Jane Eyre (in theaters now)

3 05 2011

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2 hrs.
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%, 7.5/10

I can’t help but think Charlotte Bronte would have been pleased with the most recent remake of her novel Jane Eyre. The film holds true to the gothic themes of the novel and does not fail to portray Jane in the same plain and yet heroic light in which Bronte’s original work depicts her.¬† Read the rest of this entry »


No One Killed Jessica

22 04 2011

Rating: NA
Runtime: 2 hr. 16 min.
IMDb: 7.2/10

No One Killed Jessica is your typical Bollywood film. You know the plot line and the ending after the first 10 minutes. The main characters face struggles but overcome them, and the movie overflows with inspiring and overly dramatic music in every scene. But despite all this, it’s not too bad to watch. Read the rest of this entry »

The White African

18 03 2011

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.6/10 97%

Foreign documentaries often focus on injustices done to minorities, but rarely are those minorities white men. The White African tells the story of a farmer and his family who live in Zimbabwe during the time when Robert Mugabe is trying to incite division between the blacks and whites. Without portraying all black Zimbabweans negatively, the film appears to keep a balanced view of those who are racist and those who want justice, no matter what their skin color.

Despite beatings and death threats, white farmers in Zimbabwe fight to keep the land that they rightfully own. One cannot watch this documentary without comparing it to apartheid in South Africa, allowing a reflection on human nature and the realization that people have the will and the capacity to either accept or discriminate against each other. The White African follows the international law suit the white farmers have against Robert Mugabe, making the appropriately long-winded like the prolonged suit.

Will justice prevail? Well, like life, it’s a little more complicated than that.

True/False Review: Blood in the Mobile

4 03 2011

By: Kelly Gehringer

Runtime: 1 hr. 22 minutes

IMDb: 6.6/10

This film exists because Frank Poulsen had the conscience to ask questions that no one else wants to ask. When he discovered that his Nokia cell phone was made from minerals that fund a civil war in the Eastern Congo, he not only decided that he did not want to be a part of it, but that he would go to find out how this injustice is happening. Read the rest of this entry »

Manufactured Landscapes

25 02 2011

Rating: Unrated

Runtime: 1 hr. 23 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.3/10, 83%

The dialogue in Manufactured Landscapes doesn’t say much, but the pictures say it all. The film follows around photographer¬†Edward Burtynsky as he shoots pictures of the changing landscapes all around the world. Following a striking and appropriately drawn out several minutes of going down row after row in a Chinese manufacturing plant, the documentary continues to amaze with its striking angles of the impact humans are having on the environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Man on Wire

18 02 2011

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hr. 34 mins.

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%, 8.4/10

The setting of the film is in New York City, atop the World Trade Centers. In 1974, Philippe Petit walked out across a wire strapped between the two towers with nothing but a tightwalker’s pole and his skill to keep him from falling. Man on Wire follows Petit throughout his life and preparation for this amazing feat. Read the rest of this entry »

Born into Brothels

28 01 2011

Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hr. 25 min.

Rotten Tomatoes: 7.9, 93%

The cover of Born into Brothels has a quote from The New York Times that says, “Inspiring.” That is not how I would describe this film. Born into Brothels is the story of a British woman who chooses to live in the Red Light District of Calcutta in order to document the lives of the prostitutes there. Instead, she mets a group of children who live in the district and begins to teach them photography. Read the rest of this entry »