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“Always remember this Anna, there are no walls, no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind.” I vividly recall those words of Anne Frank’s father being rivited to the family television set as a young child watching this iconic film and feeling the tensions build as a group of people hid from the bad guys (the German Gestapo). It was my first glimpse into World War II and it wouldn’t be for years that I came to understand, or at least as much as anyone can understand, the horrors of the Holocaust. Based on the now famous journal kept by a young teenager, and youngest... (Read More ...)

Mother: I’m trying to find my son. Woman at Desk: Name? Mother: [in tears] I don’t know. What a strange conversation to say the least, however, as far fetched as it may seem, it sets the stage for the fantasy, almost fairytale-ish, harshly criticized movie, August Rush. Many may wonder why I chose a movie to review that critics hated. Afterall, I choose only movies that inspire me with the hope they will inspire you and the critics opinions and mine are generally close. Not this time. See, I love this film for a number of reasons they didn’t, the first being, it’s a feel-good... (Read More ...)

“Houston, we have a problem.” Who can’t recall those words from that historic Apollo mission and 1995 movie, Apollo 13? Directed by “Richie Cunningham” Ron Howard, the storyline couldn’t have been scripted any better by the best screen writers in Hollywood. The simple fact this story is true, and not in the least over-dramatized with liberties Hollywood often takes when paying homage to historical events, and, knowing the story has a happy ending, makes this movie especially endearing. Apollo 13 is given a human face by the stellar performance of Tom Hanks who... (Read More ...)

“E.T. phone home.” Who could ever forget the face and voice that uttered those words. Surely, one of the most memorable lines in movie history. But let’s back up and explore E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Set against the backdrop of an 1980’s family divorce, director Steven Spielberg lovingly transports us back to the magic days of our childhood through the exploits of the film’s co-protagonist, Elliott (Henry Thomas), a lonely child who discovers a short, heart-shape-faced alien left behind in nearby woods by an alien task force collecting botanicals in southern California.... (Read More ...)

“Stern, if this factory ever produces a shell that can actually be fired, I’ll be very unhappy.” Dark. Horrifying. Inspiring. True. The Holocaust is one of the largest stains on humanity. Steven Speilberg’s Schindler’s List has done what no movie maker or documentary filmmaker has done to date. He not only brought the Holocaust into your living room… he transports you to the very heart of the Holocaust. Although visually stunning in lavish black & white, Schindler’s List is anything but pretty. In my opinion though, it’s one of the most inspirational... (Read More ...)

“Are you saying you’ll flunk us if we don’t change the world?” Many movie reviews of Pay It Forward criticize the 2000 film as being too syrupy and sentimental. The way I see it, better today’s young folk watch an inspirational movie like this than the latest violent video game. Based on a popular novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the story begins when a hard-nosed reporter (Jay Mohr), about to lose his job, receives an unexpected favor from a wealthy person and learns of a movement called Pay It Forward where individuals do favors for others expecting nothing in return... (Read More ...)

“I’m an excellent driver.” Above all, 1988 Academy Award Best Picture Winner, Rain Man, is a movie about family values. Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of autistic savant, Raymond (Rain Man) Babbitt. His understated yet brilliant performance, with little room for character evolvement due to his affliction, allowed a young Tom Cruise to shine as Charlie Babbitt, Raymond’s high-strung, con-man car salesman brother in need of finding a fast $80,000.00 or lose his business over a bad deal. Three million dollars has just been left to Raymond, in trust... (Read More ...)

“For the first time in my life, I got people respecting me. Please, don’t ask me to give it up.” If you like David-meets-Goliath movies, you’ll like Erin Brockovich. If you like stories of the least likely person discovering their true passion and life purpose, and finally finding both, you’ll also like Erin Brockovich. If you like inspirational movies that are not only truly inspirational but TRUE, you’ll LOVE Erin Brockovich! Julia Roberts plays the least-likely-to-beat-a-behemoth-utility-company, twice-divorced mother of three who, through sheer determination... (Read More ...)

“Hello. My name’s Forrest, Forrest Gump.  You want a chocolate?” After watching this 2 1/2 hour classic you’re sure to agree Forrest Gump is not just an inspirational movie, it’s really a spiritual movie. Set against the backdrop of U.S. history from the 50’s through the 80’s and told from a bus stop seat  in Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia by a man with an IQ of 75, the endearing Forrest Gump takes us on a whimsical, egoless ride of his rise to fame and fortune as he graces some of history’s most iconic moments with his presence. The beautiful... (Read More ...)