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John of God

November Movies You Might’ve Missed

I DON’T KNOW whether it’s sad or silly that most movies about the possibility of life after death are horror movies–or at best, romances, like the Demi Moore- and Patrick Swayze-starring “Ghost.” Rare exceptions include Movies You Probably Saw “Flatliners” and “The Sixth Sense.” Although the latter portrayed “the undead” in rather terrifying ways, it made the point that these spirits were not malevolent; they were seeking help. The two […]

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October Movies You Might’ve Missed on Diversity

THERE ARE MANY FILMS that celebrate diversity—because the struggle of an individual who is “different” to find his or her place in world is a common theme in “the hero’s journey,” the classic storytelling archetype. From The Ugly Duckling to Slumdog Millionaire to A League of Their Own to 42, some of the world’s favorite stories are those that tell of an outsider’s struggle for acceptance—and triumph. The MOON recommends […]

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Into the Wild

September Movies You Might’ve Missed

The Edge of Eden: Living with Grizzlies This 2006 documentary, produced and directed by Jeff and Sue Turner, showcases the life and work of Charlie Russell as he raises orphaned grizzly bear cubs in the wilderness of Russia’s Southern Kamchatka peninsula.  Becoming their surrogate mother, Russell struggles to keep his cubs alive and teach them everything they need to survive in the wild. Through flashbacks, we learn with Russell from […]

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Food, Inc.

Movies You Might’ve Missed

Though food is a favorite topic for feature filmmakers—from Babette’s Feast to Eat, Pray, Love–The MOON focuses on several excellent documentaries made in recent years that shed light on the current controversial state of our food system. Super Size Me (2004) is a documentary directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker, who undertakes a thirty-day experiment eating only McDonald’s food—three times a day, consuming every item on […]

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