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Cal Thomas: No more aid to the Palestinian Authority

...strategy is to parade the bodies of the dead before TV cameras to demonstrate Israel's "cruelty" and uncaring attitude toward innocent lives.Still, there was room for the predictable screeds against Israel. The New York Times gave space on its op-ed page...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2014-07-21/cal-thomas-no-more-aid-to-the-pal
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Noah

Now Playing Synopsis: Darren Aronofsky brings the story of Noah's Ark to the big screen with this Paramount/New Regency production. "In the beginning, there was nothing." So starts this version of the story centered on Noah (Russell Crowe), the man entrusted by God to save the innocent animals of Earth as the rising floodwaters cleansed the planet of mankind's evil. As the telling continues, we learn how Adam and Eve's sins have passed down through generations through their sons Cain and Abel, and how the descendants of their righteous sibling Seth were entrusted with defending creation. One day, while foraging in the country, a descendant of Seth, Noah, sees his father slain by a descendant of Cain. In the process, Noah's birthright is stolen from him.

Decades later, as a father of three, Noah experiences a vision foretelling the great flood that will wash over the Earth, destroying every living thing that stands on the soil. That vision leads Noah to seek out his grandfather, Methuselah, in order to understand his mission. When a second vision reveals that Noah is to construct a massive ark designed to shelter every living animal during the great flood, Noah, his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), their three sons Shem (Douglas Booth), Ham (Logan Lerman), and Japheth (Leo McHugh Carroll), and their adoptive sister Ila (Emma Watson) immediately begin construction on the vessel with the help of the Watchers, a race of angels created as beings of light, but encrusted in stone and mud and forsaken by God for their attempts to help man. Meanwhile, word of Noah's work soon reaches Tubal Cain (Ray Winstone), who gathers an army on a mission to overtake the ark, and survive the coming storm by any cost.
~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh Carroll, Nick Nolte Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Boyhood

Now Playing Synopsis: Filmed over the span of 12 years, Richard Linklater's childhood drama Boyhood allows viewers an intimate glimpse into the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a young boy navigating the winding road to adulthood. As the years go by, Mason, his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) and their parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) experience the ups and downs of family time while savoring the small yet defining moments that make each life unique. A nostalgia-fueled soundtrack featuring Coldplay and Arcade Fire takes the film back to innocent days when a song on the radio was all it took to sweep cares away. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Elijah Smith Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Oculus

Now Playing Synopsis: Two siblings haunted by a childhood tragedy learn that the source of their horror is a mysterious mirror with a dark history. Tim (Brenton Thwaites) and Kaylie (Karen Gillan) were merely teenagers when both of their parents were brutally butchered. Convicted of the killings and sentenced to protective custody, Tim serves his time while Kaylie drifts into a deep despair. Years later, a newly free Tim does his best to lay the past to rest. Meanwhile, Kaylie is certain that her brother was innocent all along, and that the antique mirror their parents used to own holds the answer to her darkest questions. Upon locating the long-lost looking glass, Kaylie's deepest fears are confirmed -- a menacing force inhabits that mirror, and it has plagued every owner who has come into possession of it. Now, as curious Kaylie reacquires the mirror, the nightmarish cycle of horror returns with a vengeance. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Katee Sackhoff, James Lafferty Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Persecuted

Now Playing Synopsis: A popular evangelist races to clear his name after being framed for murder by a U.S. senator in this topical thriller from writer/director Daniel Lusko (Riptide, Never Surrender). The winds of religious reform are blowing through the United States, but influential preacher John Luther (James Remar) is the one man who stands in the way of progress. As a result, Lusko incurs the wrath of a sinister U.S. senator, who turns the pastor into a media pariah by kidnapping him and implicating him in the murder of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, Luther plots to expose those who are exploiting the innocent girl's death for profit, and learns that America's Christian community will soon face mass persecution. Dean Stockwell and Bruce Davidson co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: James Remar, Fred Dalton Thompson, Gretchen Carlson, Dean Stockwell, Bruce Davison Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Cannibal

Opens Friday, Jul 25, 2014 Synopsis: An esteemed Spanish tailor with a taste for human flesh falls in love with a beautiful Romanian immigrant who's searching for her missing sister in this thriller from director Manuel Martín Cuenca. Carlos lives in Granada, Spain, where his talent for crafting impeccable suits has earned him an impressive list of affluent clients. What those clients don't realize is that Carlos is a killer driven by an unthinkable hunger. Carlos craves flesh, and he has no qualms about killing to satisfy his insatiable need. Despite feeling as though his gruesome double life has eroded his capacity for love, however, this cold-blooded killer begins to experience an unexpected warmth when he encounters a young Romanian woman whose twin sister has vanished without a trace. The more Carlos deceives the unsuspecting innocent, the closer they grow until there is no longer any denying the sinister secret he has hidden for so long. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Olimpia Melinte Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Need For Speed

Now Playing Synopsis: A mechanic who moonlights as an underground race-car driver strives to take the top prize in America's most prominent street race in order to have his revenge against the ambitious ex-NASCAR champ who had him framed and sent to prison. Inspired by the popular video-game franchise of the same name, Need for Speed tells the story of garage owner Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul). Desperate to keep his family-owned business afloat, Marshall forms an uncomfortable partnership with wealthy ex-NASCAR star Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). That partnership falls apart when a lucrative sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Imogen Poots) fails to pan out, and unscrupulous Brewster uses a tragic street-racing mishap to have the innocent Marshall incarcerated. Released from prison two years later, the vengeful Marshall plots to prove his mettle by winning the De Leon -- an illicit race showcasing the country's top underground talents. But getting to the De Leon will be no simple task, because not only has the ruthless Brewster put a bounty on Marshall's prized car, but the police are hot on his trail during the white-knuckle, coast-to-coast dash. Fortunately for Marshall, his loyal crew and Bonet are willing to help him get to the starting line in time for the big race. Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez, and Michael Keaton co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

In trying times, some hearts break with hope

When evil shows how hideous it truly is, when innocents are slaughtered like in the recent event at Sandy Hook Elementary...break with hope. Hope hinges on the birth of one child. An innocent born over 2000 years ago into a world filled, as ours...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/community/2012-12-20/some-hearts-break-with-hope
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The Innocents

Opens Friday, Dec 13, 2013 Synopsis: In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British governess Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) arrives at a bleak mansion to take care of Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens), the wealthy household's two children. Outwardly the children are little darlings, but the governess begins to feel that there's something unwholesome behind those beatific smiles. After several disturbing examples of the children's evil impulses, Miss Giddens gets information from the housekeeper (Megs Jenkins) that suggests that the children may be possessed by malign spirits -- or are all these events just the products of Miss Giddens's own imagination? The best and most frightening vignette in The Innocents occurs when the governess casually kisses young Miles, then recoils in horror when she realizes that someone other than Miles has kissed her back. Unlike many CinemaScope productions, The Innocents plays better in the claustrophobic confines of the TV screen. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Deborah Kerr, Megs Jenkins, Pamela Franklin, Martin Stephens, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde Movie Details Buy Tickets Movie Review

Prosecution could have been avoided with more thorough investigation

...Troopers had acted with greater diligence and professionalism, countless resources wouldn't have been wasted prosecuting an innocent man, and Raymond wouldn't have lost a year of his life awaiting trial for a crime he didn't commit.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/letters/2014-07-01/prosecution-could-have-be
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