Princess Ka’iulani (2009)

Posted on November 8, 2014
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Nov 08, 2014
by Mr. Nau

Q’orianka Kilcher stars as Princess Ka‘iulani — daughter of a Hawaiian Princess and a Scottish businessman — who is sent to a Victorian English boarding school for her education and returns to her homeland to try to prevent the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and its annexation by American sugar interests.

Grade: B.

Ivory Tower (2014)

Posted on November 2, 2014
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Nov 02, 2014
by Mr. Nau

This documentary investigation of the state of American higher education indicts the education industry for its astronomical price increases, poor preparation of students for jobs in industry, and emphasis on profit above service. We see the history of the privatization of education and its effects on today’s and tomorrow’s students.

Grade: A.

IMDB: Ivory Tower.

The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

Posted on September 15, 2014
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Sep 15, 2014
by Mr. Nau

Janice, a temp worker with an annoyingly meddling sister, meets a quiet street performer in this charming independent romantic comedy starring Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, and Topher Grace. With a nicely-written script and great chemistry between the lead actors, this low-budget charmer is a good rental for snuggling.

Grade: A-.

Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

Posted on September 11, 2014
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Sep 11, 2014
by Mr. Nau

Jack is sent by his best friend, Iris, to stay at her cabin in the San Juan Islands to get some space after his brother’s death. He meets her sister, Hannah, who’s recovering from a relationship’s end. This entertaining romantic comedy features a believable love triangle and a sweet story.

Grade: B+.

How I Live Now (2013)

Posted on June 9, 2014
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Jun 09, 2014
by Mr. Nau

Daisy, a rebellious American teenager, is sent by her rich father to spend the summer with her cousins in England. She falls inappropriately in love with her eldest cousin and endures a long march back to their farm after she’s taken to a work camp as World War III starts.

Grade: B.

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Posted on April 30, 2014
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Apr 30, 2014
by Mr. Nau

Brad Pitt leads a star-studded cast as Lieutenant Aldo Raine, an American Army officer who commands a special team of Nazi hunters in occupied France during World War II. With Quentin Tarantino directing, this hilarious war picture is full of violent action scenes, irreverent humor, and menacing bad guys.

Grade: A.

Tonight, You’re Mine (2011)

Posted on March 5, 2014
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Mar 05, 2014
by Mr. Nau

A prankster at a multi-day music festival handcuffs a pair of rock stars together, who don’t get along very well, before they’re each supposed to be on stage. The romance between the two lead actors was obvious from the beginning, but their reluctantly growing relationship is entertaining to watch.

Grade: B.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Posted on February 22, 2014
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Feb 22, 2014
by Mr. Nau

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper shine in this independent romantic comedy about two broken people, who have both had challenges with mental illness, slowly getting together, ostensibly to try to help him win back his ex-wife. Robert DeNiro and Chris Tucker contribute nuanced supporting performances to this hilarious picture.

Grade: A.

IMDB: Her.

Vikings (2013)

Posted on February 5, 2014
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Feb 05, 2013
by Mr. Nau

The History Channel has produced an incredible television series–complete with visceral and realistic fight scenes, wonderful acting performances, and believable historical detail–to tell the story of the legendary Viking hero Ragnar Lothbrok and his clansmen, as they make their first voyages across the North Sea toward Great Britain.

Grade: A++.

IMDB: Vikings.

Her (2013)

Posted on January 20, 2014
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Jan 20, 2014
by Mr. Nau

Not too far in the future, according to this film, we may have intelligent operating systems that will be able to converse with and befriend us. Joaquin Phoenix plays a letter writer who installs this new operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johanssen, and develops a weird, codependent friendship with it.

Grade: B+.

IMDB: Her.

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