Currently Browsing: April 25, 2014

THE JEWISH CARDINAL

BioPic about Aaron Lustiger (born in France to Jewish refugee parents in 1926), who converted to Catholicism, rose rapidly thru the church hierarchy & became a key advisor to Pope Jean Paul II. The first half may be weighed down by exposition, but once Aaron Lustiger–now calling himself Jean-Marie Lustiger–faces off against Carmelite nuns who start […]

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BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD

Sixty years old and married to for decades, “Caroline” (Fanny Ardant) reaches a crisis point after her BFF dies of Breast Cancer. When “Caro” decides to retire, her daughters give her a membership in a Senior Center. Initially she is full of resentment but gradually she loosens up & even begins an affair with an instructor… […]

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DESERT RIDERS

Harrowing documentary–directed by Vic Sarin and penned by Noemi Weis–focuses on attempts by human rights activists to reunite boys smuggled to Persian Gulf countries to work as jockeys in high end camel races. To keep the minimum weight on the camels when they race, the boys are ensnared by human traffickers (who are often relatives […]

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THE GERMAN DOCTOR

Fascinating Argentine drama about Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele (“the Angel of Death”) imagines an upscale post-Auschwitz life for him in the Andean resort of Bariloche until Israelis capture Eichmann & Mengele flees to Paraguay. All the while, he continues his nefarious “experiments,” finding ideal subjects in teenage Lilith & her mother Eva (pregnant with […]

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THE OTHER WOMAN

A workaholic Manhattan lawyer named “Carly” (Cameron Diaz) discovers that her new squeeze has a wife named “Kate” (Leslie Mann) tucked away in a huge house in the burbs! And then they find him playing at the beach with yet another gorgeous–and very young–GalPal named “Amber” (Kate Upton) — Eek! Punishing duplicitous “Mark” (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) begins […]

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TANZANIA: A JOURNEY WITHIN

What begins as a light, tourist trip to Beautiful East Africa (Dar es Salaam! Mount Kilimanjaro!) turns more serious when a sunny American named Kristen Kenney follows her African friend Venance Ndibalema home & discovers the realities of poverty & disease in his ancestral village. Director Sylvia Caminer jumps right in, so what we learn about Kristen […]

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