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The Theory of Everything: Almost

By Sandra Olmsted

Director James Marsh’s adapts Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen, the book by the first Mrs. Stephen Hawking, in The Theory of Everything and reveals a sympathetic, humanistic side of the famous British physicist and an even more sympathetic one of his first wife, Jane.

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Futuristic ‘Interstellar’ Contemplates Multiple Meanings of Time, Space, God

By Sandra Olmsted

In an unspecified future, the world has been changed by a blight, which resembles the 1930s Dust Bowl, although America’s breadbasket still grows enough food to keep going. On the family farm, ex-NASA test pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) struggles to raise his kids, the precocious 10-year-old Murph (Mackenzie Foy) and her 15-year-old brother Tom (Timothee Chalamet), with help from Donald (John Lithgow), his late wife’s father.

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The Makings of You: Opening Film for The St. Louis International Film Festival

By Sandra Olmsted

In an unusual move, the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) opens with a film made locally and by St. Louis native Matt Amato, who returned to shoot his debut feature.

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‘Big Hero 6’ is Perfect for Kids

By Sandra Olmsted

In Big Hero 6, Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter) wastes his days illegally fighting robots, and his brother Tadashi (voice of Daniel Henney) wishes his whiz-kid brother, who graduated high school at 13 would enroll in the local university’s robotics program and takes Hiro to the lab.

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John Wick is Laughable But Enjoyable at Same Time

By Sandra Olmsted

Although co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s over the top John Wick hypes up every troupe in the revenge-thriller genre, they make the film enjoyable because of its brazen, nearly tongue-in-cheek self-parody. The familiar basic plot, as in Death Wish, doesn’t offer many surprises, but John Wick has a certain verve. In a script too often on the nose, screenwriter Derek Kolstad’s main character might have been more appropriate named Fuse because he’s about to explode.

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Nightcrawler: The Dark Under Belly of TV News

By Sandra Olmsted

Just as Network and Broadcast News indicted news media of their day, Nightcrawler revels in the underbelly of news-ertainment and its desire to win rates over reporting and analyzing the events of the day.

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