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Yeah, so I'm a sucker for anything Far North, for anything with sparse Arctic landscapes, and for anything involving man against the elements. Never Cry Wolf, starring Charles Martin Smith as a haples…
If you're inclined to feel put off by a film called Let God, perhaps you'd feel better about watching something called The Trail. One sounds specifically aimed at Christian audiences, while the other …
North Face promises—and delivers—all the token movie-poster exclamations: Romance! Adventure! Danger! Death! And, yes, even Nazis! Based a true story, North Face tells the tale of two Germans and two…
It's never fair to judge a children's movie by adult standards, so I'm going to consider Against the Wild from a kid's point of view, or at least from the standpoint of family viewing. When the Wade s…
You know, I don't want to say, "It serves them right," but there is something about extreme mountain climbing where when something horrible happens, I just want to say, "Well, c'mon, are you surprised…
The one-man-against-the-odds drama revolves entirely around James Franco’s terrific solo performance as Aron Ralston, the skilled but somewhat reckless rock climber whose self-preservation instincts u…
It shouldn't surprise me that books recounting the true heroic story of Ernest Shackleton's failed Antarctic expedition of 1914-1916 are becoming popular reading for corporate executives. After all, i…
Based on Marlen Haushofer's 1962 feminist novel, The Wall is a quiet mood piece, quiet, contemplative, and more than a little chilling in parts. It is also, impressively, basically a one-woman (plus d…
Someone needs to give Christian Bale a sandwich and some diet counseling. If this guy continues to gain and lose alarming amounts of poundage for movie roles (see also The Machinist), he's going to ha…
Told in flashbacks, the film follows the journey, both literal and figurative, of its titular character (Suraj Sharma), whose life in India is upended when his father (Adil Hussain) announces he’s mov…
Timothy Treadwell loved bears. He loved them so much that every summer he went to live with them in the Alaskan wilderness. He spent months on end just hanging out with them and making movies all by h…
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