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Review – Silence

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Review – Silence

By guest columnist Ben Zuk.

So here we are, a new year, with new movies to be watched in the church we like to call a cinema. One of its greatest priests Martin Scorsese releases the passion project he’s laboured hard to get on the screen for longer than I’ve been alive. A sense of anticipation and awe permeates the theatre, a feeling that remains throughout the majority of the movie.

Until it just doesn’t for the last 20 minutes or so.

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Movie Issues: The Family

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Movie Issues: The Family

The Family is based on the novel Malavita by Tonino Benacquista, directed by Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) and executively produced by Martin Scorsese. This mob comedy finds a mafia boss and his family relocated to a sleepy town in Normandy (France) under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Now out of place, the family has a hard time letting go of bad habits and solving their issues the “family” way, all while trying to stay undercover so their former mafia ties don’t track them down.

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Shutter Island Review

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Shutter Island Review

Located off the coast of Boston, Ashecliffe Hospital is home to the criminally insane. Residents here include mothers that have killed their children, husbands that have killed their wives, pyromaniacs and the list goes on. Emphasizing that they house patients, not prisoners, the purpose here is to cure. The only way on and off the island is through the ferry. Welcome to Shutter Island.

Going into the movie, I knew little about the story other than what I saw in the trailers. If you’re one of those people who like to do research by reading reviews or plots summaries be careful! I’ve checked some out and they may ruin the movie for you. I have purposely tried to limit what I say and you’ll be happy to know that this review contains no spoiler alerts, so you may proceed.

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