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Reluctantly Likable
So there I was, sitting in a darkened theater certain I wouldn't like this new Annie and about halfway through I found myself reluctantly admitting, "I think I actually like this movie." And I do. In fact, Annie is a delightful, light-hearted, heart-warming, just plain fun film that will leave you feeling good.

content pic Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Aiming For Greatness
Jacob Sahms, Editor
There are so many angles to approach Moses' story from, but Ridley Scott's new film is a scattershot attempt to cover all of them.

content pic Inside the Mind of Leonardo (2014)
Genius with a Healthy Ego
Darrel Manson
I was a bit surprised at just how many of Leonardo's great projects went unfulfilled. He endeared himself to one patron by saying he was a designer of military weapons, but they were never made. He promised a huge equestrian statue, but the metal was ultimately needed for cannons. Even the Mona Lisa, we discover, was found with his unfinished art works, although he had been working on it for years.

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First Impressions Review
Mark Sommer
I did ask these questions as I watched The Battle of the Five Armies this evening, but I found myself being very much less irked this time around. Maybe it was my attitude going in. Or maybe my first impression is right: This is far and away the best movie of the three.

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A Faith That Refuses to Break
Mike Furches
I love movies, so much so that on occasion I will drive three hours through rush hour traffic in a major city to see one. Such was the case recently when I drove to Kansas City for an advance screening of Unbroken, a film meant to inspire and reflect the power of forgiveness.

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Blogging Brokenness
Darrel Manson
Is it fame or attention we want, or are we really seeking a sense of being loved? That seems to be obvious in Katie's attraction to older men—looking for her father's love. But others are also busy looking for love or youth or some other evidence that they are more valuable than they feel.

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A Love Story
Darrel Manson
In the 1950s, Switzerland had no laws against homosexuality, which is not the same thing as saying it was totally accepted. The Circle (named after the gay-centric arts and literary journal published there) gives us a look at those times as well as a real-life love story between Röbi Rapp and Ernst Ostertag—a story that continues to be lived out today.

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Two Parts, Smart Move
I'm generally pretty cynical about the whole concept of splitting books into multiple movies, but with Mockingjay, not only was it absolutely the right move, but it may help the weakest book become the best movie.

content pic Immortalists, The (2014)
Science and Ethics
Darrel Manson
I try to imagine the world as if there was this blue pill you could take and stay indefinitely young. Would that be a heaven on Earth or would it be a hell? Would it be a lot more like today than we imagine?

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From Dandy to Ascetic
Darrel Manson
The grandson of vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, Nicky Vreeland was born to wealth and privilege. But somewhere along the line, he began searching for something more out of life. Monk With a Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland tells of his discovery of Tibetan Buddhism and his decision to spend his life as a monk.

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Law or Tradition
Darrel Manson
At times long-held traditions come in conflict with newer laws, especially in places where modernity is expanding. Difret is set in Ethiopia in 1996 and is based on a true story. A lawyer trying to establish women's rights in a very patriarchal society takes the case of a girl accused of murdering the man who abducted her for marriage.

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