‘White God’ an unorthodox fable to discuss serious issues

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 Taking his cue from a 1999 novella by South African writer J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals, Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" brings us a cautionary, surreal vision of a "once and future" Eastern European society where the superior few rule the others, and the others rise up in rebellion. Coetzee explores the idea of animal rights in his book of essays..After reading Coetzee's novella, Mundruczo, who also co-wrote the script for "White God," wondered … [Read more...]

Animals take it all in family-friendly ‘Russell Madness’

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 "Russell Madness" will be released direct to DVD on Tuesday, March 10. The film comes from the kid and family friendly imagination of Robert Vince and Anna McRoberts who brought us the "Air Bud" and "Buddies" franchise. Russell, a talking dog, lives in a pet store in Portland OR with other puppies. Russell is very cute but no one wants to adopt him because he has a bad habit of peeing on anyone who picks him up. He doesn't mean to, but oh well.When he gets too big another puppy tells him … [Read more...]

Pope Francis didn’t say “all dogs will go to heaven” – NY Times issues correction

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Thanks to Deacon Greg over at The Deacon's Bench for posting the NYTimes correction. Please note it was good Pope Paul VI who made the statement "Paradise is open to all God's creatures."Correction: December 12, 2014An earlier version of this article misstated the circumstances of Pope Francis’ remarks. He made them in a general audience at the Vatican, not in consoling a distraught boy whose dog had died. The article also misstated what Francis is known to have said. According to Va … [Read more...]

Dolphin Tale 2 (Take 2)

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Note: C. Alexander won the "give away" bag of Dolphin Tale 2 loot! It’s been a few years since Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) rescued Winter, a bottlenose dolphin. Winter was caught in a trap off the coast of Florida and had part of her tail amputated. Sawyer, Dr. Clay Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.), his daughter, Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), and the crew of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium are now faced with another challenge. The dolphin that had been Winter’s companion, Panama, has di … [Read more...]

“Blackfish” examines the tragedy of orcas in captivity

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Tilikum, a longtime star of SeaWorld, is an orca that was captured near Iceland in 1983 at about 3 years of age. During these 30 years in captivity, Tilikum has killed three people and seriously injured another. Blackfish is a documentary by director Gabriela Cowperthwaite that traces the origins and development of Tilikum’s aggressive behavior and asks probing questions about the morality of capturing and keeping wild animals for entertainment and profit. Through interviews with former Se … [Read more...]

“Unconditional” works

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Samantha Crawford (Lynn Collins) is a children’s author. She and her husband live on a Tennessee ranch where she has her own horse and life good. But when her husband is killed Sam loses the will to live. She is relentless in trying to identify her husband’s killer to the point that the detective (Bruce McGill) doesn’t want to hear from her any longer.Through two children that Sam meets and befriends she reunites with her best childhood friend, Joe (Michael Ealy).  Joe’s work is with inner ci … [Read more...]


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