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Contest - Free Screening Passes - “In The Land of Blood and Honey”

Welcome back to the land of the living! Happy New Year! We are back! And starting off strong with a contest for Admit-2 passes for the new Angelina Jolie film “In the Land of Blood and Honey” The screening will be…

This Wednesday - January 4th - 7:30PM - Ritz in Philadelphia

Email “Info@cinedork.com" with the Subject "Blood and Honey" for your free tickets! (Deadline is Tomorrow at Midnight!)

Written and directed by Angelina Jolie, IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY is set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War in the ‘90s. This bold new film illustrates the consequences of the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict. IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY features a completely local cast, most of whom were children of the war. The film was simultaneously shot in English and their native language. During the time of the war the language spoken was Serbo-Croatian and is now referred to as BHS. FilmDistrict will release the English language version on Dec. 23, and it opens in Philadelphia on January 6.

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Review: Another Earth

Mike Cahill’s directorial debut of ‘Another Earth’ is fantastic. This indie gem was awarded the Arthur P. Sloan Commissioning Grant at Sundance, which is annually given to a feature film of which concerns a science or technology related narrative. The science fiction element within the film is used as a backdrop to the more prominently driven theme of the human condition – asking, for instance, how one would cope with guilt, regret, redemption, and reintegration into society after a life-altering traumatic event. The film’s lead is played brilliantly by Brit Marling – an actress that is sure to create some noise in upcoming cinema. Marling also co-wrote the script.

A duplicate Earth is discovered in the sky, and the film brings to light the questions that come along with this idea. Is there another me out there? Has the other me made that same mistakes I’ve made? Is that me better than this me? Marling’s character Rhoda is a MIT-bound high school graduate. While driving inebriated, she crashes her car into another and kills a mother and her child. The father, also in the car, is injured into a coma. Being released from jail four years later, Rhoda establishes a relationship with John, the father, played by William Mapother. Weighted with both entering a contest to win a trip to Earth 2 and becoming closer to a man who is unknowing of her influence on his life, Rhoda’s character must ‘face’ these previously mentioned questions.

The film’s science fiction backdrop flawlessly integrates with the truly human story at hand. Despite this, it seems the film has created some skepticism regarding the realism behind the sci-fi. Pedantically analyzing the truthfulness behind a premise of obvious fiction - duplicate Earths where everyone has a double - may surely lead to disappointment. Get lost in the film and you will be in for a treat. Your duplicate on Earth Two just called – they said go see this film.

This may be just another review from another film lover, but ‘another earth’ is unparalleled.

9 Earths out of 10


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