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MOVIE REVIEW: “Brooklyn” Is Like An Old Photo You Find In Your Grandmother’s Dresser

Sometimes a movie doesn’t have to jump up and scream in your face to get your attention. There are rare occasions when a simple but well told story will reach in and grab your heart, without you even noticing it. This is the case for Brooklyn, which is based on the popular novel by Colm Toibin.

Saoirse Ronan stars as Ellis, a young Irish girl who moves to America when her hopes for a better life dry up at home. She ships off with the financial and emotional support of her sister but once at sea, Ellis realizes for the first time in her life, just how completely alone she is.

Brooklyn is proof that I’ve seen way too many movies because as I watched it, I kept waiting for something awful to happen. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Room” is Worth Every Agonizing Moment

I saw a movie years ago called Kiss the Girls, about a serial killer who kept women hidden in underground rooms. The notion terrified me. It was a fictional story based on a James Patterson book, but the idea of being trapped like that seemed too horrible to ever be true. Then I started hearing REAL stories of women who were held captive for extended periods of time with startling regularity. It made me wonder just how many women are being held against their will at any given time and if there was ever anything I could do to help them.

Author Emma Donoghue has had those same thoughts since hearing the story of Elisabeth Fritzl in Austria. She was locked away by her own father for 24 years, and even had 7 children by him while trapped behind that locked door. Elisabeth Fritzl is the woman who inspired Donoghue to write the best-selling book and screenplay for Room. Continue reading →