The Wailing PG A stranger arrives in a little village and soon after a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman is drawn into the incident and is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter. The Legend of Tarzan PG Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. The Infiltrator R A U. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Blood Father R An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
The Purge: Election Year R Years after sparing the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV PG King Regis, who oversees the land of Lucis, commands his army of soldiers to protect the kingdom from the Niflheim empire's plans to steal the sacred crystal which gives Lucis its magic and power. Ithaca PG With his older brother off to war, fourteen-year-old telegram messenger Homer Macauley comes of age in the summer of The Innocents PG In Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.
Swiss Army Man R A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home. Cell R When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.
The Shallows PG A mere yards from shore, surfer Nancy is attacked by a great white shark, with her short journey to safety becoming the ultimate contest of wills. Warcraft: The Beginning PG As an Orc horde invades the planet Azeroth using a magic portal, a few human heroes and dissenting Orcs must attempt to stop the true evil behind this war. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates R Two hard-partying brothers place an online ad to find the perfect dates for their sister's Hawaiian wedding.
Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves out-hustled by an uncontrollable duo. Free State of Jones R A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising R When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down. Copeland and Perry deliver a knockout blow in this electrifying thriller that crackles with edge-of-your-seat suspense. Ma Ma R In the aftermath of a tragedy a woman, Magda, reacts with a surge of newfound life that engulfs her circle of family and friends. Popstar- Never stop never stopping R When it becomes clear that his solo album is a failure, a former boy band member does everything in his power to maintain his celebrity status.
Marauders R When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents dig deeper into the case - and the deadly heists continue - it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play. The Conjuring 2 R Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.
Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets the building's eccentric tenants: Charlotte Miller , his upstairs neighbor and bohemian single mother; Wilder Evans , a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife Helen Moss ; and Mr.
Royal Irons , the enigmatic architect who designed the building. Life seems like paradise to the solitude-seeking Laing. But as power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, particularly on the lower floors, the regimented social strata begins to crumble and the building becomes a battlefield in a literal class war. This time he wants to cause a major population disruption within the USA which result in devastating consequences reverberating throughout the world. Bill brings with him all the freak-in havoc and acidity of the previous 2 movies.
But when he arrives for the fight, he learns he's been tricked into becoming the target of a human hunt. Carrying only water and a ruby-filled money belt for the last person standing, Wes must outsmart the heavily armed group that has paid to kill him. As he fights for his life in the treacherous jungle terrain, the hunters become the hunted. Urge R A weekend getaway takes a dangerous turn when a mysterious nightclub owner Pierce Brosnan introduces a group of friends to a new designer drug.
Stripped of their inhibitions, they start living out their wildest fantasies - but what starts out as a fun night of partying quickly turns deadly, as the island paradise deteriorates into a tropical madhouse. Scott Fitzgerald and others. The Darkness PG A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival. Me Before You PG A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of.
The Nice Guys R A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a porn star in s Los Angeles. The Huntsman Winter's War PG Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna. Maggie's Plan R Maggie's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette. But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do you do when you suspect your man and his ex wife are actually perfect for each other?
Keanu R Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. Traded NR In the s western "Traded", a father must leave his ranch for Dodge City to save his daughter from an old enemy, putting his reputation as the fastest draw in the west to the test. Fathers and Daughters R A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to.
The Trust R A pair of cops investigating a drug invasion stumble upon a mysterious bank vault. The American Side PG Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by enigmatic scientist, Nikola Tesla. The Bronze R A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status reluctantly trains a rising Olympics aspirant. Up against an unyielding bureaucracy and disinterested workers, she is pushed to her breaking point: with her son in tow, she attempts to fight the system.
A hologram For the King R A failed American sales rep looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company's product to a wealthy monarch. Meet the Blacks R As Carl Black gets the opportunity to move his family out of Chicago in hope of a better life, their arrival in Beverly Hills is timed with that city's annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours. The Lobster R In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Louder Than Bombs R The fractious family of a father and his two sons confront their different feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer. When battles with the enemy lead to snipers being killed by a ghost shooter who knows their exact location, tensions boil as a security breach is suspected. Is there someone working with the enemy on the inside? Is the mission a front for other activity? Is the Colonel pulling the strings?
Hardcore Henry R Henry is resurrected from death with no memory, and he must save his wife from a telekinetic warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers. I Am Wrath R A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer.
The Boss R A titan of industry is sent to prison after she's caught insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America's latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget. Barbershop: The Next Cut PG As their surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, the crew at Calvin's Barbershop come together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood.
Green Room R A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar. Everybody Wants Some!! R A group of college baseball players navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. A Perfect Day R A group of aid workers work to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone.
Hung Louis Koo , the mastermind behind a crime syndicate. When the operation goes sour, and the undercover cops are betrayed, Kit disappears without a trace. Uncle Wah Simon Yam defies the order from his commanding officer and tracks Kit to a prison in Thailand. Thai Police officer Chai Tony Jaa becomes a prison guard in order to raise money for his daughter who has leukemia.
He's assigned to keep an eye on Kit. Even though Chai and Kit are in opposing positions and they don't speak a common language, Kit turns out to be a suitable bone marrow donor who can save Chai's daughter. While Chai is determined to keep Kit alive, the warden Ko Zhang Jin wants him dead to ensure the smooth operation of the prison, which is the front for Mr Hung's organ trafficking business.
Mr Hung shows up in Thailand so he can use his younger brother's Jun Kung heart in a heart transplant to save his own life. The stage is set for a showdown Miracles from Heaven PG A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. The Dresser NR A drama, based on a successful play, about an ageing actor and his personal assistant. Andron R A group of people are plunged into a dark, claustrophobic maze, where they must fight to survive, as the outside world watches.
The Family Fang R A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared. Term Life R A guy wanted around town by various hit men hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter. The Adderall Diaries R As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott's cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts.
Not long into the trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant's friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders though not the murder of Reiser's wife. Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon they share a BDSM social circle , makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas. Rubio takes him to his bosses, but during the miles-long drive, they slowly befriend.
I Saw the Light R The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life. Eye in the Sky R Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
Precious Cargo R A crime boss tries to make off with loot that belongs to another thief. Anesthesia R Multiple lives intersect in the aftermath of the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. Midnight Special PG A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it. The Brothers Grimsby R A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.
Embrace of the Serpent NR The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Get a Job R Life after college graduation is not exactly going as planned for Will and Jillian who find themselves lost in a sea of increasingly strange jobs. But with help from their family, friends and coworkers they soon discover that the most important and hilarious adventures are the ones that we don't see coming.
Gridlocked R Former SWAT leader David Hendrix and hard-partying movie star Brody Walker must cut their ride-along short when a police training facility is attacked by a team of mercenaries. Hello, My Name Is Doris R A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity. The Asian Connection R Two American expatriates, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gang's vengeance.
When Sam is killed, Jack turns to the love of his life, Pom, and the couple becomes a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde that takes the fight to the gang. Anomalisa R A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary. Every Thing Will Be Fine NR One day, driving aimlessly around the outskirts of town after a trivial domestic quarrel, a writer named Tomas accidentally hits and kills a child.
Will he be able to move on? The Confirmation PG Eight year old Anthony is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad Walt while his mom Bonnie and her new husband Kyle go to a Catholic retreat together. Walt is just as uneasy about spending time with Anthony, especially since their first day together is a series of characteristically unfortunate events, including his truck breaking down, his landlord locking him out of the house, and the theft of his toolbox, which he needs for an upcoming job.
As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guy who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become. Hail, Caesar! PG A Hollywood fixer in the s works to keep the studio's stars in line. The Other Side of the Door R After her young son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual which will bring him back to say goodbye, but when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death.
Touched With Fire R Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition. The Colony NR A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from. Meanwhile back in Denmark Claus' wife Maria Tuva Novotny is trying to hold everyday life together with a husband at war and three children missing their father.
During a routine mission, the soldiers are caught in heavy crossfire and in order to save his men, Claus makes a decision that has grave consequences for him - and his family back home. Zootopia PG In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Gods of Egypt PG Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Seth, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies PG Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies. Race PG Jesse Owens' quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. How to Be Single R There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then And Robin.
New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun. Kindergarten Cop 2 PG Assigned to recover sensitive stolen data, a gruff FBI agent goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher, but the school's liberal, politically correct environment is more than he bargained for.
Southbound R Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway. Orange Is the New Black season 3 TV-MA The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.
The Witch R A family in s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive. Mustang PG When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.
The rescue mission is a success, but Jake, separated after a firefight with the enemy, stays behind to help an injured soldier. Sergeant Vic Mosby desperately tries to convince Lieutenant Colonel Jackson Dale Dye to let him go back and save the soldiers, but is ordered on a mission to retrieve a truckload of munitions which could be vital for the military base.
In direct violation of orders, Vic and his Special Ops Team decide to head back to the village to rescue the stranded soldiers. Outnumbered and out gunned, Vic and his men engage in a massive shootout against the enemy, while Jake uses his expert skills to help save them all from certain death. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Hyena Road R Three different men, three different worlds, three different wars - all stand at the intersection of modern warfare - a murky world of fluid morality where all is not as it seems.
Joy PG Joy is the story of the title character, who rose to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Hostile Border R Raised in the U. Speaking no Spanish and lost in her foreign "homeland," she reluctantly takes refuge at her estranged father's cattle ranch. As she clashes with her unyielding father, her attempts to return to the U. Caught between her father's sermons, Ricky's promises, and the encroaching military, Claudia must navigate a tightrope of impossible choices.
The Choice PG Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota. Jane Got a Gun R A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.
Son of Saul R In the horror of Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. Krampus PG A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home. Backtrack R Psychologist Peter Bower's life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers a strange secret about his patients. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right. Backtrack is a spine-chilling story from the acclaimed writer-director, Michael Petroni.
Norm of the North PG When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland. Fifty Shades of Black R An inexperienced college student meets a wealthy businessman whose sexual practices put a strain on their relationship. Assassin NR Ruthless killer for hire Danny Dyer breaks the rules of his profession and falls for a beautiful young woman. The Lady in the Van PG A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway.
Misconduct R When an ambitious young lawyer takes on a big case against a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company, he soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption. Ip Man 3 PG When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun NR A secretary takes her boss's car for the holiday in the Mediteranean, oddly retracing a journey she has not taken, and is recognized by people she has not met before. When a body turns up in her trunk, things get serious. About Scott G A rebellious Goth girl embarks on a road trip across Texas with a suicidal young man in an effort to find her little sister.
Victoria NR A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Pay Back R Two worlds collide when a Triad leader and a taxi driver form an unlikely partnership. Now, they need to work together in order to survive.
Riot NR Copper Jack Stone purposefully orchestrates a bank robbery in order to be thrown into prison with the notorious Russian kingpin Balam. Balam is more than just a mob criminal; he's a very cunning and dangerous lord who controls the police force from behind bars. Balam lives in prison as a cover for his real power, which is King of the city. His cell is a lavish private room built specifically for him, inaccessible to most in the depths of the prison structure.
Even the warden fears venturing into his area of the prison. However, even surrounded by his loyal henchmen and guards in his sectioned off fortress, Balam doesn't know Jack is coming for him to avenge his family, who Balam murdered in cold blood. Balam is tough Stealing Cars R A rebellious teenager navigates his way through the juvenile court system. Point Break PG A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists.
Exposed R A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner's death. The mysterious case reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman. Forsaken R Kiefer and Donald Sutherland share the screen in this brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.
Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. But his plans turn upside down when the biological father, Dusty Mayron, returns. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.
Meanwhile a forgotten race, bent on destruction, return after thousands of years in the North. Sisters R Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home. The Big Short R Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mids, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. Brooklyn PG An Irish immigrant lands in s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
The Benefactor NR A philanthropist meddles in the lives of newly-married couples in an attempt to relive his past. In the Heart of the Sea PG A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in , an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick. Victor Frankenstein PG Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.
Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Miss You Already PG The friendship between two life-long girlfriends is put to the test when one starts a family and the other falls ill. Legend R The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the s. Ratter R Emma, a graduate student living alone in NYC, is being watched by a stalker who hacks into the technology that surrounds her - laptop, cell phone, and other web connected devices.
This obsession continues to grow as the hacker records Emma's most intimate moments. When the thrill of watching isn't enough, the situation escalates to a dangerous and terrifying level. Don Verdean PG A self-professed biblical archaeologist who has fallen on hard times starts to bend the truth in order to continue inspiring the faithful.
A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions throughout the globe. The Leftovers Season TV-MA Revolves around mysterious disappearances, world-wide, and specifically follows a group of people who are left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton. They must begin to rebuild their lives after the loss of more than million people.
When his son learns there is no plan for his father to be saved, he launches his own rescue operation. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, and temptation everywhere, Laney makes one last desperate attempt at redemption. My All American PG Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.
Secret in Their Eyes PG A tight-knit team of rising investigators, along with their supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. Criminal Activities NR Four young men make a risky investment together that puts them in trouble with the mob.
The 33 PG Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days. Steve Jobs R Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in with the unveiling of the iMac.
Trumbo R In , Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Crimson Peak R In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.
Love the Coopers PG When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Freaks of Nature R In the town of Dillford, humans, vampires and zombies were all living in peace - until the alien apocalypse arrived. Now three teenagers-one human, one vampire, and one zombie-have to team up to figure out how to get rid of the visitors.
Grandma R A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter. The Last Witch Hunter PG The last witch hunter is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.
Big Stone Gap PG In a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, self-proclaimed spinster Ave Maria Mulligan finds her life shaken up and forever changed after learning a long-buried family secret. Show Me a Hero TV-MA Yonkers' Mayor Nick Wasicsko takes offices in and has to deal with the serious subject of the building of public housing in the white, middle class side of the town.
Our Brand Is Crisis R A battle-hardened American political consultant is sent to help re-elect a controversial president in Bolivia, where she must compete with a long-term rival working for another candidate. Infinitely Polar Bear R A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.
American Hero NR Melvin, a reluctant Superhero, lives only for crime, women and drugs - until he realises that the only way he will ever get to see his estranged son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter. Freeheld PG New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
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Man Up R A single woman takes the place of a stranger's blind date, which leads to her finding the perfect boyfriend. The Rise of the Krays R Two brothers unleash a psychotic reign of terror on their journey to build an empire of unprecedented power in the British Mafia. Suffragette PG The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. The Prophet PG Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa's words will incite rebellion.
Meet the Patels PG An Indian-American man who is about to turn 30 gets help from his parents and extended family to start looking for a wife in the traditional Indian way. A Brilliant Young Mind PG A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
He cleans up and returns to London, determined to redeem himself by spearheading a top restaurant that can gain three Michelin stars. Goosebumps PG A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. Samba R Samba migrated to France ten years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burn-out.
Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives. Samba's willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track until fate draws them together. Everest PG A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm. Learning to Drive R As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own.
In each other's company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel. The Intern PG year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. Woodlawn PG A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. Irrational Man R A tormented philosophy professor finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension R Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Sinister 2 R A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.
Hotel Transylvania 2 PG Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. One way, one very easy way, that we can show that we care for each other is to enter with others into the same vivid and vital conversation we enter into with ourselves. In other words, do our soul searching together. Because the process of soul searching can be a lonely experience.
Yet it need not be. When a person enters into soul searching, that person can change. And when a group enters into soul searching together, that group can change. And when a whole society enters into soul searching together, that entire society can change. Soon the collective culture of many societies changes. Then, the World Entire. It is obviously not the only form, but it can be a powerful form. It is a form so powerful that it can transform a person, a group, a society, a culture, and a world. Nor are you required to do it in a particular way. You can do this work with your individual soul, or you can do it with your individual soul and with the collective souls of others.
The choice is yours. How do you work with your soul? Fair questions. No one teaches this stuff in high school. Very little is written about it. But we are going to here. So stick around for that. Can I ask you what may seem like an insolent question? What is the basis of all of this for you? You keep talking about seven simple questions. Where did they come from? What makes them so magical for you? So thanks for letting me explain. Just over a decade and a half ago I had an experience in which I was inspired by The Divine. I wrote a book about it, called Conversations with God.
That book created a global spiritual publishing phenomenon, selling over a million copies, being translated into 35 languages, and remaining on the New York Times Bestseller list for weeks. During the time since then, eight other books in this ongoing dialogue have been released, six of those also making the Times Bestseller list. I am not telling you this to boast. God has brought a life-changing message to our world and, given the combined sales of all the CWG books and the hand-to-hand sharing of them, millions of people have been touched by it.
There is a reason for this. It did not happen by chance. The Overhaul of Humanity remember that definition—Overhaul: a comprehensive examination and repair of something is underway, and I believe that the sudden appearance of the CWG material is all a part of that. Does this mean that I am somehow a messiah?
It means that we all are. For the most important, the most prominent, and the most repeated message of Conversations with God is that all of us are having conversations with God all the time. Indeed, to claim to have had personal contact directly from God is considered by many to be blasphemy. Yet throughout human history women and men have experienced moments of deep connection with the heart and the source and the essence of life, by whatever name we call it, and across the span of time ordinary people have had extraordinary awakenings leading to both percipience and prescience.
Now it is time for all of us to claim that, and for a new conversation to take place. A conversation that proceeds from our conversations with God. Now it is time for us to have the conversation with ourselves that I just spoke of. And then, for all of us to have conversations with each other. For everywhere we turn today people are looking for wisdom, searching for clarity, seeking solutions, trying to figure out just what went wrong with us that we would now be acting the way we are acting—killing and maiming each other, ignoring the desperate needs of our fellow humans in spite of our basic impulse to care for each other, ruining our planet in spite of the fact that we say we love it, reaching, reaching, reaching endlessly for Bigger, Better, More while hundreds of thousands revolt because they have never had what others have right now.
But they must be real dialogues, not simply the pontifications of those who think they have something important to say. They must be openings to mutual understanding, then mutual creation. Okay, the daring stuff starts now. I offer here a series of inquiries that it is going to take courage to engage. It will take courage because the only answers people can offer are unsettling—no matter what those answers might be.
The questions themselves are just simply upsetting. Enough already with the way things are. We have seen literally hundreds of uprisings and revolutions across our history, including the Fall of the Roman Empire, the First of the Wars of Scottish Independence, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the revolution in India, the Boer Revolt, revolutions all over South America, the European Revolutions of , the revolutions in modern Hungary, in Yugoslavia, in Haiti, the dissolution of the Soviet Union by ….
This is a tiny portion of a list that goes on and on and on…and ON. What do you imagine has been causing all of this? Why do you think it never ends? And what do you think could make it end? And I can also tell you how to make it end, with One Final Revolution. What has been causing all of this for so long is that…. Human beings have been clear for a very long time that the way life has been constructed on this planet by those in power is not the way it was intended to be lived.
And so, since forever— for centuries and millennia —people on every spot on the globe have been agitating. Their agitations have continued right up to this present day. Even as this is being written, people in many places on earth are still saying No! They have been dying for it.
But we are ready now, as a global community, for that dying to stop. This is a revolution that will not ask people to die, but will simply ask people to inquire. It will invite people to make inquiries of themselves and others that could change everything in such a huge way that, finally , future violent revolutions may never again be necessary. I like to place them into two groups. They are genuine inquiries, being asked and you must ask them sincerely, with purity of heart, not out of righteousness, not out of argumentativeness.
And they are placed here gently, softly, for I recognize that most human beings, for all the reasons given earlier, are not comfortable discussing these things. Should that happen, as far as the power structure is concerned The Game is Over. Life as we have been living is history, and this will be the end of it. The following inquiries, made in the depth of our own soul, and used by us to invite others into their own soul searching, could change the world.
How is it possible that 6. Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about life, the understanding of which would change everything? Is it possible that there is something we do not fully understand about ourselves , about our own life and its purpose, the understanding of which would shift our reality and alter our experience for the better, forever? These are powerful questions.
They deserve answers. They at least deserve being asked. Yet are great numbers of people asking them? Are politicians? Presidents and prime ministers, kings and heads of state? Religious figures? Not many. Military generals and admirals? Leaders of business and industry? Ordinary people at their dinner table? Well, yes, possibly. Beginning now. Ordinary people like you and I will now be asking these questions all over the planet. I do not believe that one can ignore these questions and rapidly evolve.
None of us can. This is the situation with most people on the earth today. And by the way, I answer them daily. Sometimes during the day as events transpire. Used in this way, these questions are not only in formative, they are trans formative. And the first of these four is the real key. It unlocks everything. It invites us to look deeply at the biggest mystery, the mystery of our own identity. I mean our identity in the cosmos. Where do you conceive of yourself as being? That is, what is this place in which we experience our existence?
How do you conceive of it? How do you hold it in your reality? I am speaking here of how you hold it conceptually, yes? Is it a place of learning, a school? Do you experience it as a place of testing, an examination room? Is it a place of proving or contesting or competing, like a giant racetrack or an athletic field, where some are winners and some are losers? Do you have no conceptual reference point for this space, and truly conceive of it only as a physical location in a larger system of planets whizzing around a star?
And absent such a framework, those experiences themselves felt essentially meaningless. No different from those of a fly or an ant. I felt that I was simply a more sophisticated life form. I had a life expectancy and, barring unforeseen circumstances, I knew I would be here for x amount of time, but what is this place? Why am I where I am? Why am I not somewhere else? What is the purpose of my being in this time and place? Is there a purpose? Who would give it one? That is, decide what their answer is, out of pure intention.
In this way they live their life from Intention rather than living their life by default. A life lived by default is a life lived according to the Default Responses of the majority of people on the earth. I hope that none of you ever again chooses to live your life like that. Most of us have lived at least portions of our lives in this way, but we never have to again if we do not want to.
This leads to the final question. Not just the final question in this series of seven, but what could be, metaphorically, The Final Important Question of Life: Having given your answers to all the other questions, you are invited to decide, What do you intend to do about that? This is always the final question in life. In every situation, in every circumstance, in every moment that our experience presents, the question always and forever is: What do I intend to do about that?
This is the fuel that drives the engine of creation in your life. It is important to understand that life is nothing but energy. It is energy organized. And who does the organizing? We do. Surprisingly, the answer is… us. Life is pure energy that circles back into itself.
That is, life is a self-fueling, self-sustaining, self-determining, and self-creating process. It depends on itself, relies on itself, looks to itself to tell itself what the next expression of itself shall be. This is true universally, it is true globally, it is true nationally, it is true locally, and it is true individually. It is merely a matter of proportion. And so we see the Universe deciding about itself in this way, our planet deciding about itself in this way, our nation deciding about itself in this way, our own city or community deciding about itself in this way, and our own person deciding about itself in this way.
Life informs Life about Life through the process of Life Itself. At the most personal level, your information creates you, in formation. You are constantly forming and reforming yourself, shaping and reshaping yourself, creating and recreating yourself anew. Indeed, the function of life is to recreate yourself anew in each golden moment of Now, in the next grandest version of the greatest vision ever you held about Who You Are. All of humanity is engaged in this process. We are doing it politically, we are doing it economically, we are doing it culturally, we are doing it racially, we are doing it socially, we are doing it sexually, we are doing it spiritually.
This is what God is doing. God is recreating Itself anew in the single and only moment called Now—and life is God, doing this. Life is God, expressing Itself in an endless multiplicity of forms. You are one of the forms of God.
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And thus, Gods…in formation. Perk up ears is one thing. Change the world is another. Is that what this whole thing is all about? I sure was expecting more than that. But can I tell you something? And we are talking here about The Conversation of the Century. And conversations around these trenchant questions could ignite a global movement generating enormous social developments that really could change the world. Let me share something here from Margaret J.
This is a globally known consultant on organizational behavior. She received her doctorate from Harvard University, holds an M. In other words, Meg Wheatley knows her way around. In a article in Utne Reader, Ms. Before there were classrooms, meetings or group facilitators, there were people sitting around talking. We can also take courage in the fact that many people are longing to converse again. We are hungry for a chance to talk. People want to tell their stories, and are willing to listen to yours. We are awakening an ancient practice, a way of being gathered that all humans intimately understand.
You know something? We did that in the Sixties. We were very serious in those days. We were thinking of our children, we were concerned about the planet, we were doing sit-ins, we rallied together and marched, we were thinking seven generations ahead…and we talked and talked and talked.
There absolutely is more polarization in society today than ever before. What you did in the Sixties led to this. Oh, great. You and many others in the Sixties generation helped to bring about the End of an Era. Polarization is the natural result of that. It is the signal that the era is actually coming to an end. This ending of the era may not have happened as fast as you would have liked 40 years ago, but make no mistake, that was the impetus that got the snowball rolling downhill.
And now we have an avalanche. So yes, many of us older folks did talk and talk in the Sixties. We sat around in circles and gabbed our heads off, sometimes until the sun came up. It takes a long time to turn a big ship around. Such powerful and widespread activation and mobilization would have been utterly impossible in the Sixties. But now our little conversations can get big; our community-based conversations can go global.
And we have even more people joining with us. We have the younger ones. We have the folks in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. Now imagine all of us getting in on the act. Suddenly a conversation with four or six people can turn into a conversation with four or six hundred. What we did in the Sixties was a good start. As I said, no reach on that scale could have been envisioned by anyone but major television networks and print media moguls in the Sixties. Today the power of mass communication has been harnessed by the masses themselves. And that is the difference. But do you really think that a simple invitation to have a conversation, even in this day and age of electronic connection, can draw million people into a dialogue?
If Facebook can attract million to talk about what they had for breakfast, half that number can surely be motivated to talk about things that actually matter. All it will take to rewrite our Cultural Story is the reaching of critical mass in the energies around the idea.
People hold some pretty strong beliefs. And it all stems from those first two thoughts: that God is separate from us and that we are separate from each other. Of course God is separate from us. What do you think, that God is the same as we are? I had this actual conversation on talk radio recently.
I responded… We seem to have a different view of who and what God is, you and I. How does the belief that God is great, God is good, cause humanity misery? I believe that humans could experience themselves as being as great and as good as God is, if they only stopped telling themselves that they cannot. We cannot be as great and as good as God is. We simply cannot. You lost me on that last turn.
Well, I understand that we cannot be as large as God; that would be impossible. A drop of the ocean is not the ocean. But it is the same as the ocean, simply in a smaller portion. So the drop and the ocean are the same stuff. And proportionate to its size, the drop can be as great as the ocean. To a microscopic life form, the drop may as well be the ocean. But let me ask you a question. The point is that the way to have less violence, fewer wars, and a better world is to listen to God and do what God says , not try to be God. You want us to run around thinking that we are God?
Good grief. Let me move in a different direction for a moment. I find myself wanting to point out that many human beings are not happy. In fact, most are not. We can agree on that, can we not? Yes, we can agree on that. And so we live in a society whose members are lashing out in frustration and anger, in defensiveness and bewilderment. They experience that they live in a world that is constantly attacking them—or at the very least, preventing them.
Most people do not see humanity as having had a role in creating the world like that. I appreciate you for being so clear. I know that what is being said here, that we are all Divine, runs counter to our present Cultural Story, our present understanding. It violates our values.
It shakes us up. It even gets some of us mad. But I always look closely at the ideas that make me angry. I walk into it. I explore it. Look at those comments or opinions again and see if there is anything important Life is trying to say to you around those subjects. Now I know that there are some people who are not going to be interested in moving beyond the very first question.
You will recall, that question was…. If most people believe that we as a species know everything right now that we need to know to create the lives that we wish to live, then exploration of new tools for the future will seem pointless. We can all just drop these inquiries, go on living our lives moment-to-moment trying to get everything we want, working to give everyone we love what they want, hope for the best for ourselves, our children and their children, and let it go at that.
Yet I have a different proposal to make. I want to suggest that the trick is not to keep trying to get for ourselves, and give everyone else, what is wanted. The trick is to change what is wanted. I mean exactly that. I mean, change what it is that you want for yourself and what you want to give your loved ones. Well as Dr. Yet if what you want is something else , and you produce that , then your producing of that will give you this. What in the heck are you saying …?
Most of us are trying to produce the wrong thing. Instead of seeking and trying to create, peace, prosperity, happiness and all the rest, seek and try to create something much larger…. A knowledge and an experience of your real self, of who you really are. Go after that, and all the rest will follow. Only your answer should be relevant to you. Yet each person must finally answer the question for him or her Self. While I know what my answer is, I am here just opening people to the question. Yet as people open this inquiry, I encourage them to consider all of the Seven Simple Questions, not just this one, and to explore them one after the other, in order.
Just as I have done. What makes you think that your answers are right? I hope that this monoconvologue has proven to be a good literary device, giving you an opportunity to see how you might respond when other people come to you with the same kinds of questions. For instance, the questions just above are two questions that I get a lot—and you may be asked them as well. I have always responded…. And can we all agree that it might be beneficial to search for new ones together? The answers that are correct for you are the answers that you give. And you may give different answers a different times of your life, by the way!
Yet I believe that if you wish to move forward in your own evolution, you must offer some answers. If feels to me that we ignore these questions at our peril. The world has ignored them, and is in peril. So I think the discussion is worthwhile. Perhaps, but what makes you think that you should lead it? Our planet and its people are in the process of evolving, and that process is speeding up. No, it appears to be mystified about more than that. Our species seems to be unclear not only on how to proceed from here, but how we got here.
I think that many people would like to do that. Many are feeling this same impulse; the impulse to assist. I see the whole thing as a beginning; as a way to get us started; as a means of moving the energy. But now let me repeat that the ideas I talk about are not mine, but were given to me in Conversations with God. And they have helped me tremendously. Oh, it is. Believe me, it is. But we need to start somewhere, and I think that it needs to be somewhere new.
What I see is that as we try to solve our problems we keep coming from the same place; we keep starting our thinking in the exact same spot: deep within our Old Cultural Story. We need to get off the wheel. The idea of The Conversations Movement is to do just that. Our job now, our opportunity, our exciting task is to place before the world a set of ideas from which a brand new discussion may begin. Then readers from all over the planet can offer their thoughts and their ideas. And it will offer humanity such a fresh new beginning, with inspired input from people of every nation, that this new start will launch a new era.
A new start…to launch a new era. Out of the 3, pages in the Conversations with God dialogues, one idea, in particular, jumped out at me. I knew as soon as I heard it that it was revolutionary. Utterly, completely revolutionary. If adopted, it would turn everything, everything , around. Talk about giving us a new start! God invited—dared, actually—every minister, every priest, every rabbi, every ulama, every political party, every head of state, every corporate executive, every leader in every area of life, to stand behind every pulpit, every political convention podium, every lectern, every desk in every classroom, and share a New Gospel.
God also predicted that none of those people, none of them , would do it. Not a pope, not a president, not a prime minister, not a chief ulama, not a head of any political party, and certainly not a classroom teacher… no one would do it. Because this is not something that in our present society we would not dare to teach our children. It is not something we would dare tell our congregations. But if its message were embraced by the world, that world would be magnificently altered.
The New Gospel proposed by Conversations with God is…. We are all one. Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way. Especially the last part. Is that a fair question? So let me answer it by saying that the problem with people speaking out their deepest convictions is not the speaking out itself, but the implied message that is often not-too-well hidden beneath those convictions—which is that they are absolutely right; that their way is the best way.
Can it not be simply another picture? Another expression of beauty? Shall we turn the garden under because one is no more beautiful than another? You have done exactly that. Shall we decline to play the music because one note is no more crucial than another? And of course we want to implement the best idea. Well, certainly. Will you excuse me for bringing a bit of old-fashioned wisdom here? So the New Gospel is a different way of going forward.
This is an exploration, not a declaration; an invitation, not a proclamation; a observation, not a notification. And then we ask a gentle question: Is it necessary for us to continue with it? So my answers are next. Decide what you want is to truly know and experience yourself as who you really are. Repeat it often to others…and invite others to repeat it often to even more. And remember these answers are only my answers. I can only share with you what I feel my soul saying to me.
How is it possible for 6. Some people have said this situation exists because not all people do want the same thing. I disagree with this. I believe that at the heart of every person, every person is wonderful. They want all of these things just the way all of us do, but they feel that life, or some condition in life, is not allowing them to have them.
So they become…how to put it…. This does not justify or condone actions that harm or destroy—but it does explain them. I believe that people who get fighting mad could be asked a single question that might diffuse their anger, and the violent eruptions that too often spring from it. How is it possible that an entire world full of people cannot get what they collectively insist they want? Their model of the world does not allow it. The majority of people have refused to let go of this story even though it has been proven to be not only ineffective , but actually self-destructive , as humanity has struggled for millennia to find a way to live in peace and harmony.
It will make you feel incredible by allowing you to notice how much of what is really good in another you are actually be able to see an acknowledge once you get your judgment even just a little out of the way. The second of the Seven Simple Questions always seems rhetorical to me. To declare that we understand everything about God and life is sheer folly. Clearly, there is an information gap here. No money for rehabilitation programs for the drug addicted, the pushers, the violent. No measures for gun control.
Not even any rules in our local schools to protect youth from violence. No laws against the culture that creates violence and drug-abuse. Is that against Free Speech? Try writing a law that the glorification of violence, gangs, drugs, crime and hate cannot be sold for profit.
They can make and distribute it—and not earn a cent. That would end that problem, I think. No one is creating educational and support programs for teaching and helping ghetto parents to nurture their children, and raise them with love, care, self-respect, confidence, a sense of civics, a sense of freedom, a sense of ethics. The best our legislators could do was propose taking four-year olds out of the family environment for the day. That means that fathers in the ghetto, unable to provide for their families, are forced to desert them altogether.
The result—apparent by this generation—is that many ghetto youth think they have no responsibility for the babies they make, no responsibility to the women or girls they made them with. Is it fair to lay all the blame on the deserter, when the state made the policy?
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No one has proposed legislation to help replace the hundreds of liquor stores in ghetto neighborhoods with inexpensive healthy produce-and-basic foods markets. No one has proposed to establish more free community services in ghetto neighborhoods, such as libraries stocked with the works of the heroes and heroines of liberation movements, spiritual leaders, ethicists, race and class historians, literary, artistic, dramatic and musical lights. No one has proposed free schools for youth and adults where local people can teach or learn what they want to teach and learn.
No one has proposed safe and healthy places for kids of all ages to play. Nor are the ghettos going to acquire neighborhood arts venues or spaces for activists, where locals could pursue such goals as the restoration of democracy, civil and human rights which have been eroded so drastically under the last few Administrations. All this is what I would like to see instead of more four-year-olds in public school. I had heard he was into development for South Berkeley. I asked friends of mine whose opinions I valued, if they thought Anderson could be trusted to represent all the voices in South Berkeley, equably and honestly.
The comments and observations of these friends were discouraging. Laura Menard entered the race late on, as a direct response to an unfulfilled need in this community: a voice that speaks for everyone in District 3, not just select sub-groups. Lacking the friends-in-high-places Max Anderson enjoyed, not to mention his well-financed campaign he outspent Menard, 8 to 1 , we were not surprised when Anderson won the seat.
The ROC neighborhood group is organized, well-established, and active. Everyone from the surrounding area is welcomed to meetings, encouraged to speak up and participate as part of the larger community. Anderson came to the meeting, but he did not make a favorable impression on anyone. He showed disinterest or disapproval of ideas discussed by the group.
When asked what his own interests were, he outlined suggestions which were all about development. There was a real disconnect with the community. Since then, the only times we have heard from or about Max Anderson were when he was trying to perpetuate a scheme against the interests of the community. He went to the council with a request for a substantial raise in city funding, even though our tax dollars are already subsidizing this poorly-run organization.
There is no accountability—then or now—about how they spend that largesse. That so-called service organization is a disservice to the community. His wife was on the Board of Directors. She has since resigned, under the protest from the surrounding community. Under no circumstances should this construction project have been broached without prior agreement and substantial community involvement.
This is an inbred, self-selecting cabal of like-minded individuals, whose commentary should in no way be mistaken for community opinion. Try to get anyone on the phone. Try to get a response to your call if you do get an answering machine. Then, should you manage to succeed that far, try finding out about any of the meetings they hold in private, belying the claim that they are open to comments and opinion of the community.
The very rationale for the transit village is erroneous. Local parking is already crowded, and often, it is difficult to find a space in front of your own home. Add a substantial number of new residents to our area and you make a bad situation intolerable. Further, I maintain there is no housing shortage. There is no underserved subgroup that needs housing. There is no reason or rationale for any new construction without our prior agreement, and certainly not at the expense of the demise of the Flea Market. Max Anderson, you do not have our permission to reconstruct South Berkeley as a reflection of a personal plan for your aggrandizement.
Should such a boondoggle succeed, how much of the funding would find its way into your pockets, or those of your friends? I believe the task force members are trying to do the right thing, but trying to rectify a plan that was conceived in deception puts them in a tricky position. They are requesting elucidation from the city as to their role, from here on, since the grant application was denied. I think the answer to this ought to be pretty simple, unless you are Max Anderson or Ed Church. Trust is always something to be earned.
Once lost, it is difficult if not impossible to regain. The Berkeley Daily Planet gave Joanne Kowalski quite a bit of space to put forth her theory on urban development. The tome started out with a quote from noted sociologist Herbert Gans essentially saying that development is for the people who live in the area now, not the future tenants. This was followed by the fact that primary reason people move is noise, heavy traffic, deteriorating infrastructure and crime in that order.
She then extrapolates this to the construction of the land around Ashby BART and a lighted athletic field across from residential neighborhood. Unfortunately the theory is wrong and Herbert Gans would be rolling over in his grave to have his thinking associated with this specious reasoning.
Crime statistics show a reduced rate of crime around athletic fields for the simple reason that most criminals are not interested in an audience. A playing field has people coming and going all the time so there are increased numbers of people who might be witness to their crime, hence the reduced crime rate.
Also if the theory were correct the areas around San Pablo Park, Grove Street Park and James Kenney would have a residential turnover substantially higher than other areas of the city. And the impact of an athletic field on a neighborhood as a noise and traffic generator is nothing compared to a hospital or a school. Would Herbert Gans oppose the construction of these noise and traffic generating facilities?
Alta Bates is located in the Elmwood, one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city and even the Bateman neighborhood, directly across the street from the hospital, rarely has houses come on the market. What is true is that most people resist change of any kind. When we proposed putting athletic fields, now known as Harrison Park, in the industrial area on the Berkeley Albany border people railed that this was a terrible place for playing fields because parents would complain about the industrial noise, traffic and smells.
Businesses would come under increasing pressure to leave and the more appropriate place for this type of land development would be in a residential neighborhood where it would be more accessible to the people who would use the fields. And the skateboarders, oh my God, even the people running the Homeless Shelter wanted a barrier between those drug dealing bums and their clients. In fact none of the fears materialized and there is general consensus that the playing fields have not only been of no burden to the surrounding businesses not one parental complaint in five years but have actually helped improve the neighborhood.
And the people at the Homeless Shelter are generally quite pleased with the activity at the park. Athletic fields were going to ruin the park like setting and pour tons of toxic chemicals into the bay. Why not put them in a more appropriate residential location was their cry. We are all now working together and when the Gilman Fields open up this winter, I think many readers of the Planet will discover the area between Gilman and University with its off-leash nature trail and dog park, no dog nature area, and sunsets at the seashore.
Those of us who have been involved in community land development are fully aware that a change in the way things have been is always met by resistance by those who are fearful of what the change might bring. But rather than trotting out some unsubstantiated social theory as a reason to squash development of a playing field or the Ashby BART station we are all better served by encouraging the community dialogue.
What I find most amusing in many of these discussions, like the one presented by Ms. Kowalski, is that there is talk about the need for reduced urban sprawl, reduced traffic, etc. As citizens of the richest nation on the planet, it is easy to take for granted the many luxuries of American life. In stark contrast to our standard of living, there are those are forced to work in deplorable sweatshop conditions, with unreasonable demands such fifteen hour workdays and as little as 13 cents an hour compensation, according to Global Exchange.
Worse, among this group are innocent young people, exploited by money-driven corporations that engage in child-labor. This sounds deplorable and it is, and something must be done about it. It is our responsibility as Americans to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, to end the ability of corporations to exploit their workers, and to end the continuing cycle of poverty in the United States and abroad. Our inaction may result in the continued plight of millions of people, primarily at the hands of corporations who engage in these practices.
What empowers these specific companies is the fact that we readily spend our money on goods without direct knowledge they may have been produced by the abused. While it is our responsibility to ensure that the money we spend does not fund these groups, we must ensure that governments spend our taxpayer dollars in the same fashion. The City of Berkeley spends hundreds-of-thousands of our taxpayer dollars a year on goods. Currently we have no direct knowledge of whether they were produced in sweatshop conditions.
This important legislations is apart of a larger effort to ban governments from contracting companies who practice sweatshop labor. The time for Berkeley to join this movement has come. If we are to end poverty across the world, this must be done. Come to the next Berkeley City Council meeting and ask your mayor and councilmembers to pass this piece of this legislation with proper funding for enforcement.
Nicholas E. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the commissions on which he serves. This does not square with the meticulous research of Israeli historians like Tom Segev and Avi Shlaim which show the original Zionist antagonism towards the native Arabs as well Israeli belligerence towards the Arab states from the beginning.
Women are required to sit in the back of the Orthodox synagogues in Israel, Reform and Conservative Jews have considerably less freedom of religion. Israel does have some courageous media outlets and they are constantly being censored by the Israeli government. As he overlooks the horrible occupation that gave rise to the Hamas victory.
Conn Hallinan buys uncritically the Palestinian claim that an errant Israeli artillery shell landed on a hapless Palestinian family enjoying a day at the beach. Perhaps it did. Or, perhaps not. No one disputes that Israel fired six shells at terrorists who were firing missiles into Israel, and that these terrorists had set up their position just a few hundred yards from that beach. Israel further admits that it can account for the exact landing site of only five of the six shells fired.
On the other hand, Israel has tendered a great deal of evidence suggesting that their shelling was not responsible for the civilian deaths. For example, the missing shell in question landed a full five minutes before the beach explosion. Moreover, Israel has a history of telling it straight, profusely apologizing when they do inadvertently hurt civilians, and treating injured Palestinian civilians in their state-of-the-art hospitals. Meanwhile, Palestinians have repeatedly been caught fabricating evidence in incidents such as these. While Hallinan jumps to the conclusion he desires, for me the jury is still out.
First, when Palestinian civilians are killed, Israel regards it as a military failure in the fog of war. When Palestinians kill Israeli civilians it is considered a triumph, the very achievement of their purpose. Who can forget the scenes of Palestinians dancing in the streets of Gaza on September 11 or the stream of suicide bombers into Israel before it constructed its security fence? It is because Gaza-based terrorists almost daily fire missiles into Israeli civilian towns and villages along the border.
The distances are small. It is as though the people of El Cerrito persisted in firing missiles into Berkeley. What exactly is Israel supposed to do about this? Hallinan says Israel should negotiate. With whom, and about what? Hamas has nothing it cares to negotiate. He will find that Hamas regards the obliteration of Israel as a divine imperative from Allah which is not subject to human give and take. Moreover, Israel cannot withdraw anymore from Gaza than it already has.
Israel no longer occupies so much as one square inch of Gaza, and every single last Jew has been removed.
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The place is completely Judenrein. Fully 20 percent of Israeli citizens are Arabs. But not one single Jew is permitted to live as a loyal citizen of Palestine, just as Jews cannot live in Saudi Arabia. Why else would Palestinians be firing missiles into Israel, and with the full backing of a large majority of the populace, after it had abandoned Gaza? Hallinan clearly cares not one whit about Israeli existence because that is all Israel can give that would satisfy Hamas.
And then, of course, there is Barbara Lubin, who has proven herself utterly incapable of articulating any semblance of truth as her typical rant quoted at the protest reveals. I suggest readers who really wish to know what happened check out the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. That publication suggested that the Gaza beach incident had actually been orchestrated by the Palestinians.
In his photos, however, Huda is running around in dry street clothes. Harbed runs several minutes of the crying Huda and afterwards turns his camera to the dead and injured. In the pictures of the cameraman one can recognize both medics in green clothes as well as dozens of men, most with typical Hamas full beards, apparently securing pieces of evidence. Have the Hamas men, as Israeli media quote Palestinian eye witnesses, removed pieces of evidence?
The more cameraman Harbed is asked by Sueddeutche Zeitung in the telephone interview, the more he evades the issue. Was he at the scene of the incident before the outpatient clinic [personnel] arrived? Who are the civilians, who are cleaning the beach? Who is the armed man on the ground, who suddenly rises?
Such critics fail to note that Garlasco met on June 19 with Major Gen. The IDF and the Israeli government has come in for some criticism over its handling of its public diplomacy in the immediate aftermath of the Gaza beach incident. Regardless of who was responsible for the deaths of the family in Gaza, knowledgeable people internationally were understandably skeptical of the initial Palestinian allegations blaming Israel. After all, it was the Palestinians who claimed an Israeli army massacre in the refugee camp at Jenin. This notorious myth has since been debunked by Human Rights watch and the UN.
Finally, be they Palestinians or Israelis, the death of innocents is always deplorable. But have you ever seen any Palestinians or supporters such as Barbara Lubin express grief for Jewish victims of Palestinian suicide bombers? Your writer is a hypocrite! Where is the free speech? Do you not have any shame? Manuel Scott, Jr and Rev. Robert McKinght, I thank you and praise Almighty God for your faith, for your love, and for your boldness in the Lord to stand against an evil and perverse city.
I study the Bible and find much value in it, yet such biblical scholars as he should heed that the Old Testament clearly sanctions slavery, and it is my understanding that even Paul, who is most quoted as being the chief New Testament decrier of homosexuality, also delineates proper treatment for slaves rather than calling for its abolition. Honest self-examination by the churches and their leaders would hopefully have them realize mores of homophobia and intolerance present in ancient times and today masquerading in the guise of sanctity as the real cause of this current cultural trend in Christian morality.
I found the story on the homophobic speech at a Berkeley High School event deeply disturbing. The fact that the speaker was paid for his hate speech is even more appalling. I believe that the Rev. Robert McKnight should apologize for hiring Mr. Scott to give the keynote speech at this event. If Mr. L A Wood no relation has pulled back the curtain on what seems to me to be the obvious. This successful company, Pacific Steel, excellent as it may be, no longer should be in West Berkeley. I believe it could move to a more suitable location nearby, where it could thrive and expand and of course keep its current workforce intact.
We could sue Pacific Steel Casting for polluting the air, land, and landscape, but this is a last resort if the following proposal is not accepted. I suggest the city have certain design review of course but not much more because the likely use would be to story market-rate housing, even luxury housing, with Fourth Street retail extended north.
PSC would have a one-time chance to move with a huge incentive which costs Berkeley really nothing and actually would bring huge benefits to the area and the city—the company would have this one time opportunity to fund not only the move but the cleanup of this site. It would be irresponsible for PSC not to accept this offer because the cleanup is an ongoing liability for the company with this one time chance to avoid it or shift it to a development project.
Get more people on bikes, car pooling, AC Transit, and convert all its remaining city vehicles to bio-diesel or hybrids. Not only are they pumping out green house gases which contribute to global warming they release a large amount of PMs, which contribute to global dimming. Once again, the city turns a blind eye. After all Pacific Steel contributes to the spare the air day fund!
Therefore it should be able to continuing polluting on spare the air days. I smell their stench as I try to get a breeze through my window on this hot Spare the Air Day. State Administrator Ward made clear during the Oakland School Board meeting that Proposition 39 did not allow for expenditure of School Bond construction money on administrative facilities. However, Administrator Ward said he was discussing with the State Department of Education if bond money not yet spent from the bond measure prior to Measure B could be tapped for paying relocation costs.
Here relocation cost means transforming a school into administrative offices at a cost of millions and not simply moving costs. The following quotes Mr. Proper field orientation is basic good design. The personal injury liability for public agencies shall be great and just one accident involving a pitcher and batter can result in a lawsuit and award loss of significant money. The partial use, complete lock down and even removal of the new baseball facility is then very real. There should be no need to worry about work contracts. The school district should even apologize if the work day was an inconvenience to any rally or protest that a teacher may want to attend.
Here is a better idea. Cancel school on the days when these rallies might even seem extra important so that even kids can be involved. If there is one political proposition we might think has universal acceptance, it would be that all Americans should be encouraged and enabled to exercise their right to vote free of caging and obstruction. What reasons could those be? Opposition to excessive democracy? Opposition to allowing people to vote who might vote against the kinds of Republicans holding up this bill? Indications are that the Rovian strategy for is to eliminate opposition by eliminating opposition voters, and this is being done by demographic purging of state voting registration rolls, among other underhanded tactics that renewal of the Voting Rights Act would go a long way to prevent.
That seems to be the real reason for delaying renewal, and the main reason the VRA is still needed today as much as when it was originally passed a generation ago. Citizens, call your representatives to free this bill from bondage, so that the civil right which secures all others can be secured for every voter. Scandalously unavailable found a total of two titles in our best and other Berkeley book stores. Check out Bill Fitzhugh at Central. The American people oppose this cruel war of aggression and war profiteering that is destroying our reputation and the goodwill of other nations!
No candidate deserves to be in office who does not stand up to the lies and treasonous activities of the criminal Bush regime. The Democrats must also find the courage to confront the constitutional crisis of massive computer election fraud and systematic voter disenfranchisement that has been implemented by the Republican Party.
The evidence that Bush was not the winner of the election is overwhelming and Americans are losing faith in our election system. It is time for a major change in our government! Others had 90 decibels of it imposed on them with no warning. An asphalt parking lot next to four apartment buildings, where sound ricochets off the surrounding walls, is the worst possible location for an amplified show, unless your intent is to annoy hundreds of tenants, only a few of whom had any warning from the West Berkeley Neighborhood Development Corporation WBNDC.
A variance notice with some of this detail, or any detail, would have initiated some objections, entitling the neighborhood to at least a public hearing. The owner of a nearby vacant lot next to no residences agreed to host the stage, but Willie Phillips, one of the board members of the West Berkeley Neighborhood Development Corporation, said changing their plans was too much trouble. WBNDC hired an out-of-towner from San Francisco to do its leg work rather than taking the time to walk the neighborhood.
Some merchants no doubt made money, and some people with apartments adjoining the amplified sound stage no doubt enjoyed the music, but only at the expense of hundreds of others who had no warning about the event, and had their work, their quiet, and their private gatherings suddenly and needlessly disturbed for hours. Letters from tenants in all four of the apartment buildings testify to the difficulty imposed on some of the neighbors that day, but the WBNDC has yet to acknowledge the fact, let alone promise to plan a different location for any future events.
Nobody opposes a festival, or music, or great food, or dance. In fact the practice of artisans and artists has not been modified by computers. Potters still throw pots, glassblowers still blow glass, woodworkers still plane wood, and sculptors still chisel away, not in virtual space, but in real time immemorial, just as they have always done, in industrial-type studios. There have always been types of artists, such as poets for example, who do not need industrial-type studios, and these were purposefully not included in the West Berkeley definition.
But to open the definition to all creative work, inclusive of that ordinarily done in an office, means doom to numerous working artisans and artists. The new computer media are practiced in an office environment, and can afford it. Office rent is double that of industrial. When Strawberry Creek Center first opened in the s, a number of artisans and artists moved in, but these were soon pushed out by skyrocketing rents. Remember those old movies where the villagers and peasants, after long-term abuse, finally rise up on a foggy night and storm the castle by torchlight with hammers and pitchforks?
Well, West Berkeley artisans and artists just want to continue to work. Most of us usually ignore city politics. We are slow to anger. But if the city tries to redefine our studios out of existence, redefine our studios as offices, doubling our rents, at some point soon on a foggy night we are going to gather up our hammers and pitchforks. I urge all people who support the retention of working artisans and artists in town to communicate that to the Arts Commission through its secretary at MMerker ci.
Police uniforms, computers for city offices, and accounting supplies are generally ordered from private vendors, who contract companies from across the world to manufacture the starting materials. It may come as a shock that the city, with its lasting and proud history of leadership in social justice issues, has no mechanism in place to trace the origins of these starting materials. Little known to any of us is the possibility that some of these origins may be rooted in an onerous legacy of sweatshops, inhumane labor practices, and wages as low as 13 cents per hour.
This dereliction, however, has the potential for redress on June This provision will ensure for years to come that the purchasing department employs our taxpayer money in a clean and just fashion. Subcontractors and contractors that honor the basic labor rights of a minimum wage, the ability to unionize, and the freedom from harassment and abuse will be rewarded through bid offers. Those that fall short of the necessary regulations will receive ample time to reform their practices; if, however, their efforts still remain inadequate, Berkeley will take its business elsewhere.
It is of paramount importance to remember that such an ordinance without a proper level of funding amounts to nothing more than a toothless bill. A portion of this amount would be earmarked for an internal monitor, who would conduct much-needed research into the genesis and lifetime of goods and services that eventually find their way into our municipality. Basic data, such as the country of production, normal working hours per day, and overtime policy, will be entered.
The remainder would be allocated toward a consortium spanning the East Bay, created with the express purpose of sharing information, expediting research, and saving cities time and money. This collaboration will draw on the strength of enforcement in locales such as San Francisco, which recently passed its own sweat-free ordinance, and information stored in the collective annals of the Bay Area.
The Sweat-Free Ordinance is inseparable in letter or spirit from the monetary request, as the latter will be the only method to promulgate the former. We urge you to contact your council member and state your support for this ordinance. Back in the s when the university first proposed the stadium, Campus Architect John Galen Howard opposed building the stadium in its current location, primarily because it was over the Hayward Fault.
From Berkeley historians and preservationists, we can piece together other concerns of the day. It is now known that this fault is in one of the most dangerous locations in CA with a 27 percent probability of a 6. The university proposes to more than double the number of capacity events which would mean more people—both those attending events and those living in adjacent neighborhoods—would be exposed to greater risk in the event of a major earthquake.
The DEIR downplays the seriousness of this increased risk and does not look at less risky alternatives. Second, access to the stadium and other buildings is through already congested narrow streets designed almost a century ago to serve a primarily residential area. Access remains difficult and would be made worse by the additional parking facility and more events. There is only one egress and one ingress to the new car parking structure off Centennial Drive where it meets Gayley Road.
Gridlock would be sure to ensue before and after a football game! This impact is not adequately covered by the DEIR nor is it fully mitigated. Third, nature lovers, including early Sierra Club leaders and professors, used to meet frequently in the area which became the stadium site to hike up Strawberry Canyon along Strawberry Creek, passing a beautiful waterfall now culverted. This group opposed the stadium plan because they wanted to preserve a beautiful natural area.
The university now plans to destroy live oaks, including three or four rare heritage oaks, in the same area in order to build the student athletic center. One wonders if it would be possible to save these majestic, historical and long-lived trees or to build around them, preserving them in place. This latter option is not addressed in the DEIR. Fourth, residents of Panoramic Hill area were concerned about access to that area in case of fire or other emergencies since there was only one narrow road entering and leaving the area.
There continues to be only one narrow road into and out of the area, Panoramic Way, which begins very close to the stadium and would very likely be adversely impacted by stadium and student athletic facility construction activity. The building of these new structures would exacerbate an already dangerous situation and increase risk to the area. An emergency access route is needed in case of fire or other disaster. The DEIR identifies the issue but does not suggest adequate mitigation.
Given the significance of these concerns and requirements of CEQA, the university needs to look carefully at alternatives. However, that alternative would conflict with plans for completing the Eastshore State Park. A plan for protecting the waterfront area is currently the subject of an initiative campaign in Albany. Another alternative the university might want to look at is using the Oakland Coliseum for football games. This alternative should at least be looked at in the DEIR and should include an analysis of local and regional traffic impacts.
Furthermore, the university should consider: doing a minimal seismic retrofit of the stadium, thereby preserving its historical value; maintaining the current number of games per year; and building the student athletic facility in a safer, more easily accessible location. Another parking alternative the DEIR should consider is building several satellite parking structures in the downtown area, e. Dispersing parking in this way might lessen the impact of additional parking in the Gayley Road area and surrounding neighborhoods. What is needed is an overall analysis of the impact of campus parking on Berkeley streets, including the new Underhill parking structure currently under construction.
At that time domestic violence was not as openly discussed as it is today and as my friends were more into boys and make-up, I had no one to talk to and was pretty desperate. It was the one hour every week when I could briefly escape from what was going on at home and how I wished I could have been part of a loving family like the Ingalls. As things got worse at home I found myself writing down all that was happening, how it was affecting me and how I was feeling.
But I under estimated the care and compassion of this very special lady, because two weeks later not only did I receive a personal reply but her home address and a plea to keep in touch. We exchanged letters for almost a year and then one day came the one which was to literally save my life. She co-wrote and starred in the movie Battered about the effects of domestic violence between three couples. I eventually contacted the office and they put me in touch with a local group here in Northern Ireland set up to help kids like me and although the journey was long, slow and sometimes very painful, I survived.
In the meantime though I lost touch with Karen when she moved but life went on and the years passed. I met and married a wonderful man who restored my faith in the males of this world, and we have two beautiful children. Last September, my daughter, who is 13, was learning in school about the different types of abuse we humans inflict on each other and it was while chatting to her about this that I was suddenly struck by the vast realisation that but for the grace of Karen Grassle I would not be here today to tell my story.
Of that I have no doubt. I started what was to be a seven-month search for Karen after the discussion with my daughter. I felt the urge to get in touch with her again to see if she remembered me but more importantly, to thank her from the bottom of my heart for how her very kind actions which enabled me to turn my life around. You will be pleased to know I finally caught up with her as she was appearing on stage in Winnipeg. I wrote to her at the theatre and a few weeks later I received a personal reply. Well that difference to me was my life and for that I will always be indebted to her.
This lady is a star in the true sense of the word. My daughter beat me to Africa. Liana, a year-old who cannot live without her cell phone, whose text messaging has tripled our phone bill, who appears not to be able to survive a single day without spending at least an hour of it on MySpace, this typical teenager and her similarly situated friends will be living in a home generously hosted by former BHS Swahili teacher Christine Nyada-Chacha, with no cell phones, no Internet, very little electricity and no running water.
No Mom to chauffeur her to Target, no little brother to play tricks on her and perhaps most importantly, no boyfriend by her side or on the other end of the phone call, text message or MySpace update. My learned friends nod their heads in solemn agreement. As we parents gathered with our offspring at the San Francisco International Airport at 6 a.
Our children—our precious babies Liana would be puking about now were heading off to the other side of the world—without us! For four long weeks!