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Deadline

Alice (Brittany Murphy), an artist recovering from a psychological breakdown, retreats to a remote Victorian house to convalesce and focus on finishing her screenplay in time for a fast approaching deadline. When she begins hearing strange sounds and seeing apparitions, Alice searches for the source, only to find disturbing videotapes in the attic. Fascinated by her discovery, Alice digs deeper to uncover the mysterious story of the couple (Thora Birch and Marc Blucas) on the tapes, sending her on a twisting and terrifying pursuit to find out what is behind the endless mind games.

MPAA Rating: R for some violence and disturbing images

Cast: Brittany Murphy, Thora Birch and Tammy Blanchard

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Deadline was originally published on Divine Aim

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Lost in Religion

“I’d choose Christianity”, Marc’s aunt tells him, her hands moving expressively, her eyes full of earnestness. “Not because I’m Christian myself, but because your child will grow up in this society”. Unfortunately choosing a religion if you are not religious is not so simple, as Marc finds out when he consults Father Lipke of the Catholic Re-entry Office in Munich. “Children can tell if their parents don’t identify with the religion, so parents shouldn’t do that”. That’s just what Marc was afraid of, having to embrace the religion of his children, “Isn’t there an easier way?”

So Marc turns to the rest of his family, looking for guidance on all things spiritual. However, none of them are willing to offer him an easy answer. “If you say all directions are okay, you give them the chance to have one”, his sister the Shaman tells him. How very Zen, but will every direction really be okay for Marc’s children? His Catholic mother-in-law says there is at least one path they shouldn’t take. “That overly pious Catholic attitude is not for me”, she’d prefer them to be Protestant.

Confounded by his family he must turn to the professionals. Pastor Barry Sloan has a simple answer for him, “God gives life meaning”, but for Marc that’s just a little too glib, he wants something more tangible, an experience. “Through Yoga I found a new concept of the divine”, says the Yoga teacher of his sound technician. “Proof of God is bound to your own consciousness, you have to make that shift happen”, he extols but unfortunately for Marc deep meditation proves something of a challenge. “Ten minutes without thinking about daily problems … I can’t manage it”.

Despite his religious journey, Marc can’t quite embrace any god. But he is willing to support his children in whatever faith they choose and hopes they might one day shed light on the mysteries of the unknown. “I’ll refrain from caustic remarks and if my kids ‘get religion’ some day, maybe they can help me get it too”.

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Lost in Religion was originally published on Divine Aim

Calling All Earthlings

A 1950’s Howard Hughes employee-confidante, George Van Tassel, uses alleged alien guidance and Nikola Tesla’s ideas to build a time machine –The Integratron. Is he deluded, or could it actually work? As waves of devotees join him in the California desert, the FBI gets involved fearing insurrection and possibly more. Nearing completion, Van Tassel’s tale and the Integratron meet an unexpected end: the “workings” of the dome finally emerge. The unusual story is told by historians, astronomers and current residents of Joshua Tree, including the stewards of the Integratron, the Karl Sisters, and a galaxy of believers and skeptics alike.

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Calling All Earthlings was originally published on Divine Aim

To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday

David Lewis (Gallagher) has the perfect marriage. He adores his gorgeous wife, Gillian. They spend hours strolling the beaches of Nantucket Island sharing their hopes and dreams. There is only one problem: Gillian died two years ago. Torn by grief, David has been fixating on her spirit. Now he must let go of his fantasies of Gillian without losing his love for her. © 1996 Triumph Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday was originally published on Divine Aim

Bloodsport

Jean-Claude Van Damme makes his starring debut in the aptly titled Bloodsport. An American soldier at large in Hong Kong, Van Damme becomes involved in the Kumite (also spelled Kumatai), a highly illegal kickboxing competition. Whoever survives the bout will be crowned Kumite champion of the world-a title that has plenty of challengers with homicide in their hearts. The finale offers a duel to the death (or near-death) between Van Damme and reigning Kumite king Bolo Yeung. The script is based on the real-life exploits of martial arts champ Frank Dux (who serves as the film’s fight coordinator). Denied such niceties as production values, Bloodsport scores big-time in the violent action department.

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Bloodsport was originally published on Divine Aim

An American Tail

All aboard for America! Join the adventures of an adorable mouse named Fievel in this heart-warming “tail” of following your heart. Fievel and his family have grand hopes for their new homeland “where the streets are lined with cheese” when he is accidentally lost at sea. Determined to reunite with his loved ones, the brave little mouse embarks on a huge adventure through the streets of New York, meeting unexpected friends every step of the way. Featuring the voice talents of Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Plummer, it’s a family-friendly treat from Steven Spielberg and director Don Bluth (The Land Before Time).

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An American Tail was originally published on Divine Aim

Tim’s Vermeer

Tim’s Vermeer, directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame. Produced by Teller’s stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’) manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? Jenison’s epic research project ultimately succeeds as he uses 17th century technology — lenses and mirrors — to develop a technique that might have been used by Vermeer, supporting a theory as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney; and eventually even to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen’s Vermeer.

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Tim’s Vermeer was originally published on Divine Aim