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Gandhi Review


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In a society rife with Robin Williams waterworks and Ben Affleck angst, it's nice to have an occasional jolt of truth. Gandhi, while a couple of decades old now, still has that bold-faced honesty which we find so often lacking in many contemporary films.

Gandhi stars Ben Kingsley in a retelling of the life and times of revered Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi, renowned peace lover, sage, and all around worldly wise man. There is little told here that cannot be read in any history book, for Gandhi is not some sort of Hollywood trumped up, Pearl Harbored dramatization of history. Rather, it's just the facts, nothing but truth.

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Children Of The Damned Review


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In this perfunctory sequel to the classic Village of the Damned, more alienish/supergenius/telepathic kids are unearthed, only this time the sextet can be found flung around the world. In addition to the British brat, there's an Indian boy, a Chinese girl, and so on. They are all brilliant and can read each other's minds -- so naturally it's a great idea with scientists bring them together for an impromptu summit. Unfortunately, the politically correct multi-ethnic group destroys the only truly scary part of the original: The creepy, identical blondness of the children. The plot is also a total retread; adults try to destroy the kids when they realize what they are, and the kids do whatever they can to stop it. Not badly made, at least.

Gandhi Review


Extraordinary
In a society rife with Robin Williams waterworks and Ben Affleck angst, it's nice to have an occasional jolt of truth. Gandhi, while a couple of decades old now, still has that bold-faced honesty which we find so often lacking in many contemporary films.

Gandhi stars Ben Kingsley in a retelling of the life and times of revered Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi, renowned peace lover, sage, and all around worldly wise man. There is little told here that cannot be read in any history book, for Gandhi is not some sort of Hollywood trumped up, Pearl Harbored dramatization of history. Rather, it's just the facts, nothing but truth.

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