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    Review: When The Game Stands Tall

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    Family values, family values. It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. There’s no “I” in team. The wording of these bromides is changed slightly but they come thick and heavy in When The Game Stands Tall. Jim Caviezel plays high school coach Bob Ladoucer whose team at De La […]

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    Event: Reel East Film Festival

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    This weekend marks the first Reel East Film Festival. The newest, and second closest film festival, to Philadelphia. The schedule is short and sweet, with a wide variety of amazing films that would make even the most timid film lover weep with joy. See below for the full schedule. Go buy tickets and find out […]

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    Review: Rich Hill

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    As a chaser to Richard Linklater’s monumental Boyhood, take a peek at this Sundance award-winning documentary profiling three destitute white kids from rural Missouri. Their level of poverty and all-around impoverishment makes Linklater’s screen kid look like he’s part of the Trump family. Three distinctively different kids emerge. One is all-get-out upbeat, another, mostly dour […]

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    Interview: Mitch Levine “In Confidence”

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Mitch Levine is a director, writer, and producer of theatre, film, opera, and dance, whose latest short film, “In Confidence” had its Los Angeles premiere at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last month. In Confidence tells the compelling story of Molly who makes a heavy and dangerous choice and must deal with the consequences.  The […]

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    Review: The Giver

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    The goal: get rid of suffering and dissension and along with them, any shade of diverse thinking. First, trash emotion–have everyone pop pills everyday to suppress it. Leave out books, animals, and any changes in the weather while we’re at it. Now eliminate color. Yes, color. Such is the world of The Giver, the new […]

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