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Movie review: Feel the roar of 'African Cats'

Movie review: Feel the roar of 'African Cats'
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

At the movies, keep quiet, turn off your cell phones and, most importantly, look out for the lions.

These days, big cats are on the prowl in theaters across the country. Just in time for Earth Day, Disneynature has let loose "African Cats," a family friendly documentary by Keith Scholey ("Big Cat Diary") and Alastair Fothergill.

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, this beautifully filmed if relatively mild tale follows the fates of two mothers in Kenya's Maasai Mara Reserve, a cheetah trying to raise five cubs and a nearby lioness and her cub, part of a pride living along a river.

"African Cats" follows closely in the paw prints of National Geographic's almost as sumptuous and more wrenching "The Last Lions," by the great Botswana filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, with Jeremy Irons narrating.

Here is the list of things that have improved in the past generation: cars, computers, wines, American cafés, frozen food and nature photography. Technology, research and the dedication of the practitioners mean images of the African plains now encompass far more than stunning vistas, flaming sunsets and spreading baobabs.

 

‘The Robber’ movie review and trailer: Running for your life and getting nowhere

‘The Robber’ movie review and trailer: Running for your life and getting nowhere
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

In “The Robber,” a German film about a real-life champion marathoner who moonlights as a bank robber (or vice-versa), it takes 97 minutes for the pr...

2011 Bamboozle Festival at New Meadowlands Stadium set to kick off summer concert season

2011 Bamboozle Festival at New Meadowlands Stadium set to kick off summer concert season
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

If you’re interested in hearing some of the hotter music sounds of today, and where the business might be headed in the future, look no further than the friendly confin...

REVIEW: ‘The People in the Picture’ frames a Holocaust story

REVIEW: ‘The People in the Picture’ frames a Holocaust story

Donna Murphy stars in a sorrowful musical about a Warsaw Ghetto survivor and her offspring

BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

The incomparable Donna Murphy usually can do no wrong in...

2011 Tribeca Film Festival roundup

2011 Tribeca Film Festival roundup
BY MIRIAM RINN and JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It’s another strong year at the Tribeca Film Festival, but as always, it's impossible to see everything or even almost everything in person.

With clos...

REVIEW: ‘The Normal Heart’ pounds with anger over AIDS

REVIEW: ‘The Normal Heart’ pounds with anger over AIDS

Larry Kramer drama returns in a boldly-acted revival led by Joe Mantello, Ellen Barkin and Lee Pace

BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

An angry, anguished play, “The Normal Heart” de...

REVIEW: Jersey girls raid the jukebox for ‘Baby, It’s You!’

REVIEW: Jersey girls raid the jukebox for ‘Baby, It’s You!’

The Shirelles and their unlikely Passaic mentor top the pop charts in a new Broadway bio-musical

BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

Arriving on Wednesday at the Broadhurst Theatre, t...

‘Cinema Komunisto’ brilliantly keeps Yugoslava alive on film

‘Cinema Komunisto’ brilliantly keeps Yugoslava alive on film
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A movie whose very existence confirms and deepens its point, "Cinema Komunisto" brilliantly retells the story of a country through its films.

Midway through the annua...

Preview: Third annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

Preview: Third annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival
BY MARGARET MORGAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Tickets for the third annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival , set to kick off on Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31, are now available at www.acfoodand...

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