Living well while dying

Movie | Clouds traces a teen’s journey with terminal cancer
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/08/20, 03:45 pm

What sounds depressing—a teen’s diagnosis with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer—became the impetus for an inspiring new PG-13 movie from Disney+. 

Clouds tells the heartbreaking and joy-filled true story of Zach Sobiech and the remarkable events springing from his terminal disease. Based on his mom Laura’s memoirs, the two-hour film radiates realities and love of close family and friends in a small Minnesota town and shows the potency and purview of Zach’s music. His song “Clouds” became a global sensation.

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Missing the mark

Movie | In The Keeper, celebrity status earns a free pass for a former enemy
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/08/20, 03:43 pm

The Keeper is a new film inspired by the life of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier who became a star goalkeeper for the Manchester City football (soccer) team. Trautmann (David Kross) stays in England after release from a Lancashire POW camp at the end of World War II. He works for a grocer, Jack Friar (John Henshaw), and plays goalkeeper for the local football team Friar manages. Henshaw gives a memorable turn as a lovable lout.

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Herbaceous lessons

Movie | Minari reaps wisdom from the soil
by Sarah Schweinsberg
Posted 10/08/20, 03:40 pm

Minari is a beautifully told family drama loosely based on the childhood experiences of writer and director Lee Isaac Chung. 

In the 1980s, a Korean immigrant family leaves California and moves to rural Arkansas to start a farm. Jacob (Steven Yuen) and wife Monica (Yeri Han) have spent the last decade working in chicken hatcheries with little to show. Jacob brings his family to Arkansas with the hope of creating a “Garden of Eden.” 

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