New “Mother India” Film Captures Life through the Eyes of the Orphan

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One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody. ~ Mother Theresa So the story of the new Mother India film is this: two guys went to India. They saw orphans. A lot of them. They returned to the US. They thought they could do more to tell the story of the 31 million orphans in India. And so they did. Mother India: Life Through The Eyes of The Orphan a new documentary film from Word releasing April 23, 2013, is the result of the passion and talents of David Trotter and Shawn … [Read more...]

Movie Review: “The Croods” Not Bad, But No National Treasure

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I guess I expected the latest DreamWorks animated film The Croods to be, well, crude. Hitting the theaters Friday, March, 22, 2013, written and directed by  Kirk DiMicco and Chris Sanders, The Croods, the latest addition to the DreamWorks animated vault, surprised me in a few ways. Given DreamWorks marketplace niche of funny, endearing, but slightly irreverent films and this film’s name, I thought this one might have me recoiling on occasion or wishing I could have hit the mute button … [Read more...]

Review: Why I Won’t be Watching “The Following”

I don't watch television often. I might -- might -- see one or two shows a week. My favs currently are The Mentalist, NCIS, NCIS LA --- you know, action, slight intrigue, a little mystery, but mostly adventure where you are reasonable certain the main characters will survive. I've watched Bones also --a least until it got weird with the whole Booth and Bones finally becoming a couple with a kid. I actually enjoyed the show that spun off it last year, The Finder before the untimely death … [Read more...]

Review: See “Rise of the Guardians” for Enchanted Family Fun

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If you're looking for a fun family film this Thanksgiving holiday, you found it. No, it's not Red Dawn, dads. Sorry. Rise of the Guardians, new from DreamWorks and in theaters November 21, 2012, is the ticket for 90 minutes of enchanted animated family fun. Like Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians has unexpected invasions, courageous resistance against impossible odds, and an inspiring call to dig deep to discover who you really are -- come to think of it, it's likely not much … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Spielberg’s “Lincoln” Portrays Politics Behind 13th Amendment

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I try not to know too much about movies before I review them. With Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's latest entry into historical drama released across the US Nov. 16, 2012, I confess I had two biases at work. The first came from the headline of an early review that proclaimed Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of Lincoln to be "wooden." My second bias was that I already knew a good deal about Lincoln as a student of history. Although I respected much of his leadership, I didn't always agree … [Read more...]

Skyfall: See Why James Bond Just Got Even Better

WhenI first stepped into the theater to see Skyfall, the latest James Bond extravaganza that released in the US on Friday, November 9, 2012, I got worried. A quick glance revealed I was surrounded by senior citizens. If my math was right, many of them likely watched Dr. No when it first hit the big screen in 1962. Maybe that's because I went to the matinee. I'm guessing so because some critics have called Skyfall one of the top five Bond movies ever. As a Bond afficianado, I must … [Read more...]

Disney Celebrates Adoption: Review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine for parents go down in the new film The Odd Life of Timothy Green in theaters nationwide Friday, August 17.  Yes, it’s predictable. Yes, it’s sweet and a little sappy. But it also celebrates adoption as it calls us – with typical Disney magic -- to love and be loved. Yes, there’s magic. Think Mary Poppins meets Field of Dreams. It’s a Disney movie in the vein of The Kid and The Rookie that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality – it … [Read more...]


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