PICK OF THE WEEK
Critics are surprisingly giving this heart-wrenching movie great reviews saying that Mickey Rourke was born for this role. Randy "The Ram" Robinson, a 1980s-era pro wrestler, has become a burnt-out shell of his former self. After he has a heart attack during a small-time match, a doctor tells him he could die if he fights again. In an effort to build a new life, Robinson takes a job at a deli, moves in with an aging stripper and tries to build a relationship with her son. But the prospect of a rematch with his old nemesis, the Ayatollah, proves too tempting to resist, even if it means risking his life.
FOREIGN FILM OF THE WEEK
This one is dedicated to all you hard-working teachers out there. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, master French director Laurent Cantet's The Class
is an absorbing journey into a multicultural high school in Paris over the course of a school year. François Begaudeau is an openminded teacher in charge of a classroom of youngsters from a wide variety of backgrounds. In the teacher conferences, he butts heads with the harsher adults who don't appear to have any sympathy for their students. In class, his attempts to be lenient and understanding are somehow misinterpreted and he finds himself arguing with the kids that he so clearly wants to help. As the school year progresses, tensions rise, until François finds himself in a position he never imagined he'd be in. Critics are giving this film great reviews saying that this documentary style movie portrays the new, culturally diverse France of the early 21st century to striking life.
THE MOVIE TO WATCH IF YOU NEED ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SCANDAL
Nothing But the Truth
Just what we need right? Washington, DC political journalist Rachel Armstrong writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent. When a special government prosecutor demands she divulge her source, she refuses and finds herself behind bars, struggling to defend the principles she has based her career upon. Critics are saying that Nothing But the Truth
is an intelligent, well-crafted political drama.
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