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The Unglory Of War
Jacob Sahms, Editor
As graphic as Lone Survivor and yet as emotionally exploratory as Zero Dark Thirty, Fury combines a terrific writer/directorial effort by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) with lifetime best level performances by Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal.

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A Story of Sin and Repentance
Darrel Manson
When Darius Clark Monroe was sixteen he was in honors classes at school. He served on the student council. He had a job and a loving family. When he was seventeen he entered prison after having been convicted of bank robbery. In Evolution of a Criminal, Monroe tells his own story of how this happened and, more importantly, what has happened since.

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More Than A Courtroom Drama
Mike Furches
Duvall is at the top of this game, Downy has never been better, and the supporting cast is excellent. I can't think of a better, more thought-provoking movie that I have seen this year than The Judge.

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Adrift in Grief
Darrel Manson
Rudderless is the story of a man set adrift in his grief. Sam, an advertising executive, has his world torn asunder when his son dies in a shooting on a college campus. He just can't get over it and two years later is living in an alcoholic haze on a boat.

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Beyond Seeing
Darrel Manson
As we watch we may be challenged to rethink what we regard as disability. Certainly these boys are far better chess players that I ever was even with my advantage of being able to look at the chessboard and see where all the pieces are.

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What Is Marriage?
Jacob Sahms
I didn't read the book, so I went in mostly... blind. That's fitting for a film that is basically about the covers we put up to hide our true selves, and the secrets no one else knows. The best picture I've seen this year, it's more than mildly disturbing, incredibly suspenseful, and a lens by which we might examine our own relationships... especially in marriage.

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Interview With Screenwriter Ma...
Jacob Sahms, Editor
Margaret Nagle bares her love for kids, the story she has to share, and the difference a movie might make.

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A Walk in the Desert
Darrel Manson
In 1977, Robyn Davidson set off from Alice Springs in the middle of Australia on a 1700 mile journey to the Indian Ocean with four camels and her dog. She had no real training for such a journey. She wasn't trying to prove anything. She just wanted to be alone.

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Truth and Lies
Darrel Manson
Respected journalist Gary Webb of the San Jose Mercury News came across the story of a lifetime. But soon it turned into a nightmare as his credibility and reliability came under attack—not only by the government but by his own profession. Kill the Messenger recounts his story as well as the story he broke.

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Doing the Right Thing
J. Alan Sharrer
Jesus returns. And the world weeps and gnashes its teeth collectively, while the amount of laundry that is left from all the raptured people in the New York City area is staggering.

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Mass Murderer and Loving Famil...
Darrel Manson
Alternating personal documents with archival footage of the period, including some very disturbing scenes of killing and concentration camps, the film juxtaposes the middle-class everyman side of Himmler with the atrocities that he oversaw. It reminds us that even those who do terrible things may be capable of being loving to those around them.

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Be Who You're Supposed To Be
Jacob Sahms
McCall is like a Clint Eastwood character: above the law, more effective than the law, and driven by an eye-for-an-eye ethos. The film is by turns entertaining and terrifying, and shows off the kind of pairing we'd expect from Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua.

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Teaser Trailer Finally Here
Mark Sommer
At long last, the Teaser Trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies is out, and we have it here. There is a bit of a teaser within the teaser for those who know the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy well. Jackson has chosen to use Billy Boyd's "All Shall Fade" from The Return of the King. Will Pete find a way to bring Pippin into the movie? Click through to view.

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Mad Max
Jason C. Stanley
No longer is the screen dominated by dark leather and villainous faces but by sunshine, beaches, and bluejeans. Life is good. This change marks the tension between the future that Max and the police are fighting for and the reality that the biker gang prefers. It is the tension between good and evil; justice and injustice; integrity and corruption.

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