THE YELLOW BIRDS — Review by Jennifer Merin

yellow birds poster new small>Alexandre Moors’ powerful drama shatters notions that going to war makes heroes of ordinary men. Neither Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich), age 21, nor Murph (Tye Sheridan), who is barely 18, have any idea about what they want to do with their lives, so they join the military. They meet in basic training, and bond as brothers, determined to get through the military drill together. Their conmection is strengthened when Bartle meets Murph’s doting and very anxious mom (Jennifer Aniston), at an on base family dinner before the two deploy to Iraq, where they quickly learn that war is not a video game. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 13-19: THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT

Opening July 17, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Stanford Prison Experimentthe dramatisation of events which occurred at Stanford University in 1971. Professor Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup, Almost Famous) cast 24 of his students in the roles of prisoners and guards in a mocked up prison in the university’s basement; an experiment to examine human behaviour under such circumstances. Despite the students’ initial camaraderie, it doesn’t take long for them for friendships to break down and extreme behaviours to emerge. Read on…

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