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Movie review: ‘The First Grader’

Movie review: ‘The First Grader’

Based on a true story from Kenya

BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Based on a true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager who is determined to learn to read, “The First Grader” is often shamelessly manipulative, sometimes surprisingly affecting, and most of the time, uncertain of the tone it’s trying to establish.

When Maruge hears that the government has announced free primary education for everyone, he heads to the village school to register. The old man, played woodenly by former television anchorman Oliver Litondo, joins the hundreds of children trying to sign up for a small country school. Although he’s sent away, kindly at first, and then with more impatience, he won’t give up and returns over and over, even cutting his pants off at the knees when he‘s told all students must wear the same uniform. He finally finds a sympathetic listener in the young principal, Jane Obinchu (British actress Naomie Harris, from “Pirates of the Caribbean) who lets him join the class. She even allows him to sit in the front when she learns that his eyesight isn’t good enough to see the board.

 

Movie review: ‘La Princesse de Montpensier’

Movie review: ‘La Princesse de Montpensier’

A handsome historical romance

BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

As the credits roll at the end of "La Princesse de Montpensier," one expects a disclaimer: Relatively few entrails were spil...

‘City of Life and Death’ movie review: Epic film dramatizes story of The Rape of Nanking

‘City of Life and Death’ movie review: Epic film dramatizes story of The Rape of Nanking
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Most Americans know very little about the war between Japan and China that preceded World War II, but that brutal conflict colors the relationship betwee...

Maria Shriver conflicted over whether to divorce Arnold Schwarzenegger

Maria Shriver conflicted over whether to divorce Arnold Schwarzenegger
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Reports are saying that Maria Shriver has been conflicted over whether to divorce Arnold Schwarzenegger since 2009.

Shriver has moved out of the house she shared with fo...

REVIEW: ‘Sleeping Beauty Wakes’ at McCarter Theatre

REVIEW: ‘Sleeping Beauty Wakes’ at McCarter Theatre

Too much life to merely drift away

BY STUART DUNCAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. THEATER REVIEW

“Sleeping Beauty Wakes” is a modern, soft rock musical with pangs of a fairy tale that has real problems tryin...

Lauryn Hill plays tribute to Bob Marley on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

Lauryn Hill plays tribute to Bob Marley on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'
BY ALICIA CRUZ
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In honor of the 30th anniversary of legendary Jamaican singer, Bob Marley’s death, late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon hosted a weeklong tribute to the entertaine...

REVIEW: ‘Curtains’ is a roaring success at the Paper Mill Playhouse

REVIEW: ‘Curtains’ is a roaring success at the Paper Mill Playhouse
BY STUART DUNCAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
N.J. THEATER REVIEW

“Curtains” had extraordinary difficulties in reaching Broadway, not a very easy run of just over 500 performances, but newly refurbished, with a...

Chelsea Handler tells about love life

Chelsea Handler tells about love life
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey’s own Chelsea Handler says she’s been in love two times in her life, once to her former boss.

Handler’s latest book arrived in stores on Tuesday, and the comi...

Whitney Houston returns to rehab after acting out at Prince concert

Whitney Houston returns to rehab after acting out at Prince concert
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Troubled singer Whitney Houston had been banned from attending any future Prince concerts just before she admitted herself to rehab.

Houston, a New Jersey native, had go...

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