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Jul 31st

Inspirational tale featuring Sandra Bullock’s oscar-winning performance arrives on DVD

What is it about the holiday season and heartwarming tales revolving around an orphan who’s miraculously saved by some selfless act of charity? 2009’s contribution to the tried-and-true genre was The Blind Side, a real-life story based on Michael Lewis’ best seller of the same name.  
Superficially, the picture’s plot resembles the typical, Cinderella-themed sports saga with a fairy tale ending. After all, it chronicles the gridiron exploits of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) as he pursues a dream of playing pro football from high school through college en route to a promising NFL career which, by the way, he has just begun this season with the Baltimore Ravens.
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Ida Dances with Irv: A Smooth exploration of the Harlem Renaissance

 Ida Dances with Irv: A Smooth exploration of the Harlem RenaissanceOne of the Twin Cities favorite jazz masters, Irv Williams (“Mr. Smooth”) and the Irv Williams Quartet, will appear alongside centenarian choreographer/dancer Ida Arbeit and the Kairos Dance Theatre company, Sunday, April 18, 4 pm, at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.
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Book review: SistahFaith: Real Stories of Pain, Truth and Triumph

Book review: SistahFaith: Real Stories of Pain, Truth and Triumph“The women in this book have come a long way to meet you. Some of them write under a new name to protect their families. Others speak in their own name to save their lives... As you read these stories, be comforted if you are afflicted. Be clothed with the robe of many colors, the garment of praise. Walk with us on a journey past hurt, past shame, past rejection. A journey straight to the heart of God.”
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Grieving father’s bitterness softened by posthumous visit to Japan

Grieving father’s bitterness softened by posthumous visit to JapanDaniel Holder’s (Ben Guillory) dad perished during World War II while serving in the U.S. military on the Pacific Front. This makes it easy to understand why he might have had misgivings about his own son Mickey’s (Victor Grant) taking a job teaching English in Kochi Prefecture, a rural section of Japan. Between Mickey’s hurtful decision to relocate to the Land of the Rising Sun and the physical distance from the father he left behind in San Francisco that necessitated, this sorry state of eventually led to their estrangement.
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Documentary chronicles rise of California Beat Era art scene

Documentary chronicles rise of California Beat Era art scene Back in the Fifties, in the days before TV had hopelessly homogenized America into a place where you could find the same merchandise in the same chain stores in every mall all across the country, the East and West Coast had distinctly different cultures, even different counter-cultures. For instance, while New York was the home of beatniks and a frenetic style of jazz known as hard bop, Los Angeles gave birth to a much mellower alternative called Cool.
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1st Disney cartoon to feature African-American princess arrives on DVD

1st Disney cartoon to feature African-American princess arrives on DVD All Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) ever dreamed about as a child was of one day opening her own restaurant where she could make gumbo alongside her father (Terrence Howard), an aspiring chef. But he passed away while serving in the military during World War I, leaving it to his widow (Oprah Winfrey) to raise their daughter alone in New Orleans on a meager seamstress’ salary. Consequently, Tiana ended up having to work as a waitress in order to save enough money to purchase the abandoned warehouse she wants to convert into an eatery.
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Damon dowses desert for WMDs in predictable Iraq War drama

Damon dowses desert for WMDs in predictable Iraq War drama  President Bush’s pretext for declaring War on Iraq in 2003 was that Saddam Hussein was supposedly in possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) which posed an imminent threat to the United States. Ultimately, however, neither the military nor the CIA was able to find any evidence of biological, chemical or nuclear stockpiles. Furthermore, the official report issued by the Iraq Survey Group concluded that none probably even existed at the time of the invasion.
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