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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".

A Walk in the Woods Film Review star
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte star as two men attempting to hike the 2,000 mile Appalachian Trail and repair their friendship in the process. Adapted from Bill Bryson's bestselling book.

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.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople Film Review star
A misunderstood 13-year-old foster child finds love and acceptance in this comedic gem from Down Under. Written and directed by Taika Waititi, this sleeper hit is the biggest box office success from New Zealand to date.

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.

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 donít 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 Hunter Film Review star
The Tasmanian tiger was declared extinct in the 1980s, but is it? A biotech company does not think so and hires a mercenary to hunt the animal down. Willem Dafoe delivers another stellar performance in this unexpectedly beautiful and moving psychological thriller from Down Under.

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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