I’m generally pretty cynical about the whole concept of splitting books into multiple movies, but with Mockingjay, not only was it absolutely the right move, but it may help the weakest book become the best movie.
What makes the story important for Lithuanians today is not that the fighters succeeded in their efforts to establish freedom, but that when the Soviet Union finally disintegrated and Lithuania did become independent, they looked back at those who made sacrifices in pursuit of freedom as examples to build their identity as Lithuanians.
A similar set of scenes involves a statue of Joe Paterno on campus. Some want the statue removed. Others want to pose by it. Then there is one man who makes a silent, mostly passive protest, holding a sign. The vehemence with which people respond to him is an indicator of how deeply the controversy is suffused by emotions.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night bills itself as the “first Iranian vampire western”. In the words of director Ana Lily Amirpour, “It’s like Sergio Leone and David Lynch had an Iranian rock ‘n’ roll baby, and then Nosferatu came and babysat [for] them.” That alone will convince some that it absolutely has to be seen and others that it must be avoided like the plague.
This is an intense film, whether you’re a Christian or not, because it challenges us to consider how love and forgiveness are manifested, what causes us to lose our way from what we know is right, and ultimately, how we can change when our lives have sunk that low. Watch and consider your own life: Do you forgive? Can you?
PTSD brings this wife, mother, and veteran face-to-face with moments in which she “just wants to be gone.”
Detective Hay started to explain, “In some rare cases of restitution, at the request of the victim, the judge will allow the perpetrator to work for the victim, sometimes even as a substitute to spending time in jail. If requested and approved, it would be possible to have him pay you back for the items he stole, pus that could be considered time served.
Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini .
A former Hillsong worship leader’s new solo album, and David Crowder’s former band release a worship EP, all on this week’s Beats Journal.
A couple of movies for your consideration make home viewing less spectacular this week.
What would you do if you were lost at sea? Imprisoned and beaten in an enemy war prison? Losing the love of your life because of your own addiction and anger? In 1949, Louie Zamperini heard Billy Graham preach, and it put all of those experiences in a different perspective.
It’s easy to say that good sequel should really just be more of the same, and yet, that never really seems to satisfy, does it? After watching Dumb and Dumber To, I realized that there are some things that never change, even though it would probably be better if they did; even a little.
AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi has come to an end. Of course no one can see all the films that play during that week. But I was able to see a number of films and have some favorites among them.
For the final day at AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi, I took in two films dealing with mothers facing difficult trials.
This film will primarily be preaching to the choir. We may watch it and bemoan that so many people are so uncritical of the arguments being made. But perhaps it will help form the debate in new ways to address the issue in a more productive way.
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