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Ashes In The Snow

Reviewed on May 30 2019

Lithuanian and U.S. drama—A film about World War II, where the Russians exile hundreds of Lithuanians to Siberia, to slave labor camps, and the ordeals they go through to survive. This film is good but it has a kind of Russian "Hallmark" quality about it, but worth seeing anyway for its history. Sophie Cookson, Bel Powley. Languages: English, Russian, Lithuanian.

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Reviewed on Mar 29 2019

United States/United Kingdom/French drama—This film was nominated for Oscars in two categories, sound and cinematography, but Oscar Isaac's acting, singing, and playing was the highlight of the film. This film, for him, was a blessing I am sure, as he definitely was made for this part. I do not know if he was an actor before a singer/songwriter, but he has become known as an actor and his audience is surprised that he is also an accomplished singer and songwriter. He is a starseed and, ...
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Beautiful Boy

Reviewed on Feb 11 2019

Based on a true story of a drug-addicted teenager whose parents divorced at an early age. The boy finally got addicted to crystal meth. As a counselor I have been in rehabilitation since I was 24 years old, first working with Nicky Cruz Halfway Houses and many others around the country. I felt very close to the young man in this story and saw and worked with many like him and also many young women too. Luckily, this young man somehow—through what he writes in his book as a ...
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A Twelve-Year Night

Reviewed on Jan 11 2019

Uruguay, Argentina, Spain drama — A true story of three political prisoners, one of which becomes the President of the country of his imprisonment, just like Nelson Mandela. He was tortured and kept mostly in solitary for all these years and survived tremendous physical and emotional torture. To me, it is also a story of how destiny overrides the cruelty of evildoers when a soul is meant to live and become a president and leader. Language: Spanish with English subtitles

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A Star Is Born

Reviewed on Nov 29 2018

This of course is a recent movie, but I wanted to write a review of it. Being a musician myself, and an actor in my point of origin, and a professional extra in this life, I felt very close to the characters, having my best friend die of alcoholism, in a way committing suicide, but not hanging himself literally. I feel a kindred spirit to Lady Gaga because she is from an Italian family in real life and her character was from an Italian family, so I identified very much with the character and ...
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

Reviewed on Nov 05 2018

Joaquin Phoenix could very easily get an Academy Award for this film, but the Academy never gives people what they deserve (very seldom) because it’s all politics. However, every alcoholic ought to see this film. Superb acting by Rooney Mara, who falls in love with him in his physical disability. Jack Black does a fine job in playing Dexter, who is also an alcoholic and is quite believable. Jonah Hill does a wonderful job playing an alcoholic who overcomes his addiction and becomes a ...
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Patti Cake$

Reviewed on Oct 18 2018

This film was smart, hip, rad, and trace, about a female hip-hop artist who wants to succeed in the business and her lovable friends, who form a band of talented misfits. Young people (like me) would definitely love this film. Danielle Macdonald.

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