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Secondhand Lions Review


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Like a similar creature that patrols a certain Yellow Brick Road, Tim McCanlies' Secondhand Lions is in dire need of a shot of courage. It's scary to think of how much better this king of the jungle could've been had it possessed the sharp teeth of its animal namesake and took a serious bite out of the plump themes of family greed, lost love and misspent youth. What we're left with are recycled kitten swipes taken by a family-friendly charmer that's content to coast by on the casting coup of landing Michael Caine and Robert Duvall under one cinematic roof.

Shy, bookish, and firmly implanted in his social shell, young Walter (Haley Joel Osment) receives a wake-up call when he's unceremoniously dumped off with his two great uncles Garth (Caine) and Hub (Duvall). It could be for a few days but might be for a few months, his mother (Kyra Sedgwick) tells him. Oh, and the two eccentric curmudgeons reportedly are millionaires, so if Walter can figure out where they're stashing their money before mom returns, all the better.

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Fidel (2002) Review


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A sentimental and suprisingly pro-Castro docudrama, Fidel is a completely one-sided love letter to Fidel Castro, overlooking decades of near-terror-level dictatorship of the country.

At 140 minutes long, it will try the patience of even the most dedicated viewer. The first half of the film follows Castro the protester, with long scenes in back rooms discussing his politics and unhappiness with then President Batista. Then long scenes as he plans a coup. Then a short bit of action as he completes the coup. Then long scenes as emerging dictator (mostly in back offices, planning and scheming).

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