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valerie p (ru) wrote: terrific movie, well worth the price of a ticket
john p (nl) wrote: This is a fantastic movie, especially to fans of David Lynch during the 90's (think Lost Highway). This is the kind of director that we need now because Lynch doesn't have too much time left. I highly recommend.
ivan s (gb) wrote: Faith is so personal and I applaud these people for telling their heartbreaking stories.
Zelie H (kr) wrote: i liked the first hand account , really good movie!
Xander K (de) wrote: Probably too long for its own good, but still takes you on a fascinating ride of hero-worship and villain scapegoating surrounding a tragic set of events.
William W (es) wrote: Excellent and fair coverage of a tough subject. The rare doc that doesn't have a slanted POV but really just wants to get to the truth.
William F (ag) wrote: It was a feel good movie of some good folks risking their lives for Polish Jews.
Wesley B (ag) wrote: You may have heard Nazis are bad and known about the Warsaw ghetto... and nothing here is necessarily new or illuminating in that regard. But the Zookeeper 's wife maintains a sure footing and quiet dignity treading familiar territory about the chaos of war and the work to subvert the Nazi war machine (it's part of a new generation of stories out of Eastern Europe, probably held back by the Cold War). None of the performances are astonishing - Chastain is fine but bland, and her accent wavers - but this is a solid, worthwhile effort.
Walter T (ru) wrote: From the Ashes should be required watching in Washington DC and in coal country. Surprisingly balanced, it paints a realistic picture of a world rapidly moving away from coal as an energy source and its devastating impact on jobs. The politics of coal dominates America and our ability to solve this has profound impact on literally millions of families directly or indirectly impacted by this industry. Go see it.
Walter R (nl) wrote: Quite the puzzle if you go with it. Took me awhile to get it but once I did, very cool. The mood is very strange and always keeps you uncomfortable. My girl figured out ending before I did which pissed me off. Jena Malone is great. Not for all but very intriguing nonetheless. Cool locations too.
Wacky B (de) wrote: I kind of liked the film, it was okay. I just found a lot of flaws in it and it left me uninspired.
Vince A (us) wrote: Very good documentary. It's frightening to see what a mob mentality, hero worship and obsession can do to a community. Happy Valley is filled with nut cases who spent more time making themselves and Joe Paterno into victims than actually caring about the real victims of child abuse. It's sickening.
Ursula L (ag) wrote: This documentary really disturbed me. As if the crimes committed weren't bad enough, this whole view of the town where Joe Paterno and the football team were "victims" is shameful. The university and the town are complicit in my opinion, because if it wasn't for the reverence of football above all else, these people wouldn't have had their blinders on to not see a child molester among them. Well done documentary, but the topic left me feeling sick.
Tracy M (es) wrote: Not many movies get you so emotionally vested and feeling the ups and downs of the characters. This movie needs to be out there for the masses to see. Not to just teaching about pledging but taking a stand when you know something is wrong. It has a lot of messages that can be taken through journey of life. It's easier to build strong children than repair broken men. F.D.
Tom S (gb) wrote: I WAS A MEMBER OF THIS CULT - You may have noticed that almost all of the critics are raving about HOLY HELL and it appears in many "Critic's Picks". SO WHY ALL THE BAD INDIVIDUAL REVIEWS? The answer is simple. You'll notice that the tone of the negative reviews is very protective of the group and the teacher. This is because the "Spiritual Master" of this group has told all of his followers to write multiple BAD reviews to attempt to dilute the rave reviews of the critics in a rather transparent attempt to dissuade audiences from seeing it. Of course it won't work. This is just one more classic coercive manipulation by this all too clever guru and it illustrates his iron-fist mind control of his misguided followers. The guru has told his disciples that the movie was just made to make money... the the people in are are deluded, lying jilted lovers. I know that these followers don't have bad intentions. Like myself, they have bought into the teacher's lies. They sadly don't communicate much with people outside of the group and they simply reinforce one another's misconceptions - a dangerous consequence of "group-think".This is a fascinating, beautifully made film. It is authentic, vulnerable and raw. The characters in this film courageously come out, in attempt to help others understand why people join and remain in cults. It is the first documentary about a cult, made by x-cult-memebers and it provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a modern day cult.A message to his current disciples, who I'm quite sure will see this: The ease with which he has you lie to protect him is nothing, compared to his own desire to lie to you to protect himself. Watch HOLY HELL yourself - even though it is forbidden. Ask yourself why all of his closest followers have left him. Hear first hand, with an open mind (if you are able) what other's have gone through. Have a little compassion. Keep in mind, this teacher calls himself enlightened and asks for you to surrender. He works as your therapist. He says he is beyond karma and the desires of the body and mind but time and time again he has violated the trust of those who knew him most intimately. Look at all the karma that has been created... Then decide where you stand.
Tiago A (ru) wrote: I enjoyed this movie since the beggining. I enjoyed the acting and the fact that this was a movie made by black people. And please, don't judge them because of the color the the skin. This movie presents the nightmare living by millions of students trying to get on on college and can't or are affraid of the underground hazing. This movie represents a current problem about the colleges and needs to be watched like it.And for those who said this movie has no end: You did not understand a bit about it.
Tex S (ca) wrote: The Zookeeper's Wife, movie review"The Zookeeper's Wife" tries to do too much. It's a resistance film at it's heart, but it was also a family drama, a war film, a psychological thriller, and more. None of the parts are played out well enough to be satisfying. For example, about half way through the film, we realize that the title character, Antonina Zabinski played by Jessica Chastain, is having a baby. We saw the married couple having sex, and then bam, she's having a kid. Another example is the husband, Jan Zabinski played Johan Heldenbergh is suddenly in armed resistance against the Germans. The film seems disjointed without enough lead up to these and other major plot elements in the film. The acting is fine, but it doesn't have enough gravitas for such a story. Chastain's accent fluctuates from flawless to not so perfect. To give her full credit, Chastain is an asset in most of the film. The way she holds the young animals shows genuine love for the beasts. Heldenbergh seems like he is phoning it in half the time; he doesn't embody the character. Even Daniel Brhl is mediocre as the sinister Lutz Heck, a German officer with a lust for Antonina and an affinity for animals. His performance is uneven and he is out of sorts. In the end, much of the problem is with the script. Some of the dialogue is terrible. Antonia's line "Maybe that's why I prefer animals to people. You can look into their eyes and know exactly what they think" is terrible. Certainly, the line is trying to show that she empathizes with animals, but it comes across as false and out of place. The way she treated the animals was enough for us to get the point. And besides, you can't know what an animal is thinking. That's stupid. While most of the script is competent, none of it stands out as spectacular or well written. However, the dialogue is not the worst part of the film. It's the cloying treacle they call a sound score. It's so light and lovely, but I don't need to be told how to feel. Silence would have served the film better. Harry Gregson-Williams did well with his score for The Martian, but here the music is an annoyance from the first note. More Chopin, please!?Rating: MatineeIt's a great story that could have been done better by sticking to one plot line: the refugees and their act of resistance. By trying to do too much, it was less of a film. Peace, Tex Shelters
Tara J (es) wrote: I saw this film at Sundance. While the footage was indeed striking, the overalll purpose of the movie seemed to be to convince us that this big scary cult is still out to get us, except that the cult didn't seem big or scary. A bunch of people running around in the woods or meditating. I mean I get the whole sexual abuse thing with minors but these guys were all adults in the 80s. Rampant gay sex in the 80s isn't exactly a shocker.Overall I just found the documentary lacking a lot of documenting... maybe we need a new category called a convince-umentary? I gave it 1 star for effort, though the film editing was terrible, as the other critics have mentioned.
Susanna M (ca) wrote: Heart & gut-wrenching, esp if you're an animal lover. Overall, sad. Makes me sick to my stomach and angry.
Sue D (es) wrote: Excellent movie. Don't miss it.