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Letting Go
Mike Furches
If I Stay may not provide all the answers, but it does leave many answers up to the viewer. And it provides us with something we rarely see in film: a strong loving family.

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Seeing Things for the First Ti...
J. Alan Sharrer
I read The Giver for the first time while in high school and was immediately entranced by the ideas and depth of the subject matter. The nice thing about the movie version is that the themes and ideas are still there. In many ways, this is a thinking person's film, wrapped up in YA dystopian trimmings.

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Sins of the Father
Jacob Sahms
Paul (Jason Patric), or "The Prince," was a crazy gunrunning mobster back in the day. When he leaves that life in New Orleans, he leaves his reputation behind and becomes a mechanic; but in a tale that's been told over and over, that life won't leave him behind.

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Layer Cake
Jacob Sahms
I remember being thrown by the dialogue the first time I saw Layer Cake. It might as well have been a foreign film! But while there is significant violence, it's a slow boil; like A History of Violence or Drive, it's the machinations of criminals trapping and tricking other criminals, the downward spiral of greed chasing the bigger haul, the bigger steal.

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Inspiring Love Story
Darrel Manson
Much of what makes the film so engaging and edifying are the performances by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as Ben and George. They portray a couple with a long history and affection that has grown with time. They are not only a loving couple, but also a very lovable couple.

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The School of Football
J. Alan Sharrer
For Coach Ladouceur, it was easy to teach football, but difficult to teach kids how to live. He was more concerned with the latter.

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The Good Priest
Darrel Manson
The film opens with Father James in the confessional. Someone enters and tells of his abuse by a priest as a child. The speaker goes on to tell Fr. James that he is going to kill him, not because he is a bad priest, but because he is a good priest—innocent of the crime against him.

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Denial Runs Deep
Darrel Manson
How do we deal with a reality that is too hard to face? In After a family's whole world is changed by a terrible tragedy.

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A Trippy Journey to the Mind's...
What would happen if people could reach their full potential in the usage of their minds? Would we unravel the secrets of the universe? And if so, would we finally understand what the meaning of life is? A bigger question after seeing Lucy is, would we really want to know?

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Heroism Is A Choice
Jacob Sahms
Guardians of the Galaxy is the best movie I've seen this summer, and I've seen my share. But of the Marvel movies I've seen, it's also the one with the most meaning. It proves that you don't have to be a Guardians fan to enjoy the film, or even a superhero fan. You just have to be ready to dream, ready to laugh, and ready to hope that you too would step up when the universe is on the line.

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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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Whistleblower or Murderer?
Darrel Manson
Because we spend so much time with Winfield and his family, we begin to hope that he will not have to go to prison. After all, he tried to alert the army. But what about the involvement he did have? To what extent should he be held accountable?

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From Tragedy To Healing
Jacob Sahms, Editor
The real-life story of how a family lost a child and healed through building a hospital, the film asks us to consider how we grieve and what we do to help others.

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