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In the Heart of the Sea

Reviewed on Jun 06 2016

United States/Australian/Spanish/United Kingdom/Canadian drama—Based on a true story, Chris Hemsworth plays a sailor from the northeast United States in the early 19th century who goes on a voyage around the bottom of South America, close to the Antarctic and they run into a great Moby-Dick size whale who destroys the ship and most of the men die. He makes it back after being lost on an island for months. In his later life he tells the story to a journalist who then writes the story that we...
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War Witch

Reviewed on May 02 2016

Canadian drama —A teenage African girl is kidnapped by rebels and forced to fight. She is abused. She survives by her powers as a seer to give information about what she sees to the leader, who protects her as long as she is useful. The film has hard to watch scenes if you are squeamish, but by filmmaking standards it could win an Academy Award in most countries because it's very real. This Canadian film was shot in the Democratic Republic Of Congo with African actors. Director Kim Nguyen. ...
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Mozart in the Jungle

Reviewed on Apr 16 2016

It's a television series that's on Amazon. It's about the New York Philharmonic today and a fictional maestro from Mexico, who is a starseed, who most likely is from the universe of Avalon and the planet of Alcyone (don't ask—but if interested, see The Cosmic Family, Volume I). His beautiful wife is also a starseed, who's probably from the universe of Fanoving. Both of them are great violinists. The show revolves around quirky musicians in the Philharmonic and their lifestyles, making ...
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The Salvation

Reviewed on Dec 21 2015

Mads Mikkelsen does an excellent job in playing the quiet, tough man Jon Jensen who revenges his son's, wife's, and brother's deaths by the hands of two 1870s cowboys. The brother, Mikael Persbrandt, also plays a man's man, who saves Jon from the hands of the vicious Henry Delarue (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his gang, who are bent to kill Jon for killing Henry's brother, even though it was in retribution for the rape and murder of his wife and son. This European cowboy film is much better than ...
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Beasts of No Nation

Reviewed on Nov 13 2015

This is a story of a young African teenager who is abducted by the rebels to be a child soldier. His whole family is killed, and the atrocities that he goes through are hard to believe. And because this happens to so many young African boys and the film is done so realistically, it made me wish I was young again to go join the group of mercenaries to go after those rebels and bring them to justice. The boy was even physically abused by his crazed commander. The film is brutal, so be aware. ...
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The Water Diviner

Reviewed on Oct 20 2015

Australian/United States/Turkish—Russell Crowe (Conner) is an intuitive but also a rugged Australian trying to work out a living in the Australian outback with his wife and three sons. The three sons go to war in 1915 and are sent to Turkey to fight the Battle of Gallipoli. None come back, so he goes to look for them. It's right after the war, and the Turks and Australians go back to the battle scene where a half a million men on both sides died. Connor intuits where his sons died and their...
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Ex Machina

Reviewed on Sep 23 2015

This is an excellent artsy futuristic film that shows the talent of Oscar Isaac, as he can play a mild-mannered mayor or a macho crazed scientist, and I'm sure anything he wants to play, with extreme talent and believability. Alicia Vikander plays a robot that is sexually attractive. The story has many twists and keeps your interest throughout the whole film, with an exciting and well-thought-out ending. I wouldn't miss this one. But it's only for avant-garde film goers. Director Alex ...
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