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Stories for July 12, 2008

Tuya's Marriage

July 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Tuya (Yu Nan) is a survivor and she'll do whatever it takes to keep her family together. Her husband Bater, a herdsman, injured his legs trying to build a well years ago. Having a well is a necessity in the Mongolian grassland that is fast drying up. While trying to help a neighbor in trouble, Tuya injures her back and is told by doctors that she can no longer do the physically demanding tasks that she has been. This forces her to seek a divorce so that she can marry someone who can better provide for her than Bater. But Tuya is stubborn and loyal. As she seeks a new husband, she tells her suitors that they must be willing to provide not only for her and her children but also for Bater.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

July 12
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Practicing Patience in Poland

July 12
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries
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KPBS Commentaries

July 12
By Kdiamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Journey to the Center of the Earth

July 12
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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I already wasted 90 minutes of my life seeing this film, let me try not to waste much more reviewing it. That may sound mean but it doesn't seem like the filmmakers put much more of an effort into making the film. Brendan Fraser took on executive producing the film, and from an actor's point of view I can't see what would have been attractive - except maybe the paycheck. Fraser, a likable but unsubtle actor, plays Trevor Anderson, a scientist still obsessed with his brother's disappearance during a trip down a volcano in Iceland. When a little seismic activity peaks his interest, Anderson takes his visiting nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson) on a wild adventure to the volcano. They are joined by a guide named Hannah (Anita Briem), but none of them is prepared for what they find when they head down the volcano.