Author Archive: Caress Thirus

Caress is a grad student from Chicago who has a deep fascination with film. Her love for movies began as an undergraduate at Roosevelt University, where her teacher suggested she write a movie review. Caress' favorite genres include indie dramas, foreign films, experimental films, and psychological thrillers. When she's not watching movies, Caress enjoys writing, photography, travel, fashion and music.

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In Short Supply: Small Farmers and the Struggle to Deliver Healthy Food to Your Plate

In Short Supply: Small Farmers and the Struggle to Deliver Healthy Food to Your Plate

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

“There’s a lot of people who don’t know where their produce comes from. They think it comes from Wal-Mart in the grocery section.” Those are the scary and true words spoken by tomato farmer Sherilyn Shephard. She and her brother, Ricky Horton, run the century-old, family-owned farm in Scott County, Virginia. A lot of the […]

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He’s Mine, Not Yours

He’s Mine, Not Yours

| December 5, 2011

He’s Mine, Not Yours is an independent and deliciously cheesy romantic comedy. It’s sure to pose as a guilty pleasure for even the most distinguished moviegoers for years to come. Brooke and Kent have been dating for four years. They joke around with each other, confide in each other, and spend time together like an […]

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Cars 2

Cars 2

| December 4, 2011

Don’t for a minute try to compare Cars 2 to its predecessor. After the loss of two key men who lent their voices to characters in the first movie (George Carlin and Paul Newman), the guys down at Pixar still felt the need to make a sequel to the first film. The result is kind […]

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

Inside Hana’s Suitcase

| December 3, 2011

Inside Hana’s Suitcase is the incredible story of a young girl named Hana and her brother George’s trek through the concentration camps during the holocaust, and of a woman’s journey to learn more about them. When Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Center in Japan, receives a suitcase in the mail that still […]

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Becoming Santa

Becoming Santa

| December 2, 2011

From the studio that brought you the lighthearted and hilarious romantic comedy Mark of Love comes Becoming Santa, a heartwarming documentary sure to put any scrooge into the Christmas spirit. After the loss of his parents fairly close to the holiday season, Jack Sanderson’s Christmas spirit was gone. The holiday became a time of tragedy […]

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Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

| November 15, 2011

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) is Robert Rodriguez’s attempt to make a comeback on the successful franchise that dominated the 2000s. Unfortunately, the higher budget, new characters, and distance between this movie and the last one make it seem disconnected. It doesn’t look like the old Spy Kids movies; the cinematography […]

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Nora’s Will

Nora’s Will

| November 12, 2011

Nora’s Will (2008) is a film that explores the clash of realism and religion when death rears its ugly head. After the death of his Orthodox Jewish ex-wife Nora (Silvia Mariscal), atheist Jose Kurtz (Fernando Lujan) is faced with a dilemma. Because she died the day before Passover, and because Jewish law requires that the […]

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Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights Big Dreams

Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights Big Dreams

| November 10, 2011

From the pop-rock inspired theme song to the emphatic cheers accompanying every little accomplishment, it’s immediately obvious to whom Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights Big Dreams is targeted. The high-pitched voices, flowery fields, and abundance of pink immediately rule out a certain demographic. The three episodes included on the DVD are chock full of adventure, as […]

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Hoax for the Holidays

Hoax for the Holidays

| October 30, 2011

Casey McMullan (Martha McIsaac) is the only atheist in the small, Catholic town of Nately. As the Christmas season draws near, she tries with all of her might to distance herself from the holiday cheer and spirituality that normally takes over the town during the holidays. One day, in a fit of rage, Casey throws […]

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Justice

Justice

| October 23, 2011

It takes a determined person with a passion for life to turn a city around, and sometimes rules and restrictions set by authorities just get in the way. Judge Patrick Coburn (Robert Pugh) is an enthusiastic judge in the town of Liverpool. He believes that “It’s better to be effective than popular,” and this view […]