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Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks (2013 )

Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks
Director: John Lee Hancock

Saving Mr. Banks may be a new invention in modern cinema: a Romanticist biography. It is the story of conflict between Walt Disney and P. J. Traverse, author of the Mary Poppins books. At the end of her writing career, she is out of money. For 20 years, Disney has been offering her a lot of it. But she will not give up final rights to the artistic ... (See the whole review)

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The Wave
The Wave (2008)

This psychological drama unfolds in a modern day, somewhat leftist, middle class German high school where a well-meaning teacher attempts to demonstrate how a fascist society could re-emerge in that country. At first, the movie just seems to be about some spoiled students and their casual approach to meaningful values but we soon see that these kid... (See the whole review)

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Scent of a Woman
Scent of a Woman (1992)

Starring: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn
Director: Martin Brest

Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino): ... (See the whole review)

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Other People
Other People's Money (1991)

Starring: Danny Devito, Gregory Peck, Piper Laurie, Penelope Ann Miller
Director: Norman Jewison

"Jerry Sterner’s 1989 play, Other People’s Money, plays to different groups of people as key players battle for the principles on both sides of a corporate takeover attempt. Both the play, and director Norman Jewison’s 1991 film based on the play, present, in dramatized form, both the arguments for and against corporate takeovers." Edward Younkins ... (See the whole review)

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Too Big to Fail
Too Big to Fail (2011)

Director: Curtis Hanson

I just watched this HBO premiere. It looks down on businessmen and it makes an appeal to pity for bureaucrats. Bureaucrats are portrayed as innocent bystanders charged with responsibility to clean up the mess of free enterprise. At one point, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd are presented as not only very reasonable and moral, but as our literal saviors... (See the whole review)

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Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged (2011)

Starring: Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Jsu Garcia, Edi Gathegi
Director: Paul Johansson

I saw it when it opened, the first showing in Ann Arbor, 12:10 PM, Friday, April 15.   About 50 people were in the theater.  The film was fine, very well done on many levels, in many ways.  The special effects were credible, integrated into the sound and sight of the live action.  The people who created it did an excellent job of taking a challengi... (See the whole review)

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The King
The King's Speech (2010)

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter
Director: Tom Hooper

The movie is the story of two men who overcome an obstacle by means of rationality and courage and who form a personal bond despite having nothing else in common.  The writing, acting and staging are uniformily excellent.  Bonham Carter is memorable as the smart-mouthed duchess, later queen (known to most of us as the late Queen Mum), holding her o... (See the whole review)

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Taking Sides
Taking Sides (2001)

Starring: Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgård, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birgit Minichmayr
Director: Ulrich Tukur

Art vs. Morality?

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Agora
Agora (2010)

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Michael Lonsdale, Sam Samir
Director: Alejandro Amenábar

The conflict between the philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her executioner, Bishop Cyril of Alexandria is known only from fragments of texts.  This is a fictionalized retelling of that story. This movie will be released soon.  It already has captured the attention of Objectivists because of the subject.  You can find several trailers on ... (See the whole review)

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Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Starring: Dev Patal, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto
Director: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan

Reviewed by Larry Elder at: ... (See the whole review)

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John Adams
John Adams (2008)

Starring: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney
Director: Tom Hooper

In the midst of one of the most cynical and repugnant Presidential campaigns in our nation’s history—a campaign which features three candidates for whom expediency and pragmatism have taken the place of principle—HBO has chosen to air a seven part miniseries on John Adams, deemed by Objectivist Professor C. Bradley Thompson as America’s greatest fo... (See the whole review)

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Atonement
Atonement (2007)

Starring: James McAvoy, Keira Knightly, Saoirse Ronan
Director: Joe Wright

Lush cinematography and fine acting talent wasted on a puffball of a story -- and one that ultimately doesn't even make sense. ... (See the whole review)

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The Lives of Others
The Lives of Others (2006)

Starring: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe
Director: Florian Henckle von Donnersmark

Set in 1980s East Berlin, director Florian Henckle von Donnersmark's debut feature (which earned an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film) provides an exquisitely nuanced portrait of life under the watchful eye of the state police as a high profile couple is bugged. When a successful playwright and his actress companion becomes subjects of the Stasi... (See the whole review)

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<big><strong>The Brave One</big></strong>
The Brave One (2007)

Starring: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard
Director: Neil Jordan

"There are plenty of ways to die. But you have to figure out a way how to live." Click here for the trailer (See the whole review)

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<strong><a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=24yQieBH5fo">The Thorn Birds</a>
The Thorn Birds (1983)

Starring: Barabara Stanwyck - Centennial July 16, 1907-2007

July 16 marks Barabara Stanwyck's Centennial. Rand, who died in 1982, would have loved this scene at YouTube, please check it out. Turner Classic Movies is featuring her this weekend. Ted Keer (See the whole review)

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La Vie en Rose
La Vie en Rose (2007)

Starring: Marion Cotillard

I can't make an Objectivist case for this movie as dramatic art, but the experience of  putting one's emotions through a workout from the safety of a theater seat can be worth seeking out for its own sake.  If that's what Aristotle and subsequent centuries of literati mean by "pity and terror" or "catharsis," then this movie taught me more than Aes... (See the whole review)

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<strong><big>Gilda</big></strong>
Gilda (1946)

Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready

A romantic drama in the best sense of the word, this film forever secured for Rita Hayworth the title of "Sex Goddess," a title which, in real life, she found a tragic personal frustration. Directed by Charles Vidor, "Gilda" stars Glenn Ford (recently deceased) as Johnny Farrell, a handsome, streetwise adventurer who "makes his own luck." ... (See the whole review)

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The Astronaut Farmer
The Astronaut Farmer (2007)

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Virginia Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Blake Nelson
Director: Michael Polish

WARNING: This review contains both spoilers and buzz killers!  Read at your own risk. Introduction and Context Setting Before I even start reviewing the movie, I had better set context with some autobiographical information. Many readers of this site know that my parents raised me on a cattle farm in North Carolina.  I spent ma... (See the whole review)

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Meet Joe Black
Meet Joe Black (1998)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani
Director: Martin Brest

The basic gist of this film is that "Death" (Pitt) decides to experience life as a human and takes the body of a young man. He appears to a rich businessman (Hopkins) who is going to die soon, and has him act as a guide to all that life has to offer. Without Pitt and Hopkins I doubt this movie would be worth watching. Their interplay is ama... (See the whole review)

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American Beauty
American Beauty (1999)

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Mena Suvari, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
Director: Sam Mendes

I am happy to write a review of this wonderful film. It won Oscars for best director, best lead actor, best screenplay, and best picture. If you watch it just once, you will understand why. Kevin Spacey (best actor) plays Lester Burnham. Lester is going through a mid-life crisis. He is bored, apathetic, and uninspired. He lives in the suburb... (See the whole review)

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The Locusts
The Locusts (1997)

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kate Capshaw, Ashley Judd, Jeremy Davies
Director: John Patrick Kelley

I have taken quite a few acting classes here in Austin, just for fun. I then found out that one of my classmates actually appeared in this film for a few minutes. She did a good job. ... (See the whole review)

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Syriana
Syriana (2006)

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright
Director: Stephan Gaghan

For all the 'equal time' this movie gives to fundamentalist Islam -- I feel that it, on balance, depicts the true, destructive nature of the religion (albeit, indirectly enough to avoid a retributive, suicide bombing!). Particularly striking, are the staunch, anti-capitalist indoctrinations by the 'teacher' at the 'Muslim School'.

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Sophie Scholl: The Last Days
Sophie Scholl: The Last Days (2005)

Starring: Julia Jentsch
Director: Marc Rothemund

I figured out this gallery. Another version of this review has been submitted to _Liberty_: Over the years, I have become increasingly distrustful of Hollywood’s biographical and historical movies. However, Sophie Scholl: The Last Days was made in Germany and has only recently come to American theaters. Shown with subtitle... (See the whole review)

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Strictly Ballroom
Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Starring: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson
Director: Baz Luhrman

Here is a movie that I saw on a whim one night when it was on cable. I was completely blown away. It's a comedy/drama about a young Austrailian ballroom dancer who wants to win the big Pan-Pacific Grand Prix dance competition. The comedy mostly revolves around the older people in the film including his parents, dance instructor, and the head of the... (See the whole review)

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A Little Romance
A Little Romance (1979)

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Diane Lane, Thelonious Bernard
Director: George Roy Hill

I haven't seen this movie in about twenty years. This is a great little romance that still sticks in my mind for it's fresh optimism and great scenery. I'm a sucker for a good romance (good, mind you) and this movie is certainly that. Here is the plot overview from IMDB: A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to... (See the whole review)

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The World
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins
Director: Roger Donaldson

I went to see The World's Fastest Indian a couple of days ago with Jasmine and some friends. According to IMDB: "The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967." It was fantastic! At first J... (See the whole review)

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Paradise Now
Paradise Now (2005)

Starring: Ali Suliman, Kais Nashef
Director: Hany Abu Assad

It's terrible that I only found German sources (and some Arabian) about this movie, who is truly a horrible piece of filming. The German-based Israelian organisations have judged the movie and found it not only offending but also terribly evil. The movie portrays the day of two suicide bombers and tries to convince the public, that they are two poo... (See the whole review)

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Running On Empty
Running On Empty (1988)

Starring: River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch

Story of purity versus change part one: RUNNING ON EMPTY centers around a couple and their children on the run for their protest actions in the sixties. The parents are the typical Marxist hippies who try to instill in the kids the values of the left, only to face the fact that the eldest child would rather play classical piano instead of the f... (See the whole review)

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House, M.D. - Season One
House, M.D. - Season One (2005)

Starring: Hugh Laurie

Season 1 of the medical drama "House", with Hugh Laurie starring as the ruthlessly rational and funny American doctor.

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Million Dollar Baby
Million Dollar Baby (2005)

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman
Director: Clint Eastwood

From a previous article I wrote: ... (See the whole review)

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Eroica
Eroica (2003)

Starring: Ian Hart, Jack Davenport, Tim Piggot-Smith
Director: Simon Cellan Jones

A stunning feature length BBC production based on the events of 9th June 1804, which saw the premier of Beethoven's Thrid Symphony (the Eroica) in a private performance for Prince Lobokowitz, some time prior to the work's public debut. Ingeniously, the work itself is played as live (and, may I add, quite superbly), while the camera captures ... (See the whole review)

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The Agony and the Ecstacy
The Agony and the Ecstacy (1965)

Starring: Charlton Heston (Michelangelo), Rex Harrison (Pope Julius II)
Director: Carol Reed

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes
The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Starring: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, David Burke

The late and much missed Jeremy Brett has long been regarded by many Holmes fans as the definitive screen personification of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle's master detective. The British-produced series of hour-long episodes and 5 tv movies cover the vast majority of Conan-Doyle's stories, and for the most part are reasonably faithful adaptations, though ... (See the whole review)

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To Live
To Live (1994)

Starring: You Ge, Li Gong
Director: Yimou Zhang

I only watched this movie once, shortly after it was available in US. It is not a movie that I can just pop in DVD player any time that I want some entertainment. In my opinion, this movie comes closest in truthfully depicting the lives of common Chinese people living during the turbulent times of "changing dynasty" and under Communism. It's time f... (See the whole review)

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The West Wing
The West Wing ((1999-present))

Starring: Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Stockard Channing
Director: Producer: John Wells

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Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind (1960)

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly
Director: Stanley Kramer

Somewhere in the documents that founded the United States is buried the principle that religion should be separate from the state. It is a pity that the founding fathers never carved this directive ten feet high in marble, because some people just don’t get it. It seems that in each American generation there is someone who tries to inject a little ... (See the whole review)

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Judgment at Nuremberg
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Maximilian Schell, Montgomery Clift
Director: Stanley Kramer

"There are those in our own country too who today speak of the "protection of country" -- of "survival." A decision must be made in the life of every nation at the very moment when the grasp of the enemy is at its throat. Then, it seems that the only way to survive is to use the means of the enemy, to rest survival upon what is expedient -- to look... (See the whole review)

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The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Director: Wayne Wang

I enjoyed this one tremendously. Beautifully written and shot, it tells the stories of a group of women and their Chinese-American daughters, specifically their struggles for independence and individualism. The dialogue is elegant. There were moments when I was moved close to tears by it. On a personal aside, I have just begun to learn Mand... (See the whole review)

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Maurice
Maurice (1987)

Starring: James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves
Director: James Ivory

Another of my all-time favorite. A jewel from Merchant-Ivory collections. One of the most moving love story ever told on screen. It profoundly influenced my view on homosexuality.   Here is the description from Amazon: "Set against the stifling conformity of pre-World War I English society, E.M. Forster’s Maurice is a story of coming to te... (See the whole review)

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis , Lena Olin , Juliette Binoche
Director: Philip Kaufman

I first saw this movie in 1990, shortly after I came to the US. It struck a deep cord within me after experienced the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and its aftermath. It also eerily echoed my personal relationship at the time. I have since watch this movie no less than...um...20 times (kidding. maybe just 10). What you get from watchin... (See the whole review)

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Thomas Crowne Affair
Thomas Crowne Affair (1999 vs. 1968)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan vs. Steve McQueen, Renee Russo vs. Faye Dunaway
Director: John McTiernan vs. Norman Jewison

The 1968 original was a picaresque in the tradition of Thomas Mann's Felix Krull and the folk anti-hero Tyl Eulenspiegel.  The 1999 remake is the result of a new generation with higher demands.  In the 1999 story, the conflict is hot, heated, and high-spirited.  In both versions, the motivation for multi-millionaire Thomas Crowne to pull off the pe... (See the whole review)

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Casablanca
Casablanca (1942)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman
Director: Michael Curtiz

I watched this film over the weekend, and was surprised at its timeless power and beauty. Of course, it is a standard of screenwriting, and filmmaking curriculum, and is on most "top ten" movie lists. I had watched it several times years ago, but it was this weekends viewing that I realized on a *personal* level just how beautiful this movie is for... (See the whole review)

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Marty
Marty (1955)

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair
Director: Delbert Mann

What a truly great movie... Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky cuts through all the plastic superficiality of so-called "love" and gets right down to what really connects two people... and two hearts. Here is a short explanation that Marty gives to his impromptu dance partner for the evening, Clara, when she expresses that she doesn't know why som... (See the whole review)

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Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, and Claude Rains
Director: Sir David Lean

This is the film that made Steven Spielberg want to become a director, and quite simply, one of my all-time favorite movies... if not my actual favorite entirely. Lawrence of Arabia begins with the situation in World War I pre-Arabia -- under the anti-Islamic "yoke" of Ottoman Turkish occupation -- before Arab tribal cultures were short-sigh... (See the whole review)

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Hoosiers
Hoosiers (1986)

Starring: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper

Hoosiers tells the fictional story of the Hickory Huskers -- a nowhere high school basketball team in a small town in very rural Indiana -- and the outcast, heretic coach (played by Gene Hackman) who comes to Hickory to work his miracles, and who is opposed at every turn by the oppressive, barren, and cynical local mentality that keeps nowhere town... (See the whole review)

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Men of Honour
Men of Honour (2000)

Starring: Cuba Gooding Jnr, Robert de Niro, Charlize Theron

It's been a long time since I saw a movie which so inspired me, and helped give back knowledge of how great people can be. This is a simple story. It's not "art house" - deep and meaningful.  This movie is the true story of Carl Brashear (Cuba Gooding Jnr); not just the first colored man to "make it" as a deep sea search and rescue diver in the US ... (See the whole review)

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The Big Night
The Big Night (1996)

Starring: Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm, Minnie Driver
Director: Campbell Scott & Stanley Tucci

Set in New Jersey in the 1950s, The Big Night is the story of two Italian immigrant brothers, Primo (played by Tony Shalhoub, best known in the TV series Monk) and Secondo (played by Stanley Tucci – Conspiracy, The Terminal), struggling to achieve the American Dream with their Italian restaurant, The Paradise ... (See the whole review)

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Earth
Earth (1998)

Starring: Aamir Khan, Nandita Das, Rahul Khanna
Director: Deepa Mehta

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Conspiracy
Conspiracy (2001)

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Frith
Director: Frank Pierson

There is no ideology more anathema to Objectivism that Nazism. And nothing characterizes the evil of Nazism more than the “Final Solution” – the systematic murder of over six million Jews in death factories throughout German-occupied eastern Europe during the final years of World War II. With chilling brilliance, Conspiracy dramatize... (See the whole review)

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Girl with a Pearl Earring
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Cillian Murphy
Director: Peter Webber

This film is a celebration of, and tribute to, the power of great art to inspire the human spirit. The subject of the film is Greet, a servant in the house of Vermeer. Her natural intelligence and ability enables her to contribute to the creation of Vermeer's painting. This is not a factual piece but every frame reflects a respect for Vermeer's wor... (See the whole review)

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