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Interstellar: Who can you trust? (Spoiler alert)

Matthew McConaughey as the pilot of  the Endurance, a spacecraft tasked with exploring new worlds for humaity to colonize, in a scene from Paramount Pictures new movie Intersellar (Credit: Paramount Pictures)(Spoiler alert) Matthew McConaughey's latest movie is one of the longest I've seen in a while, at two hours 49 minutes.  It has to be that long, I suppose, to make room for all the stars that populate its cast.  Along with McConaughey, who is the current Academy Award winner for Best Actor, the film includes Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, and William Devane.

The movie is visually stunning and emotionally compelling.  Its beginning finds mankind facing a dying future.  War and catastrophe have limited the planet's ability to support life, so that corn is now our only viable agricultural product.  McConaughey plays a widower who farms but was preparing to become an astronaut before NASA was (supposedly) ended.  It turns out the space agency has continued in secret, and has found a way to travel to planets that might support human life.

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The Judge: should Duvall have played the role?

Robert Downey Jr as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home to defend his estranged father Judge Joseph Palmer, played by Oscar winner Robert Duvall, starring with Duvall for the first time in a courtroom scene from the new Warner Brothers movie The Judge (Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures) Robert Duvall calls his encounter with God years ago in an Arkansas Pentecostal church "the greatest discovery I ever made."  The actor has made no secret of his Christian commitment.  At one point, wanting to get the gospel more clearly to the culture, he wrote, directed, and acted in The Apostle, a movie he also financed.

One of America's most honored actors, Duvall has been nominated for six Academy Awards, winning Best Actor in Tender Mercies.  He has starred in some of the most acclaimed films of all time, and has appeared in 84 movies.  He made his first movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, when he was 31 years old.  At age 83, he is starring in The Judge, now in theaters.

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Making Fury: did Shia LaBeouf become a Christian?

Shia LeBeouf as Boyd 'Bible' Swan, in a scene from the new Sony Pictures World War II movie Fury, sits in the turret of a Sherman M4A3E8 tank, similar to the one that the real-life World War II tank crew named Fury (Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment) Fury stars Brad Pitt as the battle-scarred leader of a tank squad fighting in Germany during the last month of World War II.  While a fictional story, it is based on a composite of real-life tank battles and experiences.  I saw the movie recently and was moved by its authenticity and grit.  The film is notable for a variety of reasons.

One: it uses real tanks, including the only operating Tiger tank in the world.  Two: it stars four Jewish actors playing soldiers fighting Nazi Germany.  Three: the movie is remarkably realistic.  Movie critic Rex Reed calls it "intensely ferocious and relentlessly rough on the senses" and adds, "You'll know you've been to war, and not on the Hollywood front."

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    New thinking for great moms and dads There is an article that is being passed around the Internet right now and I am glad.  In fact, I hope after this blog is released, it will be passed around even more.  I sent a link to the article[…]

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