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Arlington Road

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Michael Faraday is a recently widowed college history professor living alone with his ten-year-old son Grant in the suburbs of Washington, DC. The death of Michael’s wife Leah, an FBI agent killed in the line of duty, continues to haunt both father and son. Michael and Grant are soon befriended by the Langs, a vivacious, All-American family new to the neighborhood. The parents, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, go out of their way to draw Michael into their lives. Soon, Grant and young Brody Lang become inseparable friends. The Faradays’ long period of mourning seems finally to be over. As the two families become closer, Michael begins to have misgivings about the gregarious Oliver. After catching Oliver in a few insignificant lies, the more Michael learns about Oliver, the more his uneasiness grows. With Grant spending more and more time at the Langs, Michael decides to check into the background of his neighbors. What he discovers deepens the mystery, arousing suspicions that shake Michael to the core of his existence. The Langs are definitely not who they claim to be; but who are they? Why have they come to Washington, DC?

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Arlington Road

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Michael Faraday is a recently widowed college history professor living alone with his ten-year-old son Grant in the suburbs of Washington, DC. The death of Michael’s wife Leah, an FBI agent killed in the line of duty, continues to haunt both father and son. Michael and Grant are soon befriended by the Langs, a vivacious, All-American family new to the neighborhood. The parents, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, go out of their way to draw Michael into their lives. Soon, Grant and young Brody Lang become inseparable friends. The Faradays’ long period of mourning seems finally to be over. As the two families become closer, Michael begins to have misgivings about the gregarious Oliver. After catching Oliver in a few insignificant lies, the more Michael learns about Oliver, the more his uneasiness grows. With Grant spending more and more time at the Langs, Michael decides to check into the background of his neighbors. What he discovers deepens the mystery, arousing suspicions that shake Michael to the core of his existence. The Langs are definitely not who they claim to be; but who are they? Why have they come to Washington, DC?

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Insider, The

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Tratto da un “caso” giudiziario di questi anni, il film racconta dell’incontro fra Jeffrey Wigand, dirigente di una importante compagnia di produzione del tabacco, e Lowell Bergman, produttore del famoso rotocalco televisivo ’60 minutes’. Wigand è stato licenziato perchè dissente dalle politiche aziendali ed è convinto dal producer a testimoniare contro i suoi ex-padroni in una causa che dimostri il potere assuefativo della nicotina, cosa su cui si fondano le strategie di vendita delle aziende del tabacco. La CBS, proprietaria del network televisivo, decide all’ultimo momento di non trasmettere l’intervista, per timore di eventuali azioni legali da parte delle industrie del tabacco. Ma Bergman non si arrende e torna alla carica sulla carta stampata. Il caso finisce al Congresso americano che, nell’autunno del 1999, ratifica un accordo col quale i produttori di sigarette dovranno indennizzare gli stati che hanno fatto loro causa con la cifra di 246 miliardi di dollari. Questa la storia reale, ed anche quella del film.

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