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Twice Born

Reviewed on Oct 21 2014

Tragic love story during the Bosnian War. An Italian woman and an American photographer travel to Bosnia, where they fall in love, and the tragedy of war puts a heavy price on their relationship. Their marriage already struggling, due to her being childless, makes her seek out a surrogate mother. A male tour guide from Bosnia becomes involved, and you never know who is the real father and mother of the child until the end. The movie is very well done, very real, and very heartbreaking. Such ...
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City Of Life & Death

Reviewed on Oct 07 2014

A true story of the cruelty of the Japanese takeover in 1937 of Nanjing, the then-Chinese capital, where perhaps 300,000 to half a million people were slaughtered and the women were raped by the Japanese. The war scenes are all too real, as well as the cruelty. Director Chuan Lu. Mandarin, English, Japanese, and German with English subtitles.

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Valhalla Rising

Reviewed on Sep 24 2014

Not for the squeamish, but most men would like it. It deals with a Viking tribe that enslaves their captives and make them fight each other. One slave-warrior lives for 20 years and escapes. Unfortunately the ship he escapes in drifts across the ocean to the New World and he has to deal with the primitives. Holds your attention to the very end.

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Reviewed on Sep 17 2014

This was the great World War II battle that took hundreds of thousands of lives. This particular film deals mostly with a taking of a building, held by 5 Russian men, by the Nazis. One of the Russian men falls in love with a woman hiding in the building, who is also Russian, and she becomes pregnant by him. The man dies, and the woman and child go on to live somewhat of a normal life. A German officer falls in love with another Russian girl, who in turn loves him back, and her love for him ...
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The Monuments Men

Reviewed on Aug 27 2014

In World War II a group of art enthusiasts, including a professor from the United States, join with Europeans and some men from other countries to try to get back precious valuable art stolen from museums, churches, and private owners by the Nazis. They all join the United States army to do so. This is a true story. Some of the art recovered were masterpieces from Rembrandt, Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Unfortunately the Germans, in their retreat, destroyed a lot of precious ...
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American East

Reviewed on Aug 12 2014

I usually don't like dramatic comedies, but this one worked, because if you do a dramatic comedy you definitely have to be a really good director, and the director was in this case, because life is both dramatic and funny at the same time and people can be very humorous and the same person very dramatic. Good comedy contains both elements, with the exception of the modern profane comedians—who in my estimation are not comedians at all. This film addresses the issues of Arab, Jew, ...
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Hillary and Jackie

Reviewed on Jul 24 2014

This is the true story, made in England, of the Du Pré sisters who are ultra-talented musicians—one with the flute and the other a cellist. One goes on to greatness as a musician. The other one chooses marriage that slows down her career and her recognition in the world, but she is happily married with a beautiful country home and her famous sister desires her lifestyle. The film was excellently done and tries to show the emotional drama from their childhood to the tragic death of one of ...
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