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It's Kind of a Funny Story

I worked my way through college at a mental hospital and this film quite wonderfully captures the zaniness, humor, hopelessness at times, but best of all the relatable humanity one finds in a closed world where troubled people need someone else's key to get in and out.

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The Social Network

As far as I can tell, there's a must-see and there's a must-read this fall. The must-read is Freedom, a novel by Jonathan Franzen. The must-see is The Social Network. In my opinion, The Social Network is definitely a must-see. I'm not entirely sold on the Franzen. What's particularly impressive about The Social Network is the degree of difficulty in making the subject matter not just watchable, but riveting.

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

I liked the scenes that Michael Douglas or Josh Brolin were in, otherwise I prefer to remember the original.

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Red

Red is a more sophisticated and sometimes very funny variation on the Expendables theme: an older ensemble group in a shoot-em-up. Ironically, Mary-Louise Parker turns out to be the star. Bruce Willis is very good, too. Morgan Freeman, who I love of course, doesn't seem all that comfortable in comedies. Helen Mirren appears lost as well. Still, this is an enjoyable stew.

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Waiting for Superman

I can't imagine anything more important than the subject of this documentary: the state of education in this country. I think the message would have been just as effective in half an hour, but it's still something that every grandparent, parent, teacher, and other living and breathing American should see. Clearly our education system is a mess and there are some programs that could help tremendously, and right away.

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