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The family fib

Movie | In The Farewell, a Chinese family decides not to tell a matriarch about her terminal cancer
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 8/15/19, 01:13 pm

“Based on an actual lie” is the opening tagline to director Lulu Wang’s second feature film, The Farewell. The PG-rated movie tells the story of a Chinese family dealing with the impending death of its beloved matriarch by not telling her she is dying.

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Good news hour

Movie | A reporter hunts down the source of anonymous gifts in lighthearted Good Sam
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 8/01/19, 02:58 pm

Netflix is spending billions of dollars this year to produce original movies and series for its subscribers. Regrettably, many of these shows are awash in objectionable content. A quick scan of newer original releases on the streaming network shows that much of this content is rated for “mature” audiences. Are Netflix executives also willing to finance family-friendly fare?

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No wave too high

Documentary | Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable offers a closer look at the famous surfer’s inspiring life story
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 7/18/19, 02:56 pm

Even as a 13-year-old, Bethany Hamilton was a determined person: She was back on a surfboard four weeks after losing her left arm to a shark. Hamilton became famous through her book Soul Surfer and the 2011 movie of the same name. While she’s proud of that film, the competitive surfer wanted to tell more of her story—warts and all. The result is the new documentary Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable.

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