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FLOATING TO THE TOP – REVIEW: Gravity (2013)

There is little question that 2013 has produced a crop of interesting movies, but just how many will pass the test of time remains to be seen. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) is certainly likely to be one that viewers will go back to. Over the years Cuarón has been responsible for a varied and well-received crop…

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LEAKING WIKILEAKS – REVIEW: The Fifth Estate (2013)

Blockbuster disclosures on WikiLeaks of secret government information and the shady dealings of business and other institutions, coupled with the recent Snowden leaks on government snooping, have made the whole issue of Internet activism a hot topic. The Fifth Estate (Bill Condon, 2013) capitalizes on this interest in a new film about WikiLeaks and its…

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A TOO-ORDINARY TRAGEDY – REVIEW: Fruitvale Station (2013)

Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler, 2013) Apart from brief moments at its beginning and toward its end Fruitvale Station is about very ordinary things. Much of it could almost be a very high quality home video: a father with his daughter, planning a birthday celebration, playing with a dog, getting ready for New Year’s Eve. It…