Jean Oppenheimer


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  • A big-screen, family-friendly (well . . . friendlier) version of the enthralling BBC/Discovery series Planet Earth, Earth follows three animal families—polar bears scavenging for food in the High Arctic; elephants trekking...

  • 11 years ago | Film Reviews

    We all want to believe that in even the most dangerous or frightening of situations we would have the courage to stand up for our convictions--that we would not name names, that we would not betray our friends or our ideals. Thank God, most of us ...

  • 11 years ago | Film Reviews

    If French writer André Malraux was correct when he claimed that "all art is a revolt against man's fate," the most horrific events in human history can give rise, incongruously, to images of soul-searing beauty. How else to explain the stun...

  • 11 years ago | Film Reviews

    A gritty portrait of ghetto life in contemporary South Africa, Tsotsi packs an unexpected emotional wallop. Gavin Hood's film tells a story of violence and redemption that's even more remarkable when you consider that neither of the lead performer...

  • 11 years ago | Film Reviews

    In his 1961 farewell address, President Eisenhower warned Americans that an insidious new force was taking hold in the country. He called it the "military-industrial complex." Born of necessity during World War II, this once-valuable conjunction o...

  • 12 years ago | Film Reviews

    Deception, betrayal and revenge. In his film directorial debut, acclaimed playwright/screenwriter/theater director Craig Lucas is done in by his own script, which becomes so excessively icy and cruel that it breaks, rather than solidifies, any bon...


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