Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Vertical Limit (2000)

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Vertical Limit is a lot like an amusement park thrill ride. When it comes to the gut-twisting fear of dangling off a 1,000-foot precipice while a mile-wide avalanche of snow comes roaring at you down a Himalayan slope, it delivers.

Program Notes: The Aviator (2004)

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Martin Scorsese’s three-hour epic The Aviator – about the middle years of airman-industrialist-moviemaker-mental case Howard Hughes – is so ambitious, so daringly executed, and so entertaining that it's hard to wrap one's head around it.

Program Notes: Primal Fear (1996)

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"Gotcha" movies only work if you don't see the big reveal coming. The "gotcha" at the end of Primal Fear? I've never met anyone who wasn't completely suckered in by this thriller and by Edward Norton's hair-raising performance in his first major movie.

Program Notes: Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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Witness for the Prosecution could be called the granddaddy of the “gotcha” movie. Audiences were stunned and delighted by the last-act revelation that gave the story its oomph.

Program Notes: Soul Surfer (2011)

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13-year-old Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark attack and with it her chance to become a professional surfer. Her story is the subject of Soul Surfer, a solid film about family, faith, and the freedom of riding a board.

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