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Editor Pick: Film

Movie Review: ‘Effie Gray,’ Starring Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson

Effie Gray lived a fairy-tale marriage with celebrated art critic John Ruskin. But despite the glittering world of high society, wealth and a sumptuous estate, she was miserable and became more and more afraid.

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Athena Film Festival Review: ‘Dukhtar’

In a remote village in Pakistan, tribal customs prevail. Where blood lets blood, the killings must continue unless a sacrificial truce brings the warring clans together. Leader Tor Gul who is in his 60s has decided upon an offering that will keep the peace. He will marry Daulet Kahn's 10-year-old daughter Zainab. When mother Allah Rakhi discovers her daughter's proposed marriage, she considers her own repressive child marriage to Daulet Kahn. She has a choice to make: allow the marriage following tradition or escape with Zainab over the mountains risking her life.

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SXSW: Movie Review – ‘Manglehorn’ – Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, and a Cat

Most movies are the merging of technology and short stories, novels or sagas. Manglehorn is technology merged with a poem. It is the story of a locksmith who has lost the love of his life because of something he has done and lives in self-imposed isolation. Manglehorn has constructed a cocoon of memories and fantasies, keeping his son, a former protégé, and the hope of new love at arm’s length.

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Movie Review: ‘Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police’

Why did The Police stop playing together in 1983? Why did they come together again and go on a world tour from 2007-2008? Andy Summers' memoir 'One Train Later' the basis of the documentary film 'Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police' gives an inside look revealing never before seen photographs and footage of the band at its classic moments. And it reveals clues as to why the band dissolved at the apex of their celebrity and power and came back together to go on phenomenal mind-bending tours.

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SXSW: Movie Review – Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy Come Back to ‘The Breakfast Club’

SXSW hosted the premier of the restored classic, The Breakfast Club, written and directed by John Hughes. But the event wasn't so much a premier as it was a celebration of a movie that has touched a generation or two. With its upcoming special theatrical showings and release to Blu-ray and video, it is sure to touch a few more. When the doors opened, we were given Breakfast Club t-shirts and treated to a breakfast of donuts, coffee and mimosas. Thank you, Universal Studios.

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3rd Annual First Time Fest Review: ‘I Believe in Unicorns’

The fantastic and the real are parallel worlds. Fantasy can help us slide over rough patches or painful times in various stages of our lives. For 16-year-old Davinia, the two realms have coexisted peacefully. The magical realm helps her overcome the hardships she faces taking care of her debilitated mom who is in a wheelchair. It is when Davinia decides to make decisions about her life after her 16th birthday that Sterling enters her life. Can he be the prince/unicorn who has inhabited her fanciful dreams? Or will she make him into a dragon? She, after all, holds the wand of magic, but she is taking a risk and may lose everything she finds comforting.

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2015 Athena Film Festival Review: ‘Difret’

Based on true events, Hirut Assefa, a 14-year-old Ethiopian school girl was the victim of telefa, a marriage abduction. Usually, when this happens, the girls are so demoralized that they do not resist, nor can they resist because their husband-to-be has the help of his friends to make the successful kidnapping. Hirut's story is different; what happens as a result of her kidnapping is an enthralling and eye-opening lesson in how one girl can take a stand for many, and in her stand, others join in to begin a movement to overthrow a system that existed for centuries.

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