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The Admiral: Roaring Currents

Reviewed on Aug 26 2015

South Korean drama—Based on a true story, in the 16th century a Korean admiral is far outnumbered by Japanese ships that are about to attack Korea. He comes up with the battle plan and wins the day. Great navy battle scenes with powerful men, not the Hollywood "warrior" types, but men you wouldn't want to meet on any battlefield, men of honor and loyalty to their Admirals, despite not understanding some of the orders they are given. Spectacular scenery and graphics. Director Han-min Kim. ...
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Marco Polo

Reviewed on Jul 02 2015

This is a Netflix-made film by 19 Producers & 6 Directors, that is one of the most excellent films I've ever seen. It's like a complete movie. The costumes are exquisite of the Mongolian and Chinese culture of the 12th Century, and it gives a more in-depth understanding of Marco Polo's eastern travels and his life and Kublai Khan, the Mongolian leader. The film has everything—great acting, great cinematography, great dialog (with often a lot of Oriental wisdom thrown in), beautiful sets, ...
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Last Knights

Reviewed on Apr 21 2015

Made in the Czech Republic and Seoul, Korea by Japanese Director/Producer Kaz Kiriya, the movie has all of the great Samurai traits with both Asian and English actors, also Iranian and other European actors. The mix works because everyone casted is a real man, which helps to make it much more believable. No Hollywood "warrior" types in this movie. I am always excited to see a film about loyalty and honor, strength and courage in the midst of tremendous evil opposition. In the film the great ...
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The Red Tent

Reviewed on Apr 07 2015

This is the story of Dinah, the daughter of Jacob of Israel and his wife Leah. Dinah was a half-sister to Joseph of Israel. The story speaks of much of Dinah's sufferings and the pain she felt over the loss of her husband, murdered by her own brothers, and the eventual loss of her son through the politics of the day in Egypt. I believe the writer of The Red Tent, Anita Diamant, may have actually lived during this time period and may have actually been married to one of the 12 sons of Jacob. ...
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St. Vincent

Reviewed on Mar 19 2015

Bill Murray does an excellent job as a crusty character who likes to drink, gamble, and swear. A lot is discovered about the other side of this man in the movie in which he babysits a young boy who he takes to the race track and bar and introduces him to a lady of the night, played by Naomi Watts, who you would believe is truly a Russian. Her accent was great. The movie has many touching moments and great messages, and with the exception of one sex scene it could have been for younger ...
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Reviewed on Mar 05 2015

J.K. Simmons plays a music teacher in a top-notch New York music jazz school who is only interested in making musicians exceptional and great, and often his methods seem abusive. See if you can tell if Miles Teller is really playing the drums. I'm a musician, and it was hard to tell. I think he played the longer-shot scenes and close-up scenes, someone else may have done that. Regardless of who did it, the drumming is exceptional. You don't become a great drummer unless you have a great ...
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The Good Lie

Reviewed on Jan 22 2015

This movie—that deals with the refugees from Sudan (called The Lost Boys)—shows the courage, tenacity, and fortitude that these refugees had to come out, on the other side, wonderful and kind human beings—which is evident in their personalities in the film (in which they play themselves). Many of them lost mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and were tortured, yet still showed no bitterness. These men, who came to the United States, taught Reese Witherspoon (who plays a social servant)...
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