The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

I am always fascinated with movies by director/writer Christopher Nolan. This was no exception. Nolan has an ability to talk about the dark side, the evil that is lurking in all of us. It is scary thing. Yet, in the Batman series, good eventually triumphs over evil. It is a story of hope, although it […]

The Intouchables

The Intouchables

  A beautiful movie. A rich, handicapped man is looking for a new male nurse. A unemployed immigrant from Africa shows up thinking he will never get the job but that he can fulfill the legal requirements for unemployment benefits by applying for the job. The two begin an unlikely friendship. A truly inspiring story […]

Amazing Spiderman

Amazing Spiderman

  Remake of the Spiderman movie. I liked the first one better, but this had it’s positive moments. The awkwardness of the scene where Peter Parker finally get’s enough courage to ask the girl out is classic. Her role in helping him discover himself and in helping him fight the bad guy is very positive. […]

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

A movie about early romance and about how even awkward attempts at romance have a certain magic to them. Still, I came away with the impression that the movie makers were trying to mock adults and traditional institutions and make them all look stupid. An interesting attempt at a new twist on a classic theme […]

Brave

Brave

A wild and fiercely independent princess fights against the expectations of her mother and her society. Her mother wants her to accept a betrothal for which she is not ready. Things take a magical and comical turn when her mother is accidentally turned into a bear. At moments the artwork and visual poetry of this […]

Witness Protection Program

Witness Protection Program

Not one of Tyler Perry’s best movies. Usually the Madea movies are pretty funny, while dealing with real problems of life, but this one falls hopelessly short on laughs and on realism. Not worth seeing.

Girl In Progress

Girl In Progress

Although the script is terrible, this movie addresses some important issues, especially the perennial problem of how to grow up. We see some adults who continue to act like children, and we see a number of teenagers who are trying to figure out how to be adults. Besides the  contrasts among the adults, there are […]

Men in Black III

Men in Black III

Another hilarious episode of the classic sci-fi comedy. As usual, some of the “gross me out the door” humor (slime scenes,etc.) are not my cup of tea, but generally it is a pretty funny movie. And, besides humor, the story line also has a tiny bit of good human value: a partner taking great risks […]

Africa's "Mother Theresa"

Africa’s “Mother Theresa”

  What started out as a simple act of compassion has become a life’s work for Abebech Gobena, a woman from Ethiopia who is often referred to as “Africa’s Mother Theresa”. Let’s take a brief look at what this woman has accomplished.   Abebech Gobena is a devout Christian. She was on a pilgrimage to […]

First Position

First Position

  A truly inspiring documentary that follows seven young people, ages 10 to 17, as they prepare for an international ballet competition. You see the sacrifices they and their families make because of their love for dance. In the second half of the documentary you see them perform at the competition: incredible.   Especially inspiring […]