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Day Of The Falcon

Reviewed on Jul 17 2013

I don't know why this film did not even come to the Tucson area (possibly because it was made overseas), but it is a great film about the beginning of the oil industry in the early 1900s in Arabia. Oil was found by an American company out of Houston, Texas, on a piece of land that the tribes had designated common area after many wars. Two main chieftains—one played by Antonio Banderas (the more greedy and less noble Emir) and the very noble Sultan chieftain (played by Mark Strong)—have ...
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Sliver Linings Playbook

Reviewed on Jul 02 2013

This is a very well-made film that has both the ethnocentric wonderful qualities of a neighborhood in Philadelphia combined with the mental health issues in two people's lives, who come together and find each other through their own struggles in life. Basically, many starseed are labeled bipolar and other psychological disorders because they can't deal with modern society and the evil in it. They can't play the game of compromise and narrow-mindedness and parental control. Breaking free of ...
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Love in the Time of Cholera

Reviewed on Apr 08 2013

Love In The Time Of Cholera is a sleeper film that should have won the Academy Award in the United States, but you know how it is—it's all political and they never really select the best picture or actors and actresses. Here the young Javier Bardem (who plays Florentino Ariza) falls in love as a pre-teen with Fermina (played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno), but when they are old enough to marry, the father (played by John Leguizamo) keeps them apart because the then young Florentino is ...
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Bless Me, Ultima

Reviewed on Mar 13 2013

This film was a pleasant viewing experience, as it did not have the typical Hollywood violence, sex, and language. Its subject matter deals with an old medicine woman who comes to live with her relatives before she dies, in a 1940s New Mexico rural area, and the many superstitions behind certain gifts that some people do have for medicinal herbs and people who have clairvoyance. The medicine woman—like many healers in the past—was called a witch by some and had to deal with the ...
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Edges of The Lord

Reviewed on Mar 08 2013

Willem Dafoe plays a Catholic priest who tries to protect a Jewish boy from the Nazis. The story has many touching moments, and the little boy (played by Haley Joel Osment) is very lovable boy and your heart goes out to him. This film shows the courage of those who stand up for what is right. It's well worth watching.

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Reviewed on Jan 01 2013

The filmmaker Carmine Famiglietti tells his story of his own eating disorder over a period of 10 years, from being 300+ lbs. and going on a crash vegetable diet and getting to his normal weight for his height and then gaining most of it all back. The film has interesting characters, mostly all Italian, who are professional actors and the filmmaker himself is a good actor. He shows the difficulty of trying to overcome emotional overeating, which he discovers 10 years later is a problem that he...
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Reviewed on Dec 01 2012

This is a beautiful family movie that takes place by the ocean and goes from the present to the past, involving a special young woman who is in touch with the ocean in her soul, like some people are in touch with animals and the desert and the mountains. She falls in love with a dashing young man who sails in on a military vessel, and his family thinks that she is not of his class, but he sees her spiritual depth and inner beauty. There are no unnecessary sex scenes, and the movie is done ...
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