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click to enlarge TerrorStorm: A History of - Government-Sponsored Terrorism (NR) -  -  -  - Disinformation  -  - Radio personality Alex Jones, of prisonplanet.com fame, - provides yet another anti-establishment flick rife with - Orwellian prophecy, 911 conspiracy and Mideast policy - concern. His assertions of historical "false-flag - operations"  covert government ops designed to look - as if they're being carried out by other entities  aimed - at rallying public support behind a propagandist cause - are compelling. That actor Charlie Sheen continues - risking his reputation in avid support of the film is - inspiring. But at film's end, I'm not sure if I should slip - into a dunce cap and straitjacket for being gullible to - Jones' own brand of propaganda, or if I should slap Rage - Against the Machine in the stereo and head to - Washington, menacing pitchfork in hand. That I wonder - is testament at least to the film's entertainment value. -  Matthew Schniper
  • TerrorStorm: A History of Government-Sponsored Terrorism (NR)

    Disinformation

    Radio personality Alex Jones, of prisonplanet.com fame, provides yet another anti-establishment flick rife with Orwellian prophecy, 911 conspiracy and Mideast policy concern. His assertions of historical "false-flag operations" covert government ops designed to look as if they're being carried out by other entities aimed at rallying public support behind a propagandist cause are compelling. That actor Charlie Sheen continues risking his reputation in avid support of the film is inspiring. But at film's end, I'm not sure if I should slip into a dunce cap and straitjacket for being gullible to Jones' own brand of propaganda, or if I should slap Rage Against the Machine in the stereo and head to Washington, menacing pitchfork in hand. That I wonder is testament at least to the film's entertainment value. Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Half Nelson (R)  -  -  -  - Sony Pictures  -  - Ryan Gosling earned a well-deserved Oscar nod for this - powerful (and not in any way clichd) story about an - inspiring teacher, struggling with a hardcore drug - problem, who develops an unlikely bond with a student - who catches him in the act. It's a refreshing look at - educational hypocrisy, as he tries to wean his children - off the dangers of the world  yet indulges in vices at - every available moment. A special note goes to Shareeka - Epps as the lonely latch-key girl, who displays an - incredible emotional range, for which she should have - been nominated for an Oscar as well. In a world where - the lily-white Dakota Fannings of the world get all the - nods, her shun is a pointed commentary at the lack of - diversity in the nominations.  Louis Fowler -
  • Half Nelson (R)

    Sony Pictures

    Ryan Gosling earned a well-deserved Oscar nod for this powerful (and not in any way clichd) story about an inspiring teacher, struggling with a hardcore drug problem, who develops an unlikely bond with a student who catches him in the act. It's a refreshing look at educational hypocrisy, as he tries to wean his children off the dangers of the world yet indulges in vices at every available moment. A special note goes to Shareeka Epps as the lonely latch-key girl, who displays an incredible emotional range, for which she should have been nominated for an Oscar as well. In a world where the lily-white Dakota Fannings of the world get all the nods, her shun is a pointed commentary at the lack of diversity in the nominations. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge The Last Unicorn: 25th - Anniversary Edition (G)  -  -  - Lionsgate  -  - To most late-twentysomethings, in the early years of - HBO, this animated fantasy was broadcast ad - nauseam, creating a cable-based fanbase that rivals - that of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. - But now, more than 25 years later, with the innocence of - childhood gone, how does it hold up? Actually, with - disappointing results. The animation is shoddy at best, - and the plot, regarding a talking unicorn and an inept - magician trying to take down an evil king, is a half- - baked attempt at a kid-friendly version of Heavy - Metal. And it's worth mentioning just how incredibly - boring the whole thing is. I'm at a loss remembering how - it was entertaining even when I was a kid. Unless you - have a severe nostalgic bent for The Last Unicorn - , just skip it and enjoy the memories.  - Louis Fowler
  • The Last Unicorn: 25th Anniversary Edition (G)

    Lionsgate

    To most late-twentysomethings, in the early years of HBO, this animated fantasy was broadcast ad nauseam, creating a cable-based fanbase that rivals that of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. But now, more than 25 years later, with the innocence of childhood gone, how does it hold up? Actually, with disappointing results. The animation is shoddy at best, and the plot, regarding a talking unicorn and an inept magician trying to take down an evil king, is a half- baked attempt at a kid-friendly version of Heavy Metal. And it's worth mentioning just how incredibly boring the whole thing is. I'm at a loss remembering how it was entertaining even when I was a kid. Unless you have a severe nostalgic bent for The Last Unicorn , just skip it and enjoy the memories. Louis Fowler

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