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Green Zone

I hate the war in Iraq. It’s ambiguous, never-ending, divisive, thousands have died and to this day I am not sure why and I believe no one ever will. With WWII it is simple on paper: Hitler was an evil man with intentions to rule all of Europe, hence he had to be stopped. In 2003 the United-States invaded Iraq for a couple of reasons, including ties to terrorism, but mostly because of Weapons of Mass Destruction. A popular joke I kept hearing around that time was “Of course the Americans know Saddam has weapons. They kept the receipts!” Years later it seems pretty clear that whether or not receipt were kept, the WMD program was not updated by the time George W. Bush decided it was time to take down Saddam Hussein.

Green Zone begins shortly after the end of the war when Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his men have to fend off a sniper in order to enter a building where chemicals weapons are located, according to the latest intelligence reports. They waste their time when they put on…

Alice in Wonderland in 3D

Down the rabbit hole we go. And who better to lead us there this time than Tim Burton? He is an expert at crafting movies that are both visually arresting and populated with quirky characters. The Wonderland characters are played by his regular gang of friends: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Alan Rickman as the blue caterpillar and Christopher Lee even briefly lends his voice to the Jabberwocky. This feels like a chess board where all the right pieces have been placed in the perfect place for a smashing victory.

This version of the tale is familiar at first, but evolves into something new as the story progresses. Alice, played by newcomer Mia Wasikowska, is now 19 and about to be married to a Hamish (Leo Bill) a man not interested in imagination, which is a shame because Alice loved her father’s ability to think of six impossible things to do before breakfast. When Hamish pops the question, in front of an entire family gathering, Alice panics and …