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  • The Trip to Italy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 18 Sep, 2014

    Foodie travelogue through Italy with two comics who spend most of their time doing imitations of various celebs. Beautiful shots of Italy and delicious looking food plus some minor sexual scenes. I hoped I'd like this more than I did. I found it superficial. The imitations got annoying too soon and the depth of storytelling was not profound. The 3 stars are for the music and the scenery. I know my view is not typical of those many folks who liked it very much.

  • The Learning Tree 1969

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2014

    Unexpectedly moving story of hatred and racism in the 1920's in Kansas. Told from viewpoint of a black teen, the experiences he has turn him into a man before his time. Mostly non-professional cast does a creditable job of portraying the various townspeople from kind judge and doctor to ruthless, bloodthirsty lawman and black youth gone bad because of horrible treatment by everyone around him. The mother is played by Esther Rolle's older sister . This is rarely shown but worth looking for.

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