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  • Queen of Katwe

    Queen of Katwe

    This is a new 2016 favorite AND now in my all-time top 100.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    A funny and touching tale of two outcasts put together who learn to relate to and embrace one another.

    POSITIVES
    - This is consistently a hoot and there's one scene in particular that I and most everyone else was cry laughing during
    - The cast even those who have a minor role are endearing/pitch perfect. And hey, that's Sam Neill!

    No IN THE MIDDLE or NEGATIVES :D

    ... A new 2016 fav!

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  • Lion

    Lion

    Before turning 10 Saroo (Dev Patel) is separated from his brother and eventually lands in a holding place for unclaimed youth. Saroo is then adopted by an a Australian couple. The story's tension is in Saroo's inner turmoil about his desire to reconnect with his blood family. Being adopted I can relate to that inner turmoil, the internal back and forth. I have no tangible memory of my birth mom or dad. She'd just begun her 20s and he was…

  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    Very few sub-genres of horror gets my grits as often as the supernatural/possession does. Besides the torture porn variety this type more than most under the umbrella of horror often has maximum carnage and insufficient characters. As a Christian I feel this type has rich potential for philosophical discussion, in a larger genre that has perhaps the richest ground for it, yet is too often undermined by the shock and awe factor (why so often?) as well as an almost…