‘The Impossible’ is incredible, indelible and a joy to watch

 

 

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Lucas (Tom Holland) stares as the tsunami is about to swallow everything in sight

It was Christmas Eve, 2004 and “Maria” (Naomi Watts) and Henry (Ewan McGregor) arrived in Thailand for a vacation at a new seaside resort, along with their sons “Lucas” (Tom Holland), “Thomas” (Samuel Joslin) and “Simon” (Oaklee Pendergast).  They enjoyed a lovely dinner that night, spent an idyllic Christmas opening gifts and going to the beach and to the pool. The following day, December 26th found them at the resort’s pool.

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‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ makes for top-notch DVD

Jedi and Sith battle in 'Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace'
Jedi and Sith battle in ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’

[rating=3]Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan MacGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ahmed Best
Director(s): George Lucas
Writer(s): George Lucas

Like millions of others, I was excited to hear that Lucas—the supposed “leader” of the digital revolution in Hollywood—had finally relented and released one of his many great movies on DVD.

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I hate musicals… but ‘Moulin Rouge’ was great

Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman are star-crossed lovers in 'Moulin Rouge'
Ewan MacGregor and Nicole Kidman are star-crossed lovers in ‘Moulin Rouge’

[rating=3]Starring: Ewan MacGregor, Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh
Director(s): Laz Luhrmann
Writer(s): Laz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce

Let me start by saying this: I HATE MUSICALS!

With a few exceptions — The Music Man and White Christmas — I can’t stand musicals. I just never understood how all those people know the same dance steps, or all the words to the songs??

But Moulin Rouge is different, adding a facsinating spin on the classic musical mold. I liked it a lot.

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