THE BURIAL – Review by Nadine Whitney

Maggie Betts’ The Burial is based on a true David and Goliath lawsuit over a contract dispute between a Biloxi, Mississippi based funeral home owner and a multi-million dollar corporation known as Loewen LLC a “death care” industry giant from Canada. Taking its inspiration from an article written by Jonathan Harr in Time Magazine, Betts writing in conjunction with Doug Wright turns the story in part to act as a biography of lawyer Willie E. Gary (Jamie Foxx) and his client Jerry O’Keefe (Tommy Lee Jones), a throwback nineties courtroom drama, and most essentially, a reflection of two versions of ‘The American Dream.’

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: October 27: NOVITIATE

motw logo 1-35Writer/director Margaret Betts’ first feature is a compelling drama that tells the sometimes-bleak story of Cathleen, an earnest young woman who decides to take the veil in the early 1960s, as Vatican II reforms dictated changes in the cloistered lives of women religious. Novitiate is a stunning eye-opener. Continue reading…

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