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The Salesman: a meticulous, beautifully performed film directed by Asghar Farhadi

by Heather Parish



The Salesman mines its themes in Iranian literature and American drama, but something about its portrayal of the delicate anxiety of a relationship in the face of violence is uniquely its own. The film’s leading actors—Shahab Hosseini (Emad) and Taraneh Alidoosti (Rana)—methodically unveil their characters’ strengths and weaknesses like flowers just at the point of wilting. Director Asghar Farhadi painstakingly crafts the film so that every piece fits perfectly, from the inside out.

Zero Dark Thirty: Movie Review

by Ryne Preheim



Zero Dark Thirty is a slow-paced, political and military filled informational movie. The movie starts out in Pakistan with an interrogation scene between Dan (Jason Clarke, Public Enemies, Lawless) and an Al Qaeda informant. Into the interrogation you meet the main character of the film Maya (Jessica Chastain, The Help, Tree of Life). From this point you will follow Maya and her search for information leading to the capture or death of Osama Bin Laden.

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell: Book Review

by Amanda Hager



Ree Dolly is a 16 year old girl who acts like a mother to her two younger brothers. Set in the Ozarks, Missouri, Ree’s mother is mentally-ill and her father is almost never around. Jessup, her father, is on the run, his court date is coming up for being arrested for cooking crank, in which he has put his family’s house up for bail. Ree must find him or lose the house.

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