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Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014
Think you're impervious to crying during a movie? Here is the first part of our two part overview of films guaranteed to get you weeping.

Audiences love to go to the movies that make them laugh. The communal good cheer of a comedy cannot be properly enjoyed unless you’re part of a group, braying like hyperactive hyenas. Movie goers also love to be frightened. Again, there is some kind of mutual bonding that occurs when individuals get together and experience the dread and suspense provided by some Master pulling the cinematic strings.


When it comes to crying, however, hysterics are fine. Heartstrings are not.


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Monday, Jun 9, 2014
This is a story for those who've never experience the effects of a terminal disease, a narrative aimed at the obvious naïveté of its young audience.

I’m no stranger to the tragic effects of cancer. Two years ago, my mother-in-law died of the disease and from 1985 until 1996, my father suffered from the lingering side effects of a massive brain tumor. Both of these aging individuals were strong and vital before their diagnosis. One passed after 11 short days. The other battled with prehistoric medications and equally dated medical care, resulting in strokes, incapacitation, and an incredibly low quality of life.


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Friday, Jun 6, 2014
Those fresh bellboys.

The Czech-born Francis Lederer was a talented and popular European star whose Hollywood career never quite got over his accent. It was necessary always to cast him as some vaguely European gentleman, which was never quite as useful as a vaguely British gentleman. You can always see that he’s good, however, even (or especially) in a trivial throwaway like The Gay Deception, now available on demand from Fox Cinema Archives.


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Friday, Jun 6, 2014
The entire first half of this film feels frivolous and unimportant. That is, until Gene Jones shows up.

We all remember the shocking photos, bodies bloating in the hot African sun, lost lives staggered like rails in a forgotten lumber yard. Next to them lay Dixie Cups of death, a Kool-aid (or Flavor-Aid, actually) potion poisoned to prevent the real world from learning the truth about its cloistered cult beliefs. It was here in Northern Guyana were the Reverend Jim Jones, an expatriate preacher from San Francisco who decided to move his impressionable parish lock, stock, and secretive barrels halfway across the globe in order to find peace and tranquility.


But when Congressman Leo Ryan arrived in November of 1978 to gather information as part of a fact finding tour, he was initially met with open arms. Later, Jones’ guards would open fire, killing the House member along with four others. When outsiders finally stormed the compound, they found the corpses of 909 church members. Jones was dead as well, an allegedly self-inflicted bullet wound to the head.


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Friday, Jun 6, 2014
With its Groundhog Day like set-up and popcorn movie payoff, Edge of Tomorrow is a terrific entertainment. It's funny and inventive, energetic and exciting.

At one time, he was an unstoppable box office force. More than any other actor of his generation, he managed to combine powerful performance chops with equally intense good looks to become a star of several magnitudes. Better still, he often found a way to work in more serious, less spectacle oriented material to bolster his reputation. Still, he was the Michael Jackson of movies, with all the reverence and rumor mongering that came with such a status. There were suggests (and successful lawsuits) over his sexuality. His marriages made for even more toxic tabloid fodder. But it was the World Wide Web that finally took Tom Cruise down. His infamous Oprah interview, hacked and memed by a sour grape social media, became his PR tipping point. Where once he was a Teflon talent, his every move was now fuel for a freakshow diagnosis.


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