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The Prince of Egypt (animated)

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Philologos review:
Animated story of the Exodus. Some parts are hard to explain to young children for you can't just tell them "It's only a movie." Rousing good fun at times, dark and murky at others just as it should be. Some liberties taken but overall a great film.

 


Never Been Kissed

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Philologos review:
Josie goes back to high school as an undercover reporter for the local newspaper. She wants to prove to everyone that she's more than just a copy editor. Unfortunately, she was a geek the first time around and this time is no different, or is it? Updated screwball comedy that hits just the right note. Everyone knows each one of these cast members—take out your old yearbook and reminisce—remember the "in crowd"? the jocks? the band members? the eggheads? They're all here mixing it up with the same school dynamics from time immemorial. Some scenes would've been best left on the cutting-room floor but overall charming.


Paul the Emissary

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Christianbook review:
How did the fiercest opponent of Christianity become one of its greatest advocates? This dramatic video shows you Paul's powerful conversion on the Damascus road, and his transformation from an angry zealot bent on exterminating the church into a messenger willing to pay any price---even death---to bring the message of salvation to the world. 54 minutes.


The Stand

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Philologos review:
Excerpt from Amazon.com review: "After a government-spawned 'superflu' wipes out more than 90 percent of the earth's population, the devastated survivors must decide whether to support or resist the advances of a mysterious stranger from way down South who wishes to claim this new world order for himself." Did King read the book of Revelation? I think there's no doubt he did. Apocalyptic theme that is not suitable for children.


Schindler's List

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Philologos review:
Excerpt from Amazon: "It's a film about heroism with an unlikely hero at its center--Catholic war profiteer Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), who risked his life and went bankrupt to save more than 1,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps." Powerful, disturbing.


A River Runs Throught It

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Amazon.com Editorial Review:
A lyrical and nostalgic film from director Robert Redford, based on the popular autobiographical novel by Norman MacLean, A River Runs Through It shows the best that modern filmmaking has to offer. The film chronicles two brothers coming of age in early-20th-century Missoula, Montana, under the stern tutelage of their minister father, played by Tom Skerritt. Their father instills in them a love of fly fishing, which for one brother (Brad Pitt) becomes a lifelong passion even as he sets out to become a newspaperman and struggles with his addiction to gambling. The other brother, Norman (Craig Sheffer), dreams of exploring the world outside of Missoula as he falls in love with a local girl (Emily Lloyd) who also dreams of broader horizons. Soon one brother must discover the true meaning of family loyalty when the other finds himself in deeper trouble than ever before. Redford, who also narrates the film, does a masterful job in re-creating the period and in drawing out affecting performances from his young cast. An Oscar winner for Philippe Rousselot's luminescent cinematography, this is a poignant and special film. --Robert Lane

Philologos review:
Breathtaking.

 

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