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Hardly anyone thinks about the producer of news programs. Viewers concentrate on the product and maybe the deliverer of the story, but the person who pitches the story, gathers it, builds a research team, and works with the news reporter is merely a line on the credits. Not so with Mary Mapes.

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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00

'A Walk in the Woods' is no walk in the park

Truth be told, the funny in Bill Bryson's memoir, A Walk in the Woods, was over mid-way. Uproarious laughter in the first half, but then it limped along for the rest of the tale of two unfit men walking the Appalachian Trail. More truth: the movie flattens long before the middle.

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Minimalist to the extreme, "All Is Lost" proves the adage that less certainly can be more. Under the astute direction of J.C. Chandor, with a mesmerizing performance by Robert Redford, the pared down, unpretentious story is simple. Alone on a 39 foot yacht, the central character finds himself stranded in the Indian Ocean, 1700 nautical miles from the Sumatra Straits.

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Director Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" immediately establishes the "company" of the title with archival footage of the 1960s radical Weather Underground. The fictionalized film jumps to the present as one of the previous members, Sharon Solarz, prepares to turn herself in for involvement in a Michigan bank heist that left an officer dead three decades ago.

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Forty-nine-year-old Buck Brannaman is already a legend in horse riders' circles and among working cowboys. The documentary Buck about his early life and who he became as he survived those years will, I hope, spread his inspirational attitude to everyone, because Buck is an extraordinary human being, embodying sincere politeness and heartfelt humanity, all the more surprising given his upbringing.

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