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  • Virtual reality teaching about N.S. group home abuse transforms shame into respect

    Virtual Reality Home Abuse 20191113

    Stories from former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children are being used as part of a pilot project at a Dartmouth, N.S., high school that is using virtual reality to teach students about mistreatment and abuse that happened at the home.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    Rated: R.

    A talented young jazz drummer experiences a trial by fire when he's recruited by a ferocious instructor whose unyielding search for perfection may lead to his undoing. For as far back as Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) can remember, he's been watching his father fail. Determined to make a name for himself no matter what it takes, Andrew enrolls in a prestigious east coast music conservatory where his talent quickly catches the attention of Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) a esteemed music teacher who's notorious for his caustic approach in the classroom. The leader of the school's top jazz ensemble, Fletcher promptly transfers Neyman into his band, giving the ambitious young drummer a shot at true greatness. He may achieve it, too, if Neyman's methods don't drive him to madness first. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Rated: PG13.

    The web-slingin' wall-crawler hits the screens once again in this follow-up to [[Performer~P306794~Marc Webb~marcwebb]]'s 2012 reboot of the series. [[Performer~P505126~Andrew Garfield~andrewgarfield]] returns as Peter Parker, who squares off against the villainous Electro, played by [[Performer~P24604~Jamie Foxx~jamiefoxx]]. As the film opens, we find Richard (Campbell Scott) and Mary Parker (Embeth Davitz) stealing away with some crucial Oscorp files while leaving young Peter in the care of Aunt May (Sally Field) and Uncle Ben. Flash forward about a decade, and Peter (Garfield) is swinging into action as Spider-Man; having successfully thwarted the hijacking of an Oscorp truck by notorious Russian criminal Aleksei Sytsevich ([[Performer~P26680~Paul Giamatti~paulgiamatti]]), Peter ditches the costume just in time to meet up with Gwen Stacy ([[Performer~P491706~Emma Stone~emmastone]]) at their high school graduation. Despite his deep love for Emma, however, Peter remains haunted by his promise to her late father not to get emotionally involved with her for fear that she could be targeted by Spider-Man's enemies. Meanwhile, young Harry Osborne ([[Performer~P671752~Dane DeHaan~danedehaan]]) inherits OsCorp and a deadly retrovirus from his father Norman ([[Performer~P14803~Chris Cooper~chriscooper]]), and brilliant but timid OsCorp scientist Max Dillon ([[Performer~P24604~Jamie Foxx~jamiefoxx]]) gets infused with a powerful dose of electricity while attempting to fix a faulty power circuit in the lab. Upon regaining consciousness, Max discovers that he has the power to harness electrical currents - the higher the voltage the more powerful he becomes. When a battle with Max in Times Square shorts out Spidey's web-shooters, Peter goes to work on developing a more reliable model of his signature weapon while Harry grows convinced that Spider-Man's blood is the key to his survival. Later, villainous OsCorp chairman Donald Menken (Colm Feore) steals the company out right out from under Harry, driving the vengeful youth to break Max -- now Electro -- out of the heavily-guarded Ravencroft Institute for a two-pronged attack on Menken and Spider-Man. The stage for that battle is set when New York City goes dark just as Peter declares his love to Gwen, plunging the wise-cracking web-slinger into a fight that could forever alter the course of his life. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


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