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Two movies you may want to see.

Fish Tank

She’s the proverbial “fish out of water” gasping for air and freedom from her verbally abusive and distant mother; she craves the necessary emotional support and balance one receives from a loving family.

But instead, Mia (Katie Jarvis) gets nothing of the sort, and proceeds to look for what’s missing through hip hop music and an unstoppable passion for dance.

Fish Tank, a film festival favorite, is a raw unadulterated character study and moves slowly and methodically over a long narrative structure void of a theatrical score.

In form it’s definitely a film for cerebral thinkers, and delivers its story beautifully as Mia becomes someone you have known or have seen throughout your life. She may be your younger sister, a close friend, a daughter, and soon you find yourself wanting her life to change for the better. Although there are moments that induce cringing (especially if you’re a parent). Nonetheless Fish Tank is relevant and real and necessary, an indie cinema gem.

The Art of the Steal

It should be noted or perhaps plastered on utility poles within Midtown Harrisburg’s burgeoning art district that art and politics cannot and shall not mix.

Such as the case in the brilliant, eye opening documentary The Art of the Steal, a wonderfully informative-albeit shocking-investigative view into the corporate and political theft of some of the world’s most astounding art work from the renowned Barnes Foundation.

Tucked away in Lower Merion, a Philadelphia suburb, The Barnes foundation once housed the incomparable works of French and Post impressionist such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, and many others. But soon after the tragic death of Albert C. Barnes, his dream of educating the public and his students about fine art became trivial to the appointed board of trustees hell bent on making money more than adhering to Albert C. Barnes’ original vision.

The Art of The Steal is focused and poignant, humorous and honest, a definitive voice for artist worldwide, and reveals the depths of greed within corporate and political realms.

 

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