Thrills are alive with sound of Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald revealed herself as not only possessing a stellar soprano voice, but also a sparkling wit, winning personality and a strong social consciousness and conscience.


Horror movies with a conscience?

The movies that follow are fantasies based on real, immediate, contemporary threats.


"The Lion in Winter" delivers royal drama with rip-roaring wit

John Rafter Lee and Diane Hurley deliver bravura turns as the title character and his imprisoned, estranged wife Eleanor.


“Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight”

"My purpose is to be an artist, educator, responsible tax-paying citizen, and a contributing member to society who just so happens to be blind."


“Final Fantasy,” capitalism, and the environment

"Final Fantasy VII" centers on a militant ecological group called AVALANCHE, which is trying to stop the Shinra corporation from destroying the planet in its pursuit of Mako energy. 


Take heart in struggle for freedom, see “12 Years a Slave”

Based on a narrative written by Northrup in 1853, the film takes you inside slavery, from the slaves' point of view.


“In Organic We Trust” exposes falsely organic foods

Many food items claiming to be organic really are not, says Kip Pastor, who puts the U.S. food industry under a microscope in this well made, engrossing documentary.


"American Horror Story" welcomes viewers into its coven

A horror anthology series with a rotating/recurring cast, always led by the talented Jessica Lange. Too gruesome for some, too campy for others, American Horror Story is one of those shows that finds and snags a niche audience,


Great outer space “Gravity” and other film pleasures

I must start with the most stunning, a 3D film that had me jumping and falling out of my seat throughout the entire exasperating journey.


Cutting-edge films bring Middle East headlines to life

Last month's Toronto International Film Festival featured, among its 146 world premieres from 70 countries, cutting-edge films from the greater Middle East - the cutting edge of not only technology but coverage of critical world events.

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