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Cardinals

Chilly character drama Cardinals revolves around a trauma that ends in death and a prison sentencing.  And while it appears justice has been served, interest flares up when suspicions drudge up the past.

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American Animals

Playing like a more intellectual and more comprehensible Pain & Gain, Bart Layton’s American Animals is a clever adaptation of a true crime involving young unconventional thieves who fear their lives are aimless.  They decide to be proactive by organizing a score that would later be known as one of the most audacious heists in U.S history.

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Papillon

As someone who – sheepishly – isn’t qualified to compare this remake to its original source material (the 1973 classic starring Steve McQueen and the books written by Henri Charrière), I can tell you that as a standalone prison drama, Papillon works very well.

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The Coolest Guy Movie Ever

By: Trevor Chartrand When a documentary filmmaker invests years of their life studying one subject, it goes without saying that this is a subject they have a lot of passion for.  However, the real trick is to take this topic – whatever it may be – and get an audience equally invested.  As much as the filmmaker may love the subject matter, the viewers need to care too.  This is where The Coolest Guy Movie…

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Breath

By: Graeme Howard Simon Baker’s directorial debut Breath (adapted from the international best seller by Tim Winton) is, at first glance, a by-the-numbers coming-of-age surfing tale.  However, the audience is treated to a thought-provoking surfing drama that succeeds in capturing the raw nature of the sport, while also exploring the spontaneity of youthfulness and the joyful exploration of curiosity, fear, and self-understanding.