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Babe (1995)

I saw the Blu-ray of Babe on a library shelf a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t help saying “awwww”.  Fortunately, all of my colleagues know I seldom contain my enthusiasm when I really like something, so my little outburst of nostalgia went relatively unnoticed.  I have great memories of watching this movie with my… View more

Peter and the Wolf

Director Suzi Tempteton’s short film, Peter & the Wolf, is an imaginative new take on Sergei Prokofiev’s famous composition and children’s story. Using stop frame animation, Templeton succeeds at creating a visually stunning retelling of this well-known tale about a boy and his adventures with a duck, bird, cat, and wolf. Although no words are… View more

The Painted Veil

Prior to viewing director John Curran’s 2006 version of The Painted Veil, one might expect a typical romance full of clichés and predictability. This film, however, is anything but that. As the story unfolds, one is given an honest and captivating look into the minds and hearts of distant lovers. Based on the novel by… View more

J. Edgar

J. Edgar,  AFI’s 2012 Best Picture winner, is a darkly compelling biopic of the strange and powerful  leader of the FBI for almost fifty years – J.  Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) When Hoover began his career at the FBI, evidence from crime scenes was thrown away and most professionals thought fingerprinting was hocus pocus.  To… View more

Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone is the Oscar nominated drama based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. The story follows a teenage girl named Ree in the search for her missing father. Ree and her family live in a remote part of the Ozarks, surrounded by a tight-knit community of meth cookers and dealers. Ree’s father has offered… View more

Cedar Rapids

We all heard about the movie Cedar Rapids when it appeared in theaters in February, 2011.  But I, for one, didn’t make the time to see it until recently.  I’m glad I finally decided to sit down and watch it. Ed Helms stars as naïve, idealistic insurance agent Tim Lippe, who is sent to a… View more