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The American Astronaut Review


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A documentary about the space program? The sequel to a bad Johnny Depp movie?

Whatever the phrase The American Astronaut sets you to thinking about, you're not even close.

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Songcatcher Review


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Interesting counterpart to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, as Janet McTeer's stuffy professor visits her roots in Appalachia in the early 1900s. There she encounters not just the stereotypical moonshine stills, kissing cousins, and ignorant shut-ins, but she finds a deep history of impressive folk music that has been passed down amongst the locals. The movie becomes more than just a story about the music, of course, as McTeer's musicologist comes to understand and appreciate the locals' way of life... and maybe there'll be a little romance along the way?

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Songcatcher Review


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Wonderfully chameleonic actress Janet McTeer ("The King Is Alive," "Tumbleweeds") gives another of her distinctive and deeply immersed performances in "Songcatcher" as a priggish 1900s music scholar.

A terse, obstinate, overeducated woman who is deeply resentful at having been passed up for a promotion to full professor at her university (in favor of a man), she abandons civilization for a spell to visit her sister (Jane Adams), a teacher at a very remote one-room school in the Appalachian Mountains.

McTeer's intense and austere performance serves the story well as her character makes the discovery of her professional life while reluctantly roughing it with the rustic locals: The isolated society of struggling mountain people has preserved, intact, for hundreds of years the Scots-Irish folk songs carried to the New World by their ancestors.

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