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Boys State : the making of the next generation of political junkees

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  We have to confess the very concept of the annual American Legion run Boys State Event filled our democratic hearts with horror.  Ite been going on since 1935 and is a week-long exercise at teaching selected high school-students how to play politics and establish a state government. Set in red-neck Texas,  filmmakers  Amanda McBaine … Continue reading



Get Duked : an hilarious teen stoner comedy

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  If as a lad you grew up in the UK ….or Australia … them there is a very good chance that the whole idea of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme horrified you.  Especially if you were an urban kid used to life’s small comforts. HM The Queen’s husband with his long Navy career … Continue reading



Chemical Hearts : a rather pedestrian teenage romantic drama

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  Actor turned writer/director Richard Tanne’s sophomore film Chemical Hearts is a rather pedestrian teenage dramedy about unrequited love.  Adapted from Krystal Sutherland’s novel of the same name its the story of 17 years old  high school student Henry Page (Austin Abrams) who is a cross between a bookish nerd and a homeless romantic.  He is … Continue reading



The High Note: a pedestrian back-stage dramedy

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  You could be mistaken in thinking that naming this rather pedestrian drama about middle-aged rock star The High Note an act of irony, but sadly it isn’t .  In her first movie starring role, Golden Globe Winner Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish) plays Grace Davis and cuts a dashing figure in her expensive wardrobe as … Continue reading



Fatima : when the Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherds

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  Based on true events that occured in Portugal in 1917 that have since been the subject of changing folklore, how this faith based religious drama will be perceived will be based by the viewer’s own beliefs.  For example Catholic Christians will welcome the story of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary with such open … Continue reading



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