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Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ****

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ****

A realistic anti-violence war film, Hacksaw Ridge is both appealing and appalling. Directed by Mel Gibson to a screenplay by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan, Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of Desmond Doss; a Seventh-day Adventist believer, who swore off violence due to his faith as well as early childhood traumas. Yet, despite Doss’ position as a conscientious objector, when his brother and others in community enlist to fight in WWII, Doss follows suit. What ensues is a fascinating tale of persistence, resilience and courage.

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Spotlight (2015) ****

Spotlight (2015) ****

Directed by Thomas McCarthy to a screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer, the critically acclaimed Spotlight is as much about journalism as it is about the scandal that stands at the heart of the story. Based on true events – the Boston Archdiocese’s cover-up of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Massachusetts, a story that was exposed via a series of articles that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, Spotlight is like a volcano taking its time erupt.
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Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (2013) ****

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (2013) ****

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, is a heartwarming documentary by Lydia Smith. It is the sort of film that moves slowly and grows on you as you get to know the various protagonists -- pilgrims on the ancient Camino de Santiago trail. Some will find answers, other peace, but all just by the mere walk would, one way or another, get transformed.
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Philomena (2013) *****

Philomena (2013) *****

By its own definition, Philomena is a story of human interest. It is a story of man, God, the riotousness of the people who claim to represent the Lord, and the pain of a mother. It is also the story of a journalist who finds compassion where before there was mostly anger. Both horrible and wonderful, Philomena is a reminder of a dark period in history and at the same time, a very fine piece of storytelling and filmmaking.
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Kumaré (2012) *****

Provocative, insightful, funny and touching, Kumaré is anything but a Borat wanna-be. Documentary filmmaker Vikram Gandhi reaches deeper than he originally intended, when setting up to explore the guru-disciple relationship with respect to religion.

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