The Silver Bullet ~ Blackfish

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SynopsisBlackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a notoriously aggressive orca that killed three people while in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite uses shocking footage and emotional interviews to present a convincing case against keeping these wild animals.

Release Date:  July 19, 2013

Thoughts: Look, I had a Shamu stuffed animal like most children that visited Sea World but it’s become clear thanks to reports over the last decade that animals kept in captivity demonstrate behavior not seen in the wild.  After a rash of accidents/deaths related to Orcas, there’s a new spotlight shone on the consequences we pay for entertainment in these theme parks.  I’ve a feeling this is going to be a hard film to watch but like the Oscar winning documentary The Cove (about the slaughter of dolphins for food) it’s probably one that’s important for everyone considering a trip to take in…especially if you’re considering a trip to Sea World.

The Silver Bullet ~ Last Vegas

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Synopsis: Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

Release Date:  November 1, 2013

Thoughts: Headlined by four Oscar winners, Last Vegas is a movie your mom will probably ask you to take her to.   That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it says something about the type of film this will end up being…a matinee crowd pleaser for those of a certain age that have worn out their copies of Grumpy Old Men on VHS.  I’m an old soul at heart and a fan of the four men so I’ll overlook this unremarkable trailer and try to focus on the positives here…most notably being Morgan Freeman (Oblivion, Now You See Me) cutting loose near the end of the preview.