Rebecca Cusey
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The Tree of Life

Movie
by Rebecca Cusey
Posted 5/20/11, 10:35 am

Melded together by director Terrence Malick from bits of images, memories, and heart-cries, The Tree of Life envelopes us in one man's spiritual journey. Jack, played in adulthood by Sean Penn, ruminates on the mysteries of life and loss on the anniversary of his brother's death. The result is a fragmented but beautiful kaleidoscope of a film that is closer to a prayer set to music than to a story.

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The Beaver

Movie | Mel Gibson's acting is spectacular, more so because he plays two characters at once
by Rebecca Cusey
Posted 5/06/11, 06:34 am

If there is one thing Mel Gibson understands, it is damnation. The once-lauded actor was able to bring the concept to life in The Passion of the Christ, before the scandals that knocked him from his Hollywood throne and moral pulpit. In The Beaver, directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster, Gibson portrays a man crippled at first by regret and depression, then by the domination of a strange creature that was to be his salvation.

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Secret Millionaire

Television | New ABC show where the wealthy go undercover in poor neighborhoods to find worthy causes on which to bestow their money
by Rebecca Cusey
Posted 3/11/11, 04:09 am

In the wake of the success of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC is set to try another show highlighting goodness and sacrifice. The American version of the British show Secret Millionaire, in which the wealthy go undercover in poor neighborhoods to find worthy causes on which to bestow their money, premiered March 6.

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