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Wild Parrots o...
Great 71 Points 2003

Sweet San Francisco – eccentric and accepting – takes wing in Judy Irving and Mark Bittner’s Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

Telegraph Hill – as anyone who’s been there knows – is a wild nubbin overlooking Alcatraz. Fits that it would host a flock of jail-broke cherry-heads with a couple o…

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12 Strong
Great 83 Points 2018

12 Strong is no run of the mill war movie, to be valued on its moral complexity and clever comebacks. No, 12 Strong is morally simple and often wooden, making it rather unfashionable in our morally confused era. Of course, we also live in the Islamist Era, sharing God’s Earth with a medieval …

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12 Years a Slave
Perfect 83 Points 2013

Solomon Northup has just become an iconic American hero, some fifteen and a half decades after he lived. Americans from this day forth will know his name like they know Patrick Henry’s or Harriet Tubman’s.

That’s not all. The mov…

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127 Hours
Very Good 97 Points 2010

A real life horror movie about a bizarre true event, 127 Hours will surely be too intense for many people. It documents a lone hiker slipping down a slot canyon deep in the Utah backcountry. Bad enough. Then a sandstone boulder follows him down, crushing his right arm. It couldn’t get much …

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13 Hours: The S...
Great 83 Points 2016

The 2012 Islamist militia attack on the two U.S. outposts in Benghazi Libya comes alive as a colossal and utterly predictable central-government failure in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Truth!

The amazing thing is that only four men died, even if one was Ambassador Chris Stevens…

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1492: Conquest ...
OK 17 Points 1992

Ridley Scott’s big budget film about the famous Christopher Columbus was entertaining, but not as gripping as you’d expect from the 40M investment. The scenes, costumes, etc. were all very well done – but the movie suffers from being overly dramatic and one grows weary after an hour or so. Also…

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20 Feet from St...
Very Good 83 Points 2013

“Gimme shelter or I’m gonna fade away.” Some of the stars of this rocking documentary got their shelter from Jagger, the superstar who sang Gimme Shelter and from countless other single-namers. Not gonna fade away now, not with 20 Feet from Stardom sporting Mick, Bruce, Stevie, Sting, Bett…

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300
Good 139 Points 2006

Highly stylized though affecting movie brings a comik sensibility to an ancient battle. I ended up liking it more than I thought I would, since King Leonidas makes a great hero and his wife a worthy Queen.

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300: Rise of an...
Very Good 66 Points 2014

300: Rise of an Empire is Greek history through a fantasy lens darkly, prequel and sequel to the ‘06 hit about King Leonidas and his band of 300. The new movie’s nearly 4x Reality factor stems from Frank Miller’s graphic novel, full of vainglorious liberties, supernatural contrivances and hist…

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42
Very Good 17 Points 2013

42 gives us a part of baseball history that fans and non-fans alike should see. As much as it is a decent baseball story, it is an even better story about American history. This glimpse into how Jackie Robinson made his way from a Negro league to the Brooklyn Dodgers was more complex than a simpl…

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