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Alongside Night
Alongside Night (2014)

Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Christian Kramme, Reid Cox, Tim Russ
Director: J. Neil Schulman

Schulman's 1979 classic dystopia finally made the screen. ... (See the whole review)

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The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
Director: Christopher Nolan

A very strong finish for Christopher Nolan's trilogy of Batman movies. Bruce Wayne has withdrawn from public life in accordance with this new cinematic genre of "hero-realism" (where heroes are displayed naturalistically). But Bane is just the kind of villain to remedy that. In fact, it seems that the villains are who define Batman films. In that r... (See the whole review)

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Project Nim
Project Nim (2011)

Director: James Marsh

Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

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This One Word...
This One Word... (1974)

Director: Alan E Siddins

I co-produced this film version of Ayn Rands 'Anthem'. It took 3 years to film this, at a cost of $40,000. Robert Bidinotto was the co-writer of the screen play.

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The Abyss
The Abyss

Starring: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

This is not a recent movie, though it is on cable right now. It is an action/suspense movie involving an experimental deep-water drilling rig facility that gets commandeered for a military rescue/salvage operation gone wrong. The main characters are experts forced to respond to a whole series of problems/disasters with knowledge, courage, and creat... (See the whole review)

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Punisher: War Zone
Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Starring: Ray Stevenson
Director: Lexi Alexander

A no compromising bloodfest of bad guys. Some over the top stupidity and insanity, but overall a great movie. My favorite scenes are were the guy was expectantly blown up, and the Jesus saves -> Punisher saves clip.

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The Watchmen
The Watchmen (2009)

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman
Director: Zack Snyder and Søren Lund

To be released in theaters 03/06/09 -- based on the graphic novel that Time magazine called one of the 100 best English-language novels since 1923.  ... (See the whole review)

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Harrison Bergeron
Harrison Bergeron (1995)

Starring: Sean Astin, Christopher Plummer
Director: Bruce Pittman

The year is 2053 and everyone in America is equal. not just under the law, but de facto by "handicapping."  Athletes wear sandbags. Golf clubs are hinged  at the head. Everyone wears headbands that interfer with brain activity. C is the morally best grade you can get in school. Harrison Bergeron is an A student, despite his headband.  Via h... (See the whole review)

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Live Free or Die Harder
Live Free or Die Harder (2007)

Starring: Bruce Willis, Justin Long
Director: Len Wiseman

Detective John McClane suffers well.  From Die Hard through Harder and Three to this Live Free or Die Hard, his ability to "take a licking and keep on ticking" is now iconic.  That allusion is offfered by the bad guy who calls McClane a "Timex guy in a digital world" and says that this dooms him to failure.  Of course, it does not.  From the first ... (See the whole review)

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The Brave One
The Brave One (2007)

Starring: Jodie Foster (Erica Bain), Terence Howard (Detective Mercer)
Director: Neil Jordan

 Here's a movie every Objectivist should see for its theme, though this is nowhere mentioned, corresponds to Ayn Rand's moral principle that nobody has the right to initiate the use of physical force against others and its immediate consequence that force may be used only against those who start its use (see Atlas Shrugged and the article For the N... (See the whole review)

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Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter (1945)

Starring: Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson
Director: David Lean

This love story is one of the most enchanting movies I have ever seen. It airs Friday 9/28 8AM on TCM. A passionate married woman in a passionless marriage meets her soulmate, a doctor at a train station café. I don't have time to write a proper review, please see the reviews on Amazon, and set you DVR now. (See the whole review)

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Super Andrew 2: Nerd of Steel
Super Andrew 2: Nerd of Steel (2007)

Starring: Andrew Parisi, Kyle LeMay, Mike Cara, Jack Woodward
Director: Kyle LeMay

Finally! An Objectivist Super hero movie! Just released last month by Supernerd Productions, Super Andrew 2 is the greatest movie of all time. http://www.supernerdproductions.com/showVideo.php?v=51

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Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) a Centennial Celebration
Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) a Centennial Celebration

Barbara Stanwyck, for a period during the 1940’s the highest paid actress in Hollywood and woman in the US, was a self-made woman, if ever there was one. Queen of the film noir, Stanwyck was known for playing tough broads, often the girlfriend of a mobster as in Night Nurse and in Ball of Fire - or a killer herself - as in Double Indemnity. Havin... (See the whole review)

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Volver
Volver (2006)

Starring: Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura
Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Growing up in a small Spanish village, Raimunda (Cruz) and her sister had long heard tales of ghosts and the madness visited upon the villagers by the dry East winds. Years before, their parents had died in a fire driven by this wind. Now, returning to bury their long senile and helpless aunt they hear rumours that she had survived with the aid o... (See the whole review)

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300
300 (2007)

* minor spoilers may be below. Nothing that should give away the film or detract from seeing it. I saw this in IMAX this weekend, and loved it. I declare 300 joining Shawshank Redemption and Incredibles in the 'mandatory films for Objectivists' category. Go see it! First I'll note my criticisms of it, minor compared to the great sp... (See the whole review)

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Dune (Extended Edition)
Dune (Extended Edition) (1984)

Starring: Kyle McLachlan, Francesca Annis, Jose Ferrer, Sian Phillips
Director: David Lynch

Dictators named Saddam and Vladimir, poisoning, assassination, suicide warriors and Jihad, a vital resource found only in dessert sands...sound familiar? But this is not from the headlines, but rather from Frank Herbert's classic novel Dune. Herbert was decades, if not millennia ahead of his time. The 1984 release of the movie adaptation w... (See the whole review)

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Clerks Two
Clerks Two (2006)

Starring: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Trevor Fehrman
Director: Kevin Smith

I have seen a few of the films in the "View Askewniverse." This "universe" and franchise all started with Clerks, made for $27,575 and released in 1994. Clerks Two was made with a still modest budget of $3,000,000. While I have found all of Smith's films somewhat intriguing, and that's probably why I keep watching them. I also wonder what t... (See the whole review)

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24
24 (2001-2005)

Starring: Kiefer Sutherland
Director: Jon Cassar

"Free" episodes available online from the questionable website ... ... (See the whole review)

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V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta (2006)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt
Director: James McTeigue

I am quite surprised that nobody has brought up this movie. I watched it twice over the weekend on DVD. ... (See the whole review)

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The Edukators
The Edukators (2004)

Starring: Daniel Brühl
Director: Hans Weingärtner

A trailer can be found here: http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/the_edukators.html[[/A> ... (See the whole review)

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<B>Batman Begins</b>
Batman Begins (2005)

Starring: Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine
Director: Christopher Nolan

Folks, you know this film has a lot going for it on a philosophical level when a leftist Boston reviewer complains that it isn't altruistic and collectivistic enough. Here's what he wrote under the review titled — believe it or not — "Batman Shrugged":  ... (See the whole review)

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The Fugitive
The Fugitive (1993)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Andrew Davis

The superb 1960s television show got the full Hollywood treatment with this blockbuster action movie, one of the better such adaptations in recent years. Note: the following contains plot spoilers. Dr Richard Kimble (Ford) is a leading Chicago surgeon who finds himself falsely accused of the murder of his wife (played, in flashbacks, ... (See the whole review)

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

Starring: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Giovani Ribisi
Director: Kerry Conran

This is a movie for artists to watch.  The art deco 1940s comic book style is perfect. Sky Captain's flagrant liberties with recorded history almost gave me a headache as I ground my teeth.  However, the graphics were stunning. Best of all, I rented this as a DVD, so I enjoyed even more the "making of the movie movie."  The director worked for seve... (See the whole review)

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ANZACS
ANZACS (1985)

Starring: Paul Hogan, Andrew Clarke, Jon Blake, Megan Williams
Director: John Dixon, George Miller, Pino Amenta

This three part mini-series could best be described as the Australian "Band of Brothers," if it weren't for the facts that (a) it is set in World War I and (b) the subjects of this story were never immortalized by historians. The deeds of the Australian and New Zealand forces that comprised the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) have la... (See the whole review)

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The Hunt for Red October
The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, James Earl Jones
Director: John McTiernan

Produced and released as the cold war between the free West and the communist East was drawing to a close, The Hunt for Red October is both an intelligent thriller and a drama that depicts--in just a few inspired scenes--the human yearning for liberty that led to communism's demise. ... (See the whole review)

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Batman - The Animated Series, Volume One(DC Comics Classic Collection)
Batman - The Animated Series, Volume One(DC Comics Classic Collection) (2004)

"I am vengeance, I am the knight, I am BATMAN!"  This is the first volume of the Batman series from DC Comics released on DVD.  All your favorite villains are there, the Joker, Two-face, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Scarecrow and more!  Each episode is like a mini-movie, with masterful animation and serious plot lines, set to kick-ass music, showing Batma... (See the whole review)

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CS Forester
CS Forester's Horatio Hornblower (1999, 2001, 2003)

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Jamie Bamber, Paul Copley

Well, this is not exactly a movie but Emmy winning TV mini series. Don't be fooled by the name. It is the best that I've ever seen, and I am sure that you boys and girls will enjoy it. Bellow is from Amazon: "He is the ultimate high-seas hero: a man of unshakeable courage, unwavering principles and extraordinary skill. Joining the Royal Navy... (See the whole review)

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The Edge
The Edge

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin

I passed on this movie when it first came out, only to watch it with immense enjoyment on dvd. The story centers on two men fighting for survival in the wild. The *real* story however is about reason, and action in the pursuit of values. I found it to be a celebration of that which is good and heroic in this world. It is written by David Mamet, who... (See the whole review)

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True Lies
True Lies (1994)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Charloton Heston
Director: James Cameron

Regarded by some genre fans as one of the best action movies of the 1990s, this is certainly one of Arnie's most memorable, and reunited him with James Cameron, who had previously directed him in the first two Terminator movies and would go on to make the DiCaprio/Winslet Titanic movie. Some SOLOists may regard this as an odd recommendation, but I ... (See the whole review)

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Pearl Harbour
Pearl Harbour (2001)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alec Baldwin
Director: Michael Bay

This is a great film. I was unexpectedly surprised how well-made, written and acted this film is. That was because there were a lot of "sad gits" around at the time of its cinematic release that harped on about how bad the film was. However, I think the film gets the balance between action and romance exactly right and is thoroughly inspiring. This... (See the whole review)

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Breaker Morant
Breaker Morant (1980)

Starring: Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson
Director: Bruce Beresford

"The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men. The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations."On trial for their lives, Harry 'The Breaker' Morant and his fellow defendants  face being put to death to ‘protect the honour of the British Empire.’ Their defence is summarised by the words abo... (See the whole review)

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The Avengers
The Avengers (1965-1967)

Starring: Diana Rigg, Patrick MacNee

Don't watch the film, whatever you do. Ever. Watch, instead, the leather-clad Diana Rigg in the original Avengers TV series - and watch it over and over again. Rigg's Emma Peel is quite simply TV and film’s most gorgeous woman. (There are people, it is true, who watch Avengers series without Mrs Peel. Those people should be shunned.) ... (See the whole review)

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The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant (1999)

Starring: Eli Marenthal, Vin Diesel, Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Aniston

Simply put, this movie is brilliant heroic... every child should probably see it at least once. ... (See the whole review)

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William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (1996)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes
Director: Baz Luhrmann

The setting is a make-believe Verona Beach, much like Venice beach.  There are roving gangs, slums, and the ubiquitous TV newscasts keeping tabs on all the violence.  The fast and modern pace keeps the energy level high throughout, but contrasted to this are the sublime performances by DiCaprio and Danes.  The style is a little strange, but I think... (See the whole review)

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