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By Hilary Rowe

Invincible

Invincible tells the story of Vince Papale, an unemployed substitute teacher from Philadelphia who remains a loyal Eagles fan despite... Read more

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Water

Recently released on DVD, this profound film was produced in India by writer/director Deepa Mehta.  Water tells the story of... Read more

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World Trade Center

Oliver Stone’s new film about the September 11th attacks is the first big-screen portrayal of those events with big names... Read more

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The Heart of the Game

Without question, The Heart of the Game is the best film I have seen in 2006.  The only unfortunate thing... Read more

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The Devil Wears Prada

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the 109 minutes I spent watching The Devil Wears Prada, primarily... Read more

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean has become quite the cultural phenomenon since its release in 2003, spawning a plethora of popular... Read more

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A Prairie Home Companion*

Imagine a combination of Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion and Robert Altman’s unique style of directing.  In... Read more

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The Da Vinci Code

First, I admit that I have never read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, nor have I ever been tempted... Read more

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Movie Review-May 12

Akeelah and the Bee Read more

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United 93

I will admit that I approached United 93 with serious skepticism. I expected this reenactment of the September 11, 2001 terrorist... Read more

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Take the Lead

Despite being a predictable film in the “noble-teacher-takes-on-delinquent-students” genre, Take the Lead is a film of impressive character, advocating chivalry,... Read more

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Thank You for Smoking

Jason Reitman's satirical comedy follows the work of its lead character, Nick Naylor, a talented spokesman for big tobacco.  Nick... Read more

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Read more

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Movie Review- March 20th

V for Vendetta Read more

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Crash

Being a film enthusiast by nature and by education, you can imagine how disappointed I was at the announcement of... Read more

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Brokeback Mountain

Until now, I have done my best to avoid entering the debate about Ang Lee's newest film Brokeback Mountain.  However,... Read more

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Tristan & Isolde

Never tired of successful genres, Hollywood has again brought us that classic combination of historical war epic and doomed romance... Read more

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Memoirs of a Geisha

Few directors enjoy a debut like Rob Marshall's 2002 film Chicago, popular among critics and movie fans of all circles. ... Read more

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia stories have previously been adapted for the screen, most notably in the late 1980s... Read more

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The Family Stone

This holiday film tells the story of a family with five children reuniting for Christmas.  The oldest son, played predictably... Read more