From Fandango: "James Marsh's biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The
Theory of Everything, stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous figure.
Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself
as one of the leading minds of his generation, and begins to win the
heart of Jane (Felicity Jones). After one of his earliest breakthroughs,
Hawking is diagnosed with ALS, and he becomes less and less able to
control his own body. With the loyal Jane at his side, he continues his
work. However, as the years progress, Jane starts to feel more like a
nurse than a wife, and Hawking begins to have feelings for a woman who
is hired to care for him. The Theory of Everything screened at the 2014
Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
This movie presents a picture of a most unusual case of ALS -- a > 50 year survival (normal course is 2 - 4 years). It shows how this devastating disorder impacts on the patient and his family. There is a saying, "the disease affects the patient; the illness impacts on the entire fabric of the family." The Theory of Everything is not about theoretical physics. The film is entertaining, not deep. 2 hours and 3 minutes 2014
Heirlooms, by Amanda Brown, is a documentary about wealth in America from an intergenerational
perspective. When the 86 year old matriarch, Mee-Mah Royal was hospitalized
after a stroke, her 8 children became irreconcilably divided over her care and
small estate or roughly $51,000. Through the stories of her children,
grandchildren, and supporting interviews with prominent researchers, lawyers,
and financial planners Black Heirlooms examines the need for intergenerational
planning to transfer family wealth, traditions, and values. Join this critical
conversation about intergenerational wealth and the growing wealth gap in
A Late Quartet is a 2012 American drama film co-written
(with Seth Grossman), produced, and directed by Yaron Zilberman. The film
uses chamber music played by the Brentano String Quartet and especially,
Beethoven's Op. 131. The film was released in Australia as Performance.
As the Fugue String quartet approaches its 25th anniversary,
the onset of a debilitating illness to cellist, Peter Mitchell (Christopher
Walken), forces its members to reevaluate their relationships. After being
diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Peter announces his decision to play one
final concert before he retires. Meanwhile the second violinist, Robert (Philip
Seymour Hoffman), voices his desire to alternate the first violinist role, long
held by Daniel (Mark Ivanir). Robert is married to Juliette (Catherine Keener),
the viola player of the group. Upon discovering Juliette does not support him
in this matter, Robert has a one-night stand. Further complicating matters,
their daughter, Alexandra (Imogen Poots), begins an affair with Daniel, whom
her mother once pined for. Yet bound together by their years of collaboration,
the quartet will search for a fitting farewell to their shared passion of music
and perhaps even a new beginning.
Definitely high-brow. Beautifully done and ethereal music!!
This is a fine exploration of the impact of an unwanted pregnancy on a 20-something woman in Brooklyn. It's funny, crude, and deep enough to be meaningful and memorable. Importantly, it is entertaining as well.
aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female
twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable
brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking
about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old
underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself
pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky
waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples
with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a
surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying
thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own.
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the
over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to
alcohol and other drugs.
Historically, intense social stigma and discrimination have
kept recovery voices silent. Mass media depictions of people with addiction
have filled this vacuum, reinforcing stereotypes about people with a
preventable and treatable health condition. There are over 23 million Americans
in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. They, their family
members, friends and allies are building a grass roots social justice movement.
Courageous addiction recovery advocates have come out of the shadows and are
organizing to end discrimination and the criminalization of addiction, and
advance recovery-based solutions.
With the release of The Anonymous People documentary film,
Faces & Voices of Recovery and our partners are collaborating to launch a
new campaign, MANYFACES-1VOICE.ORG to engage and mobilize the newly emerging
constituency to transform public attitudes and policies affecting people
seeking or in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Whether
behind the scenes or on the front line, every recovery voice is needed.
Lee Tamahori's (Along Came a Spider) powerful adaptation of author Alan
Duff's best-selling novel centers on the troubled life of a Maori
family crippled by poverty, bigotry, alcoholism and domestic violence.
Rena Owen stars as Beth Heke, a beleaguered mother who struggles to care
for her three children while battling the demons of her erratic, often
violent husband, Jake (Temuera Morrison). 103 minutes
In 2009 the young Eluana Englaro
because of an incident remains in a coma. The girl is deemed incurable
and therefore the parents opt to commit an act of euthanasia for their
daughter; but in Italy it isn't a legal to do this particular process,
for which the Church and politics are hurled ruthlessly against the
parents of Eluana. In the mean time some episodes occur among
acquaintances of the girl, a young woman decides to kill herself wanting
to ingest a massive dose of heroin, but she is persuaded to stop by a
nurse; while a member of the political government of Berlusconi refuses to align himself with the party and plans to vote against a bill that will make euthanasia illegal.