing that the…

Idris Is Impressive in Adaptation of Revered Icon’s Autobiography, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Nelson “Madiba” Mandela (Idris Elba) secretly started writing his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom while still serving what he had every reason to believe would be a life sentence on…

Out of the Furnace: Ex-Con Searches for Missing Sibling in Revenge Thriller

Russell Baze (Christian Bale) is stuck in a dead-end job at a rural Pennsylvania steel mill that is rumored to be closing soon. However, he’s not in a position to…