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In Review: The Whistleblower


This movie stayed with me for weeks -- both for the bravery of the real-life woman whose story it shares and for the horrors she courageously fought.


The Whistleblower

Movies about issues as tragic and uncomfortable as sex trafficking are tricky. You can make a wonderfully crafted, informative film—that no one comes to see. Moviegoers may know they should, they just don't want to.

That's just one of the reasons the story of Kathy Bolkovac is so amazing. Her story provides a somewhat palatable entry point into a horrifying reality.  Read more . . .


In Review: The Help


I'm still reading the book, which is awesome so far and a smidge darker than the film, but here's what I thought of the movie version:


The Help

Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) are unlikely friends. Aibileen is withdrawn, respectful, and religious whereas Minny is opinionated and outspoken, traits that keep landing her in trouble. But these two women's support for each other is unwavering, and helps them survive the difficult realities of being black maids for white families in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s.

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In Review: Another Earth


This intriguing film is in limited release. Here's some help figuring out if it's worth tracking down:


Another Earth

Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling, who also co-wrote the film with director Mike Cahill) has just been accepted into MIT's astrophysics program. She's young and bright, but reckless. While driving home drunk from a party one night she slams into another car, killing a pregnant woman and her young son. The woman's husband, John (William Mapother), survives but stays in a coma for months.

Read more . . .


In Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love.


I struggled with my review of Crazy, Stupid, Love, which is opening today, due to a couple scenes that made me squirm. I'm interested to know if you agree or disagree with my conclusions.


Crazy, Stupid, Love.

In an early scene, 13-year-old Robbie (Jonah Bobo) sums up the plot of Crazy, Stupid, Love when he tells his dad Cal (Steve Carell) two simple words: "Love sucks." Robbie believes this because he has a huge crush on Jessica (Analeigh Tipton), his 17-year-old babysitter, who thinks he's just a kid—and who's secretly hot for Robbie's dad.  Read more . . .





In 47 days I’m turning 40, a milestone that’s been stalking me for the better part of the past year – a shadowy presence in the dark corners of my mind and in moments when I’m alone and vulnerable.

I remember my parents turning 40, feted with black balloons and snarky cards about being over the hill. My father received a cane from his close circle of friends; my mother swore in slightly frantic tones that she still felt 29.

Forty has received a spiffy new makeover since then, but I still find myself approaching this thug of a birthday with slow steps, a white flag, and soothing words: “I come in peace.” Or at least I’m trying to. 



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