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Cashing in on Johnny

Cashing in on Johnny

Photo: image.netWalk the LineStarring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Directed by James Mangold. 136 mins. Rated MWalk the Line (from one of Cash’s most memorable songs, I Walk the Line) uses the framework of 2004’s successful celebrity biopic of Ray Charles, Ray. It focuses upon a crucial moment in the singer’s life and then takes us back to his childhood, the beginnings of a career, success and the inevitable dependency and crash. It ends with the comeback of the singer, taking a second chance in life and career – and, as with Ray, spending more than three decades as a successful...

A graphic for all seasons

101 Ways to Use Religious Clip Art
Susan Daily, John Garratt Publishing, CD-Rom, $59.95

RELIGIOUS CLIP ART ARE graphics (sometimes including texts) commonly reproduced as decorations or additions to booklets and other documents produced by churches and schools. Originally this was done by photocopying images from printed collections, but now it is generally from electronic collections. They are also increasingly used in more diverse ways, such as on overhead projection sheets and in the creation of banners.

All consuming

Volume 17, Issue 7 

The Squid and the Whale
Starring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline. Written and directed by Noah Baumbach. 82 minutes. Rated MA.

BERNARD BERKMAN (DANIELS) is a professor of English literature at the New York University, and was once a celebrated author. He cannot get his most recent novel published. His wife Joan, was once his student, and he encouraged her to write. She has just had her first book published. Joan’s success and Bernard’s resentment highlights all that’s wrong in their marriage. Joan has an affair and Bernard moves out.

Inside Man

ImageVolume 17, Issue 6

Starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. Rated MA 15+ 129 mins.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN DIRECTOR Spike Lee is known for his edgy films. She Hate Me, Girl 6, Do The Right Thing, Clockers and 25th Hour among them. Inside Man is his most accessible and mainstream film to date. But there are enough interesting turns in the plot of this thriller that I need to be careful what I say, so as not to spoil the surprise.

Genius and Madness

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Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal. Directed by John Madden. 99mins. Rated M.

FILMS ABOUT MATHEMATICS, especially at university level, are not the first titles that come to mind in wondering what would be most popular at the box-office. However, during the 1980s, there was an interesting and challenging film about difficulties faced in the schools of Hispanic East Los Angeles. The subject being taught was calculus. The film was Stand and Deliver with Edward James Olmos as a dedicated teacher who wanted to improve the standards and possibilities in life for his students. It turned out to be quite popular.

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