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Oranges & Sunshine, Independent World Film at Owatonna Library

Oranges & Sunshine playing at the Owatonna Public Library

Oranges & Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, England, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times: the illegal and immoral deportation of thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Australia and other countries.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Review

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sitting down with the original "Planet of the Apes" is a requirement for sci-fi exposure and a profound one at that. It's hard to imagine how audiences in 1968 reacted to the striking imagery of apes enslaving man, the shocking conclusion, and the social relevancy that went with it. Mind-blowing might be a good guess.

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Snowpiercer Review

Snowpiercer

If there's anything this Fourth of July weekend has to say concerning film (and this whole month to some extent), it's that there's usually a better alternative out there. As the arguably worst franchise in the last decade pukes about in theaters everywhere, taking up precious screens, a hidden gem lies buried in just over 150 screens nationwide.

With the proper digging, "Snowpiercer" will reveal itself to the tenacious few who search for it as cinema gold, rich in genre thrills and highly satisfying as a thoughtful alternative to robot product placement.

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Indie Film at Owatonna Public Library: Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell: Independent Films at Owatonna Public Library

Stories We Tell is an award-winning genre-twisting film by Canadian actress/director Sarah Polley who investigates the elusive truths of her family of storytellers.

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Instructions Not Included Playing at Owatonna Library

Instructions Not Included

Submitted by the City of Owatonna

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22 Jump Street Review

22 Jump Street

"Do the same thing. Everyone's happy."

From the very opening, "22 Jump Street" announces that fact that it's a sequel. Hell, it can't stop reminding us of the fact and how it intentionally sets out to repeat the outline of the first film. There are so many worse films to repeat almost verbatim than "21 Jump Street" but if you're going to take the beat-for-beat approach, cynicism can only get you so far.

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Edge of Tomorrow Review

Edge of Tomorrow

Most everyone would like to repeat a day in their lives. Almost nobody wants it to be the day they die.

Tom Cruise finds himself in the worst "Groundhog's Day" scenario ever as one fateful encounter causes him repeat a bloody battle against alien invaders until he can properly defeat the enemy. As Cruise grows more and more familiar with his options, "Edge of Tomorrow" continues to play upon our familiarity with the action genre in ways that are surprising, innovative and highly amusing.

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Maleficent Review

Maleficent

Sometimes bad guys deserve to be bad. In this case, make that bad girls. "Maleficent" is latest in the gritty fairy tale updates coming from the producer of 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Snow White and the Huntsman". If that alone doesn't speak to what's gone wrong here, then watching Disney's most fearsome villain getting her wings clipped via the humanizing treatment in an overproduced mess will.

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A Million Ways to Die in the West Review

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Astonishingly, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" is both a baseline comedy and an inside joke -- neither of which are remotely funny. Seth MacFarlane's follow up to the smash hit "Ted" promises a skewering of old west lifestyle and tropes. Instead, the film settles for having its comedic reach go no deeper than a man violently shitting in a hat for two minutes.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past review

To prevent a horrible, destructive future, the X-Men must travel back in time to fix the mistakes of the past. Ironically, not only is this the basic outline of "X-Men: Days of Future Past", it's the reality of the "X-Men" franchise exemplified by this movie. By applying a massive scale time travel story, Fox and director Bryan Singer have made a bold play to undo many of the bumps and bruises the "X-Men" movies have hit along the way.

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