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Two films that are positively uplifting and worth your time
Two films that are positively uplifting and worth your time
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

Step Up

Directed by Anne Fletcher

Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Damaine Radcliff,

De'Shawn Washington, Mario, Drew Sidora, Rachel Griffiths

Josh Henderson

Now playing

Invincible

Directed by: Ericson Core

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks,

Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli

Now playing

In these days of loose cannon politicians, a never-ending war in the Middle East, and just about every other calamity imaginable, isn't it great to go to the movies and see something that really lifts your spirit and heartens your soul? For sure, for sure. And if you haven't yet gotten a chance to see the visually appealing and aurally appealing 'Step Up', then you need to get yourself to a theater and see it now.

Using just about every piece of information from other dance films ('Fame', 'Dirty Dancing', and the like), this film still manages to be fresh and completely disarming. With the simple plot of a kid from the bad side of town, (Channing Tatum) coming to work with a dancer with a dream of future stardom in her head (Jenna Dewan), after the 'bad kid' gets caught wrecking props at a 'Fame' like art school, 'Step Up' is this year's feel good film.

Particularly impressive are the dances between Tatum and Dewan, which form the core of the film, as well as the splashy dance numbers the two choreograph together, as an important recital approaches and various obstacles threaten to derail young Nora's (Dewan) hopes for dance stardom. I can honestly say this is one of the best films I've seen all year, and one that'll leave you giddy with joy and hope.

Another hopeful film, which had the audience I saw it with cheering in their seats, is the true story of football legend Vince Papale, the bartender who took the Philadelphia Eagles to victory in the mid-seventies. Starring Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale, the film dives right in, showing the difficult times Philadelphia was suffering, as factories closed and workers lost their jobs, or had to go on strike for better working conditions or salaries.

Framed against this dire background, Wahlberg portrays Papale as a man with heart, who cares not only for his friends, but also about the team they all rallly around to keep them going in the tough times, the Philadelphia Eagles. His determination to succeed for himself and his city carry him and the new coach, Vince Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) to victory against very tough odds, and give his friends something to cheer about, finally. An absolutely marvelous film, 'Invincible' is one of those 'everyman' type of films that'll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy, and believing that anything is possible.

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