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The New York Times is in the business of reporting the facts.  And sometimes those facts result in “based on” or “inspired by” movies that have only a homeopathic relationship to what really happened yet are marketed as though they […]

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This week’s release “Pain & Gain” opens with these words: “Unfortunately, a true story.”  Indeed, three body builders from Dade County did come up with a plot to make money by kidnapping a wealthy businessman and having him sign over […]

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This week’s release of “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson and the breaking of the color barrier in major league baseball should inspire families to learn more about this extraordinary athlete and groundbreaking figure in the early Civil Rights era. […]

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This week’s release, “The Sapphires,” tells the story of a 60’s girl group from Australia that toured Viet Nam to perform for American military.  It is based on a play written by Tony Briggs, the son of one of the […]

To promote the Blu-Ray/DVD release next week of the Oscar nominated “Argo,” there is a new feature called “Argo: Declassified – A special in-depth look at the real events that inspired the film directed by Ben Affleck. Own Argo on […]

In “Chasing Mavericks,” Gerard Butler plays real-life surfing legend Richard “Frosty” Hesson, who was approached by kid named Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) who wanted some guidance in becoming a better surfer.  They both wanted to surf the gigantic waves off […]

Tony Mendez, played by Ben Affleck in Argo, tells Errol Morris what happened: You can see the entire interview in Errol Morris’ First Person – The Complete Series, available on Netflix and Amazon.

The employees of the US embassy in Iran were taken hostage in 1979, but six escaped and were hidden by the Canadian ambassador and his wife.  A CIA “exfiltration” expert worked with the Canadian government and some Hollywood talent to […]

This week’s romantic drama, “The Vow” starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, is based on the real-life story of a newlywed whose memory was wiped out in an injury and the patience and devotion of her husband in staying with […]

The new Cameron Crowe movie starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson is based on a true story about a real family that bought a real zoo. Damon’s character is based on author Benjamin Mee (shown here with Damon), who wrote […]