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A Long Way Down Film Review star
A chance encounter between four strangers on New Year's Eve causes their lives to be irrevocably altered, for the better. Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette star in the screen version of Nick Hornby's "A Long Way Down".

Big Stone Gap Film Review star
Ave Maria Mulligan, single and proud at 40 years old, faces a crisis when her mother dies and a family secret is revealed. Adriana Trigiani wrote and directed this film, based on her best-selling novel "Big Stone Gap".

Child 44 Film Review star
An authoritarian state allows criminality to flourish because it refuses to acknowledge the truth. Tom Hardy stars in this dark and gripping tale, based on the best-selling novel by Tom Rob Smith.

Kinky Boots Review star
Kinky Boots, a quest for identity, provides a wealth of information below the surface because the aspirations of different characters are embodied in their accents and speech patterns. Rated PG-13 but better for 17 and up.

Ladies in Lavender Movie Review star
Ladies in Lavender put a little in your smile along with the little blush in their own cheeks. A Polish violinist is washed overboard and washes ashore then is awash with affection and attention.

Michael Kohlhaas Film Review star
Mads Mikkelsen stars as "Michael Kohlhaas", a 16th century horse trader who rebels against the authority of the church and state. Set in the majestic Cevenne Mountain region of France, "Michael Kohlhaas" is a cinematic feast for the eyes.

The Celestine Prophecy Review star
There is a strong resemblance between the events in The Celestine Prophecy and the historic episodes between the Church and Galileo and Copernicus, both of whom presented new ideas about the world we see--or don’t see--and offers an interesting Adventure Drama story in Peru.

The Company You Keep Film Review star
Jim Grant has eluded the FBI for thirty years. But when a woman from his past is arrested, and a reporter starts investigating, Grant learns that he can't outrun the truth. Robert Redford stars in and directs this adaptation of Neil Gordon's novel.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Review star
We see life more clearly in retrospect, but when you’re born at the wrong end of life, which way is retrospect? Benjamin Button leaves the world with less experience than he brought into it. He becomes the incarnation of the “second childhood.” An implausible story is brilliantly made believable.

The Informant Review star
When good intentions and human foibles get together, embarrassingly funny situations result, especially when you’re an FBI informant wearing a wire and surrounded by cameras.

Truth Film Review star
Cate Blanchett stars as CBS news producer Mary Mapes. When CBS airs her story on the National Guard Service of President George W. Bush, Mapes finds herself in the middle of a firestorm of controversy. Robert Redford co-stars as CBS news anchor Dan Rather, who is also caught in the crossfire.

Whiplash Film Review star
"Whiplash", the story of a student drummer and his combative teacher, won three Academy Awards and received glowing reviews. This intense film espouses a "practice until you bleed" philosophy.

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