THIRTEEN LIVES – Review by Diane Carson

Director Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives impressively dramatizes actual events from 2018, an equally terrifying and inspiring, seemingly impossible rescue mission. Even knowing the outcome for the twelve Thai Wild Boar soccer boys and their coach as they enter the Tham Luang Cave in Thailand’s northern Chiang Rai Province, a palpable chill takes over as monsoon storms unleash torrents of rain.

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THIRTEEN LIVES – Review by T. J. Callahan

Director, Ron Howard and a star studded cast team up to tell the harrowing story of the soccer team that got trapped in a Thailand cave on June 23rd, 2018. A disaster seen around the world, Thirteen Lives, at 2 1⁄2 hours, gives us a day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute account from the time the Wild Boars entered the Tham Luang cave system until the last one was pulled to safety after unexpected monsoon rains flooded the cavity and left the boys and their coach stranded for 18 days.

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THE BATMAN – Review by Susan Granger

Matt Reeves’ The Batman is a brooding, noir’ish interpretation of the DC Comics superhero, focusing for almost three hours on a sorrowful, conflicted Dark Knight, haunted by serious psychological issues involving his late father. Working with cinematographer Greig Fraser and production designer James Chinlund, director/writer Matt Reeves bathes the film in a bleak, inky blackness, enhanced by Michael Giacchino’s symphonic score.

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THE BATMAN – Review by T. J. Callahan

The Batman is set 20 years after the murder of young Bruce Wayne’s parents. It’s Halloween and Gotham’s “on the take” political leaders are being killed by the sadistic Riddler…forcing Batman to scrutinize the city’s corruption and the Wayne family’s possible involvement. The Batman is a throwback private eye film and a psychological thriller. It’s more True Detective and less Super Hero.

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VOYAGERS – Review by Susan Granger

Prolific Neil Burger (Divergent, Limitless) wrote and directed this YA sci-fi thriller that imagines a dystopian future in 2063, when Earthlings only hope for the survival of the human species is to colonize a hospitable planet located in a faraway galaxy. It will take 86 years for a crew to go that distance, so 30 test-tube-conceived youngsters are dispatched on a mission during which they’ll reproduce so their grandchildren can settle Earth’s new colony.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 14 – November 18: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

If anyone knows a thing or two about beasts and monsters, it is J.K. Rowling. Opening Nov. 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read on….

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