‘The Magdalene Sisters’ will move, shock and horrify, but is a must-see true story

Dorothy Duffy stars in 'The Magdalene Sisters'
Dorothy Duffy stars in ‘The Magdalene Sisters’

[rating=4]Starring: Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy, Eileen Walsh
Director(s): Peter Mullan
Writer(s): Peter Mullan

Until 1996, the Catholic Church in Ireland judged and imprisoned women in institutions called the Magdalene Asylums. These asylums were named after Mary Magdalene, the prostitute who found redemption by following Christ in the New Testament. The Magdalene Sisters is the brutal true story of four women horrifically punished in these asylums by nuns, priests and the Catholic Church.

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The Lizzie McGuire Movie

[rating=1]Starring: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Jake Thomas, Yani Gellman
Director(s): Audrey Wells
Writer(s): Susan Estelle Jansen and Ed Dector

Hilary Duff takes her television series character to the big screen in 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'
Hilary Duff takes her television series character to the big screen in ‘The Lizzie McGuire Movie’

The Lizzie McGuire Movie is not safe for adult consumption. It is a terrible version of a Mary-Kateand Ashley Olsen straight-to-video film, which means that essentially it is very bad. If it seems like I’m being unkind, let me say, that I have sat through many a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen film and found them more enjoyable.

Parents leave the tweens at the theater entrance. This is a film to avoid at all costs. Taken from the highly popular Lizzie McGuire show on the Disney Channel, the movie is an ego driven finale that brings the show to a close. Only tweens that adore the spunky, slightly screechy Hilary Duff will adore this film. Duff does not have the acting or comedic skill of competitors, Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bines. A witty cartoon version of Lizzie consistently upstages her throughout the film.

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Forget Jack Black, the kids are the real stars of ‘School of Rock’

Jack Black teaches music in 'School of Rock'
Jack Black teaches music in ‘School of Rock’

[rating=2]Starring: Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Mike White, Joan Cusack, Miranda Cosgrove
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Writer(s): Mike White

I have had the displeasure of watching Jack Black through Orange County and Shallow Hal. So when I heard that School of Rock was winning rave reviews from critics, I struggled with indecisiveness. Should I pay $10 a ticket for a film, that despite starring Jack Black, other critics had found riveting? I couldn’t take the risk. Instead, I waited for it to be available on a considerably cheaper format, the DVD rental. I should have waited longer.

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Drive-In Monsters

You may not have heard of the film director Al Adamson and Sam Sherman who have been called movie sleaze merchants by some maverick filmmakers by others but whatever anyone says they laughed all the way to the bank.

‘Bend It like Beckham’ is about a young girl pursuing her dreams against all odds

Parminder K. Nagra and Kiera Knightly carry the trophy in 'Bend It like Beckham'
Parminder K. Nagra and Kiera Knightly carry the trophy in ‘Bend It like Beckham’

[rating=4]Starring: Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Juliet Stevenson
Director(s): Gurinder Chadha
Writer(s): Screenplay by Gurinder Chadha, Paul Mayeda Berges, Guljit Bindra

I have heard Bend It Like Beckham likened to My Big Fat Greek Wedding with soccer, but it’s much more than that. Unlike most sports films, this story isn’t really about a team or a sport. Bend It Like Beckham is about a young girl pursuing her dreams against all odds.

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