February 10, 2014

Category: Middle East/Terrorism

"World Trade Center" starring Nicolas Cage
True Story, Action Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense and emotional content


Every American needs to see this movie! The true story of Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, two Port Authority police officers who rushed into the burning World Trade Center on 9/11 to help rescue people from the terrorist attacks, but became trapped themselves when the tower collapsed. Sobering, inspiring and true to the facts.

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"The Siege" starring Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis
Action Thriller
Rated R for violence, disaster images


New York City becomes the target of several terrorist attacks after the U.S. military captures a Muslim leader. FBI special agent Hubbard (Washington) leads his anti-terrorist task force which must track down the terrorist cells responsible for attacks, but when things escalate martial law is instituted and General Devereaux (Bruce Willis) takes charge holding even an Arab-American FBI agent in a stadium-turned-detention camp.

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"Sum of All Fears" starring Ben Afleck, Morgan Freeman
Drama/Action
Rated PG-13 for violence, disaster images

Based on the bestselling novel by Tom Clancy, and the fourth film starring his character, CIA analyst Jack Ryan, made famous by Harrison Ford. Ben Affleck plays Ryan in this film, a historian, who hunts down a group of European neo-Nazi terrorists who plan to detonate a nuclear device at the Superbowl. Plenty of action and suspense in the plot that has Russian and American superpowers at a nuclear standoff.

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"Escape from Taliban" starring Manisha Koirala
Drama/True Story
No Rating


A Pakistani woman marries an Afghani Muslim man, leaves her country to the disapproval of her family, and suffers under the hands of the Taliban regime. Shocked by the way people live and how women are treated she tries to come to terms with her environment, but revolts after she finds out that her husband is already married. She makes bold attempts to escape from Afghanistan along with her adopted daughter, and finally with the help of her uncle she escapes but loses her daughter in the bargain.

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"Not Without My Daughter" starring Sally Fields
Drama/Action/True Story
Rated: PG-13


The movie takes place in 1984 when Betty Mahmoody's husband takes his wife and daughter to meet his family in Iran. Though a little uneasy, she trusts him when he promises they would be safe, happy, and free to leave. However, once there he tells her he's decided to stay and if she wants to leave she can, but without their daughter. If she stays she must adapt to the culture, which she believes is very dangerous. This movie shows the challenges American married women face living in Iran, such as our guest Pat Rousch experienced in Saudi Arabia, who after 20+ years has still not seen her daughters who were kidnapped by her ex-husband.

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January 01, 2014

Category: Documentaries

Middle East: "Walid Shoebat" Documentary
No Rating


The story of a Palestinian terrorist who grew up wishing to kill Jews and to die as a martyr. But while trying to convert his wife to Islam something happened. A unique man with a unique message for an Arab: “Why is it that on June 4th 1967 I was a Jordanian and overnight I became a Palestinian? The Israeli Arab Conflict is not about geography but about Jew hatred; The Arab refugees are being used as pawns' to create a terror breeding ground, as a form of aggression against Israel”

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Communism: "In the Face of Evil" Documentary
No Rating

"IN THE FACE OF EVIL" DVD - A Tribute to President Reagan's victory over the Cold War. based on the bestselling book, "Reagan's War" this brand new film is not a biography, but rather what many are calling, the best political documentary of the year. It details one man's long war and defeat of communism. A must see.

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Social Issues: "Gay Rights - Special Rights"
Documentary by Jeremiah Films
No Rating


Documentary on how the homosexual movement has made such strides in recent years. Watch footage of its agenda prior to changing its image to be more palatable to the American public. Homosexuality is targeting our youth and are being granted legal access to public classrooms to promote the gay lifestyle and teach a re-definition of family, from kindergarden up. This hard-hitting video holds nothing back.
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Terrorism: "The New Barbarians: Teaching Children to Kill" Documentary by Caryl Matrisciana
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With the rise of terrorism which uses children as suicide bombers, this video is must viewing for every freedom loving person. Behind the scenes shocking, and informative footage of meetings and activities of Arafat and the Palestinian Authority the producer draws the parallels between the current radical Jihad movement and the atrocities of Hitler's Nazi Germany. Caryl Matrisciana exposes the tactics and lengths the PA is willing to go, using its children to fight a religious ideaology of violence, and hatred in order to conquer Israel for Allah.

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Terrorism: "Sleeping in America - The Secret War"
Documentary by Avi Lipkin
No Rating



Documentary on fanatical Islam's invasion techniques and how they are being put into effect in Canada, the EU and in the U.S. While soldiers walk the streets of the Middle East, Muslim extremists both at home and abroad are working out the steps of an involved plot to convert the world to Islam by any means necessary, whether through violence or through propaganda.

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Entertainment: "Gods of Entertainment" Documentary by Caryl Productions
Not Rated

Eye-opening DVD explains the agenda behind the five U.S. mega-media conglomerates that control 95% of mass media. Whoever controls the media controls the culture that elects the politicians who appoint the judges who shape our political, social, legal rules, laws and spiritual worldview.Freedom has historically been part of American idealism yet today's mass media attempts to erode traditional values, American liberty and social decency.
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War: "Why We Fight" WWII Seven-Part Documentary by Frank Capra
Not Rated

After Frank Capra made "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" but before he made "It's a Wonderful Life", he was a Captain in the Army and captured on film "Why We Fight" No matter how many WWII documentaries you have seen, this is one you don't want to miss - a vivid unfolding of the Allied victory through the eyes of those who lived through it.
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Cults: "Halloween: Trick or Treat?" Documentary by Jeremiah Films
Not Rated


Documentary traces the pagan origins of Halloween. Druids, Witches, Pagans and Satanists mark Halloween as one of their highest "holy days." All the seemingly innocent symbolism of Halloween - black cats, snakes, broomsticks, bonfires, "trick or treat," jack-o'-lanterns, apple dunking and costumes - has its roots in Sorcery, Witchcraft and Satanism.This video uncovers the mystic Druidic rites and ceremonies with which "Samhain" (Halloween) was originally observed 4,000 years ago. The occult rituals seen in this video are real and not re-enactments.

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Cults: "Harry Potter - Witchcraft Repackaged Making Evil Look Innocent"
Documentary by Caryl Matrisciana
Not Rated

Does the Harry Potter series' presentation of Witchcraft make it any more acceptable just because it is packaged as "children's fantasy literature"? An expert on the cults and occult Caryl gives thorough details on the background of Harry Potter's author, the real witchcraft how to's she puts throughout the books, as well as how something thought to be so innocent can and often does lead to dangerous occultic practices. Everyone who has children needs to see this video.

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Terrorism: "Jihad in America - Terrorists Among Us" PBS Documentary by Reporter Steve Emerson
No Rating
Former CNN reporter's controversial film showing Hamas operatives and militant mullahs preaching jihad and violence against Israel and America. Though stressing that militant Islamists are only a minute percentage of the Muslim population, the film was attacked claiming Emerson fabricated the stories and tapes. Despite all the skepticism, "Jihad in America was named the 'best investigative reporting in print, broadcast or book' by the Investigative Reporters and Editors Organization. Read Emerson's account.

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Education: "Crisis in the Classroom" Documentary by Eagle Forum
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Exclusive interviews with national newsmakers on the frontlines of the education battle, and documents the dramatic changes in American education in the past fifty years. an informative three-part documentary that will help parents understand the "key" education issues and why they are so important for our children and our nation: Crime and Curriculum; Hidden Agendas; Grassroots Opposition.

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Intelligent Design: "The Triumph of Design and the Demise of Darwin" Documentary with Philip Johnson
No Rating

The gaping holes in Darwinian theory and the mounting evidence for intelligent design, with Philip Johnson, Law professor U.C. Berkeley, Author of "Darwin On Trial", are clearly and dramatically shown, with original footage from Africa to Alaska to the controversial school board hearings in Topeka, Kansas. Created by Emmy-award winning producer, Jack Cashill, Ph.D
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Politics: "Fahrenhype 9/11"
Documentary
No Rating

One controversial film deserves another. Unraveling the truth about Fahrenheit 9/ll & Michael Moore. Dick Morris, former advisor to Bill Clinton, was involved in the making of this film to counter the deceptions portrayed in Fahrenheit 9/11. One stark example is a clip of George W. Bush at an annual dinner in New York referring to wealthy corporate types as his "base." What Moore left out was that Al Gore was also in attendance and that this event is famous for politicians using self deprecatory humor in their speeches.

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Terrorism: "Uncle Saddam" Documentary
No Rating

A wealth of unique archival material and interview snippets with members of Saddam's inner circle. A sobering look inside the world of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein by award winning filmmaker, Joel Sadler who is still under U.S. government protection, having risked life and limb to shoot and smuggle this strange and captivating footage prior to the war on Iraq. Since coming to rule in 1979 Saddam Hussein became known for his warmongering and brutal treatment of even his own citizens. The documentary shows little known obsessons of Hussein's such as with personal hygiene, visitors to kiss his armpits, owning 20 official palaces and fishing with grenades.
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Euthanasia: "Death As a Salesman" Documentary by Brian Johnston
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Offering clear answers and compelling footage, this documentary is an invaluable tool in unmasking the marketing of death. Based on the book of the same title by Brian Johnston, the video is an incisive and dramatically effective documentary on the dangers of legalizing assisted suicide. Filmed throughout the world, and includes compelling interviews with Joni Eareckson Tada, a famous disability rights activist this is one of the best films on the subject. If you don't know where you stand on this issue, this is the film to see.

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December 01, 2013

Category: Christmas Favorites

The Christmas Card starring Ed Asner, John Newton & Alice Evans
Drama
Rated: PG


Story of hope and how the smallest act of kindness can have an impact on others and you. A young officer without any family, whose dad was killed in Vietnam, is stationed in Afghanistan, and during leave he decides to find the town that the young woman who wrote to him lived. A love story emerges, but so does the life of the young soldier. A heart-warming film that the whole family can enjoy.



The Nativity starring Oscar Isaac, Keisha Castle-Hughes
True Story/Drama
Rated: PG


One of the more realistic to the times depiction of the Christmas story, the birth of Christ. One thing that differentiates itself from other movies on this theme is the attention given to the characters of Mary, her parents, Joseph and their neighbors. Excellently done. Beautiful cinematography. Moving. One of my favorites. Good for the whole family. You won't be disappointed. Interestingly, this is the first time in nearly 50 years, that a Biblically-based movie has been budgeted by a Hollywood heavy-weight -- New Line Cinema.



Christmas with the Kranks starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis
Comedy
Rated: PG


A perfect, and very funny, picture of how not to spend Christmas. With their daughter away, Mr. & Mrs. Krank decide to skip Christmas completely and go on a cruise. After considering the $6,000+ they spend each year, and the overwhelming effort to 'keep up with the neighbors' materialistic and controlling attitudes they pursue their unorthodox goal...until their daughter decides to come home for Christmas with her new fiance, which causes them to have to shift into a last minute effort to celebrate the holidays as always.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey
Commedy, Fantasy
Rated: G

Funny depiction of the classic personal vengence story. It's a good look at not only the actions but the motive behind the anti-Christmas Grinch in the story and in today's war on Christmas. Good moral to the story for kids and adults alike - love can soften the hardest heart even from the long-term effects rejection can have in someone's life.


Scrooge starring Albert Finney
Drama Classic, Musical
Rated: G

Our favorite rendition of A Christmas Carol. The acting is true to the style of Dickens' classic, and the music is great and enhances the story rather than interupt it. Finney plays a very believable miserly and grouchy Scrooge, and this version is not afraid to show the scene of his visit to hell, which the television networks remove. Not a Christmas goes by that we don't watch Scrooge. Enjoy and let me know what you think.



It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore
Drama
Rated: G

A despairing businessman is shown what life would have been like if he never lived, by an angel. One of the most popular Christmas movies today, it never won an Oscar and was virtually considered a box office flop! It demonstrates the struggle of man to do what he wants or what needs to be done, and the rewards of friendship that comes from a self-sacrificing life.

 

April 12, 2013

Category: Adventure

The Climb
Adventure
Rated PG



Stars: Jason George, Ned Vaughn and Dabney Coleman

We didn't know anything about this movie, but found that it was very good and realistic. Two men join together to climb a huge mountain in Chile, a dream of both of theirs, but little did they know how it would change their lives; one who just lost his wife and the other filled with anger towards his dad who left him as a boy. Beautiful photography and good acting.

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July 11, 2011

Category: Inspirational

March of the Penguins
National Geographic Documentary
Rated G



Incredible footage of an incredible journey. Subzero temperatures, blizzards and gale force winds cannot keep the penguins from their march to reproduce. Interesting note: controversy arose when believers in Intelligent Design wrote commentary praising the movie's ability to show an Intelligent Designer, to which the producer took exception, declaring there was no such intent. Inspiring for the whole family.

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America's Heart & Soul
Documentary
Rated G



Journeying all across America in an effort to show the beauty of the land and the heart of a nation, this movie celebrates the freedom and rugged individualism that still exists in this great land. Showing the diversity of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds that make up the uniqueness that is America, reminds us why people from across the globe come to make America their home.

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Miracles of The Passion
True Stories of Changed Lives from "The Passion"
Not Rated



A 1-hour documentary of people who have been miraculously changed as a result of seeing Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of The Christ." People from around the world have found reconciliation and peace, relationships have been restored, diseases healed, atheists have come to faith, and one man even confessing to a murder. A great inspiration in time for Easter.

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The Woman Who Willed a Miracle
Drama/True Story
No Rating



Starring Cloris Leachman

A blind and severely mentally retarded infant with cerebral palsey is expected to die, yet left in the care of an elderly woman who refuses to let him die, he lives. It would be hard for anyone to watch this classic film and not be profoundly touched by the power of one woman's love, faith and will to never give up on an abandoned child... who becomes a miracle. The acting is excellent.

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Category: Social Issues

"A Cry in the Dark" starring Meryl Streep, Sam Neill
Drama/True Story
Rated: PG-13


A true story about the Australian murder trial of Lindy Chamberlain accused of killing her baby, and how a ring of tabloid headlines affected her trial. A good lesson is not judging a case by outward appearance or circumstances surrounmding the case, but on the facts alone. Did religious prejudice play into the verdict?

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"Lean on Me" starring Morgan Freeman
Drama/True Story
Rated: PG-13


A New Jersey reluctant-at-first to take the job of high school principal of a troubled school, Joe Clark carries a baseball bat and loud speaker to gain control and discipline, so he can then motivate underachieving students to become achievers. His dictatorship style caused problems with the teachers but he does not back down until change happens. And it does, and you are left inspired.

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"The Marva Collins Story" starring Cecily Tyson, Morgan Freeman, Ed Asner
Drama/True Story
No rating


A disillusioned teacher rejects traditional education and opens her own school for ghetto students labeled unteachable. In 1975 after 14 years of teaching in Chicago's public school system, Marva Collins took $5000 of her own money to open a school in her home, Westside Preparatory School. In spite of doubts and opposition from the local teaching establishment she not only taught these "unteachables" to read and write, but also to gain appreciation for Shakespeare, et al. In six years she was teaching 200 ghetto students, in an acquired building, and today she holds education seminars about her books and method. See here.

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May 23, 2010

Category: War


"The Patriot"
Starring Mel Gibson
Revolutionary War
Rated: R for war violence and language


An ex-Army captain (Mel Gibson) now a widower, knows the price of battle and does not favor war with Britian, until it gets too close to home endangering his family. Fighting alongside his patriot son, he leads a rebel Militia into battle against an overwhelming English army. He realizes the only way to protect his family is to fight for a his nation's freedom.

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"Glory!"
Starring Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman
Civil War/True Story
Rated: PG


The Fifty-fourth was the first Black regular army regiment in the Civil War, at first, used for nothing more than manual labor until their commander is convinced they should be transferred to a combat duty. They fought valiently and hard. In May of 1900, Sergeant William H. Carney became the first black to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic actions he'd performed while a member of Company C. A very stirring movie.

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"Hotel Rwanda"
starring Don Cheadle
Africa/True Story
Rated: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language


Ten years ago in a country torn apart in madness, one man protected his family and sheltered over 1200 people in the Hotel Rwanda, which he managed. Evem though some of the worst atrocities in the history of man took place in Rwanda, it was virtually unnoticed by the rest of the world despite the advances in news broadcasting. In three months time, almost 1 million people were brutally murdered. This movie is a moving depiction of heroic efforts to save some of the victims. If is a must see.

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"Black Hawk Down" starring Josh Harnett
Somalia/True Story
Rated: R for violence


Tagline: Leave No Man Behind. U.S. Rangers drop into Somalia from Black Hawk choppers to capture two top lieutenants and find themselves in an intense battle. Re-creating the American siege of the Somalian city of Mogadishu in October 1993, and the loss of 18 U.S. soldiers, which turned American opinion against further involvement in Somalia, this film makes it clear that the men involved were undeniably heroic

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"Hanoi Hilton" starring Michael Moriarty
WWII/True Story
Rated: R for violence


The amazing true story of American POWs in Hanoi's Hao Lo Prison which they dubbed 'Hanoi Hilton'. Some survived 5 - 8 or more years through the turbulent years of the Vietnam War. This film reveals the evil torturers the North Vietnamese were, while Jane Fonda, John Kerry and other anti-war Americans flirted with our enemies. Don't believe the liberal reviews of this film. It is an excellent, while sobering, account of what really went on in Vietnam. It's a story that needed telling hen and it needs to be told again, now.

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Category: Politics, National & International

"Red Corner"" starring Richard Gere
Political/Drama
Rated R for violence and nudity scene


An American attorney on business in China wrongly faces trial for murder under their abusive legal system. His only hope is a government appointed female defense lawyer. Good picture of how the Chinese approach to justice is marked with abuse, and the risks one may faces traveling in the far east.

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"The Interpreter"" starring Nicole Kidman,
Political/Drama
Rated PG13


Get an inside view of the UN where political intrigue and deception unfold as a US Secret Service agent investigates an interpreter who overhears an assassination plot filled with political passion. Translator Silvia Broome alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. As federal agent Tobin Keller, digs deeper into her past and secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy.

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"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" starring Jimmy Stewart
Political/Drama
No Rating


All time classic by Director Frank Capra, about corrupt politicians who manipulate to get a small-town idealistic scoutmaster, Jefferson Smith ((Jimmy Stewart) to fill a vacant U.S. Senate chair. Of course, he wins, but he won't be controlled by the power-elites, filibustering, gaining the respect of not only the citizens but members of the press. A testimony to the power of innocence-many audiences today may find themselves wishing for a new Mr. Smith in Congress.

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May 22, 2010

Category: Discrimination

"The Great Debaters"starring Denzel Washington
Drama/True Story
Rated PC-13


Powerful. Sobering. Inspiring. Everyone should see this movie directed by and starring Denzel Washington. Based on a true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College in Texas. In 1935 he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard, and win. Wiley College was the first black college to debate a white college.

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"Amazing Grace"staring Ioan Gruffudd , Albert Finney
Drama/True Story
Not Rated


Based on the life of anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce, who was elected to the House of Commons at the age of 21 and on his way to a successful political career, Wilberforce, over the course of two decades, took on the English establishment and persuaded those in power to end slavery in Britain.

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"Rosa Parks"staring Angela Bassett, Cicely Tyson,
Drama/True Story
Not Rated


The story of a civil rights courageous woman whose refusal to obey racial bus segregation sparked the actions of a young Martin Luther King, Jr.. This was just one of her acts in her fight for justice for Black Americans. If you don't do anything else for Black History Month, watch this movie.

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"Schindler's List"starring Liam Neeson
Drama/True Story
Rated: R for language, some sexuality and violence


The true story of Oskar Schindler, a German who was instrumental in saving the lives of over 1,000 Polish Jews during the Holocaust. Spielberg called this film "the most satisfying experience of my career." It is adapted from the best-selling book by Thomas Keneally, filmed in Poland, and is one of the best films ever made about the Holocaust during World War II.

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"Uncle Tom's Cabin"starring Avery Brooks, Kate Burton
Drama/True Story
No Rating


Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel put to film about families are torn apart by masters who sold them like dirt. The name "Uncle Tom" and the title of the book have been synonymous with the inhumanity of racial condescension and slavery. This version is very well down, the acting believable and a must for everyone to see at least once.

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"Amistad"starring Morgan Freeman,Anthony Hopkins
Drama/True Story
Rated: R


Steven Spielberg's intense and moving depiction against the slave system of America's (and Africa's) past. A largely true story of the 1839 slave revolt on the ship "Amistad" and the trials that followed of the leaders of the revolt. Hopkins plays former President John Quincy Adams, who takes over the defense at the higher court levels. Depicts the British opposition to slavery, Queen Isabel of Spain's demand for the return of the ship and its 'cargo' In Spielberg style, the film has some graphic violence and nudity in its effort to show the brutalities of slave trading.

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July 25, 2007

Category: Conspiracy/Technology

"The Net" starring Sandra Bullock
Action/Thriller
Rated: PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and brief strong language


A reclusive computer analyst is caught in an internet nightmare where her friend turns up dead and she discovers that her identity has been erased...her credit cards, her bank accounts, her identity...deleted! After receiving a valuable floppy disk her world changes forever making it impossible to return home, which has also been 'deleted.'

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June 20, 2007

Category: Disasters/Nature

"Ladder 49 "- Starring John Travalta
Action/Drama/Thriller
Rated: PG-13 for intense fire and rescue situations, and for language


A true-to-life depiction of life as a fire-fighter. The danger, the challenges to families, the cost, all bring to mind what the FDNY faced on 9/11. More than 2,000 real-life firefighters showed up at casting for the filming of this movie, with more than 800 for the two funeral scenes. This movie shows not only the respect firefighters have for the profession but also the 'brotherhood' bond they have with one another. Like our soldiers and police, firefighters are called on to lay down their lives for others, sometimes giving the ultimate sacrifice.

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"Outbreak "- Starring Dustin Hoffman, Renee Roso, Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman
Scientific Thriller
Rated: R for language


Dustin Hoffman plays an army virologist who is sent to investigate a virus outbreak in the African Rain Forest, only to find a deadly airborne contagion has broken out in a California town which could rapidly expand through the rest of the United States. Is it the same virus? How did it get here? Because of the threat he works with his ex-wife (Rene Russo) of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Their efforts to find an anti-viral serum is stalled by General McClintock who is committed not to let the virus or word of it out of the small town. Hoffman and team race to save life on earth from this biological threat.

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