Goal! (The Dream Begins)

 Goal! Or Goal! The Dream Begins is a very good film that is filled with the kindness of strangers. It is about a young llegal immigrant to the United States from Mexico who makes his away to soccer (football) stardom with the Newcastle United team in England.   The film opens with the Munez family crossing the border under the cloak of night. They end up in Los Angeles. Ten years later, Santiago’s mother has deserted the family, but his father (the ever-dependable Latino actor Tony P … [Read more...]

Da Vinci Code Radio Interview on Sunday

This press release is from Barry Gordon's office: Sunday, May 21, from about 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, of the Pauline Center for Media Studies, in Culver City, CA, will discuss the newly released movie "The Da Vinci Code" and the likewise controversial book "The End of Faith" with Barry Gordon, former candidate for Congress and president of the Screen Actors Guild, on "Barry Gordon From Left Field," broadcast on KCAA 1050 AM in the Inland Empire of California … [Read more...]

Mission: Impossible III

In an almost perfect blending of the MI film franchise and the soon-to-be-retired-into-syndication Alias television show, the multi-talented J.J. Abrams delivers another manic-paced adrenalin rushing full-tilt workout thriller without a point. Not that it matters.   For fans who are along just for the ride, what they get is a genuine run-along with the Tom Cruise character Ethan Hunt, who, with his new wife Julia (Katie Holmes look-alike Michelle Monaghan), is threatened by the newly … [Read more...]

Teachers: Akeelah and the Bee for Free

I just want to pass on the message to all teachers who may read this that if you go to any AMC theater this weekend where Akeelah and the Bee is playing, bring your I.D. and get in for free. The studio, Lionsgate, is offering this as a gift for you. It is an irresistible film that will validate your dedication to education and offer you support and hope - and an entertaining two hours. … [Read more...]

Akeelah and the Bee

Akeelah Anderson (Kete Palmer) is an 11 year-old seventh grader with the amazing ability to spell almost every word she hears. She doesn’t know the etymologies or even the meanings of all the words at first, but has the power to absorb and recall a word once she hears or sees it. Her father died when she was very young and her mother (Angela Bassett) struggles to keep her family together.    She goes to Crenshaw Middle School in South Los Angeles, an area known for gangs and racial … [Read more...]

Ice Age: The Meltdown

I will keep this one short, too. There's wasn't much to add to the first Ice Age that more or less said it all about soon-to-be extinct animals in comedic ways. This sequel isn't very funny because Denis Leary's Diego is just too reformed. Queen Latifa is the voice of a female wooly mammoth with severe identity problems, but even that doesn't save the film. But the squirrel and the acorn makes the films so darned funny; keep your eye on the acorn.   … [Read more...]

Wild, The

I will keep this short... The Wild is a mildly entertaining highly animated film that will remind you of last year's Madagascar and Finding Nemo. Certainly technically more than competent, I found it made me laugh more than Madagascar (that except for the penguins made me snooze)and sure, it has the usual suspect family themes. Some parts might be seen as scary for little kids. There's not a lot that's new here but if you like to take young kids to the movies, and they like this kind of … [Read more...]

RV

Bob Munro (Robin Williams) is a Los Angeles executive for a soft drink/snack company whose job is threatened by new talent. He will do anything to please his boss and safeguard his job. So when his boss wants him to give a presentation at a meeting in Colorado in a few days, right during the Hawaii vacation he has promised his family, he decides to rent a big, ugly, RV, and scam his wife Jamie (Cheryl Hines), daughter Cassie (Jo Jo Levesque) and Carl (Josh Hutcherson) into a vacation that … [Read more...]

Hoot

Fans of Carl Hiaasen’s best-selling 2003 Newbery Honor-winning kidlit novel will be happy to know that the book has been reincarnated as a funny, thoughtful, and caring film by Walden Media and New Line Cinema to be released on May 5th. When the Eberhardt family moves from the gorgeous mountains of Montana to the flat terrain of Florida’s gulf coast because of his dad’s government job, ninth-grader Roy (Logan Lerman, The Patriot, Jack & Bobby) has to adapt once again. As bully Dana Matherson … [Read more...]

Water

WATER is the story of an 8-year old Hindu widow who is exiled to an ashram for the rest of her life during India's colonial era. An overview of the film and a Discussion-Bible Study Guide (authored by yours truly) is available at: http://www.brehmcenter.com/ReelSpirituality/reelspirituality.shtml  … [Read more...]


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