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Review: Force of Nature

Take Die Hard and add a $55 million art heist gone wrong, then set it in the middle of a Category 5 hurricane in Puerto Rico, and you’ve got Force of Nature. It stars Mel Gibson (Mad Max, Braveheart) as a crusty ex-cop who happens to be in the building where the heist is taking place. A couple of other cops have come to try to get him to a shelter when all hell breaks loose, and the rest is a cat and mouse game with the art thieves with lots of guns and killing with a wee bit of a romance thrown in for good measure. It all feels pretty predictable, but it is certainly entertaining for a couple of hours.

Still Alice

The reason to see Still Alice, and you really should, is Julianne Moore. She just won an Academy Award for her beautiful and heartbreaking performance as Alice Howland, a successful linguistics professor with a loving husband and several grown children who is stunned to find that she is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. It is the story of her trying to keep it together even though she knows what is coming, and her family trying its best to take care of her as she disappears before their eyes. Alec Baldwin plays the husband who is as helpless as Alice against the disease, but tries to make her diminishing world as livable has he can. And Kristen Stewart is remarkably competent as her youngest daughter, a would-be actress who turns out to be the one who can help her Mom when she needs it most.

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