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Little Boy movie review: faith-based bomb

A shamefully miscalculated tale of whimsy and come-to-Jesus inspiration with a bizarrely inappropriate haze of Norman Rockwell-esque nostalgia. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of “faith-based” movies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In a seaside town “like you see in postcards” in 1940s California, eight-year-old Pepper Flynt Busbee (Jakob Salvati: Escape from Tomorrow) is sad, because his best friend — his father (Michael Rapaport: The Heat, Hitch) — has gone off to fight against the Japs in the Pacific. Mom (Emily Watson: Everest, A Royal Night Out) was always the one to bring the two buddies back down to Earth from their pretend adventures, but she cannot stop Pepper now: he has been convinced by comic-book and movie-serial hero Ben Eagle the Magician (Ben Chaplin: Cinderella, War Book) and local priest Father Oliver (Tom Wilkinson: Unfinished Business,
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Ali Landry -- Out for Revenge ... El Chapo's Arrest Just the Start (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_fgxer3ys"]] Ali Landry is one step closer to getting justice for her slain family members now that El Chapo is behind bars. The former Miss USA is married to Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Monteverde, whose father and brother were kidnapped and killed last year in Mexico. The crime went down in an area known for drug cartel violence. So Tuesday night in L.A. we asked what she thought about El Chapo's capture. It's clear from her
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Former Table 8 Restaurant Owner Pleads No Contest to Trying to Murder Ex-Girlfriend’s Fetus

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Former Table 8 Restaurant Owner Pleads No Contest to Trying to Murder Ex-Girlfriend’s Fetus
The former co-owner of the Table 8 restaurants in Los Angeles and South Beach has pleaded no contest to attempted murder, after trying to induce a miscarriage on his ex-girlfriend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday. Joshua Woodward entered the plea to one count of attempted murder before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe. Woodward, 43, is expected to be sentenced to nine years in state prison when he returns to court Jan. 29. Also Read: Mexican Police Arrest 6 for Murder of Alejandro Monteverde and Ali Landry's Family Members According to prosecutors, Woodward attempted to induce the.
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Mexican Police Arrest 6 for Murder of Alejandro Monteverde and Ali Landry’s Family Members

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Mexican Police Arrest 6 for Murder of Alejandro Monteverde and Ali Landry’s Family Members
Mexican police have arrested six people in northern Mexico in connection with the killing of director Alejandro Monteverde’s father and brother. Federal police Chief Francisco Galindo said the arrests were made during an operation on Saturday in the south of Tamaulipas state while the suspects were holding six Central American migrants hostage, according to Fox News Latino. The gang suspected of the brutal murders has been linked to at least 20 cases of kidnapping or homicide. “A special mass for our family yesterday in Monterrey with family and friends. We are very grateful for all of your love and support!
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Ali Landry Speaks Out After Murders of Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law: It Will "Profoundly Affect Our Lives Forever"

Ali Landry Speaks Out After Murders of Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law: It Will
Family first. After her father-in-law and brother-in-law were murdered last month in Mexico, a grieving Ali Landry spoke out for the first time via social media this past weekend. "Icymi," the former Miss USA began, alongside a WhoSay photo of her late father-in-law, Juan Manuel Gómez Fernández, and brother-in-law, Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde. "I want to thank all of you for your love, support and prayers during this time of grief." Landry's in-laws, the dad and sibling of her film director husband, Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, were found dead [...]
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Ali Landry's Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law Were Dead for Several Days Before Bodies Were Found, Authorities Say

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Ali Landry's Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law Were Dead for Several Days Before Bodies Were Found, Authorities Say
Ali Landry's father-in-law and brother-in-law had already been dead for several days before their bodies were found and identified by family members, authorities said in a statement. Juan Manuel Gómez Fernández and Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde, the dad and brother of Landry's film director husband, Alejandro Monteverde, were found dead on September 19. The bodies were discovered in Pueblo Viejo, a remote part of the Veracruz region. According to the report from the state's attorney general, both father and son suffered brain trauma. The report also said they [...]
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Kyle Richards Visits Grieving Ali Landry, Husband After Family Members Were Found Murdered

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Kyle Richards Visits Grieving Ali Landry, Husband After Family Members Were Found Murdered
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards visited her grieving friends Ali Landry and Alejandro Gomez Monteverde at their Hollywood home on Thursday, Sept. 24, after the couple's family members were found dead in Mexico this weekend. Richards, 46, dressed in black workout attire as she stopped by to pay a visit to the former Miss USA and her director husband. She also brought along her youngest daughter, Portia, who was photographed outside of the couple's home. The Latin Times reported this week that the bodies of [...]
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Ali Landry's Family Tragedy

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Ali Landry's Family Tragedy
Devastating news for Ali Landry and husband Alejandro Gomez Monteverde.

According to the Latin Times and People, the father-in-law and brother-in-law of the former Miss USA were found dead in Veracruz, Mexico, approximately two weeks after they were kidnapped from their home in Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Juan Manuel Gomez Fernendez and his son, Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde, were reportedly found dead in El Chachalaco, both with traumatic brain and head injuries.

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Fernendez and Monteverde were reportedly kidnapped on September 4.

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Ali Landry, Husband Alejandro Gomez Monteverde Scatter Family Members' Ashes

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Ali Landry, Husband Alejandro Gomez Monteverde Scatter Family Members' Ashes
Saying one final farewell. Former Miss USA Ali Landry and her husband, film director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, scattered the ashes of his late father and brother off the coast of Tampico, Mexico, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, Us Weekly confirms. Additionally, a mass for the two men will be held at a Los Angeles church on Friday, Sept. 25. Monteverde’s father and brother were both found dead on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Veracruz, Mexico, after being kidnapped and held hostage for 16 days. According to the Latin Times, Landry’s [...]
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Ali Landry's Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law Found Dead, Murdered in Mexico After Kidnapping

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Ali Landry's Father-in-Law, Brother-in-Law Found Dead, Murdered in Mexico After Kidnapping
The father-in-law and brother-in-law of former Miss USA Ali Landry were found dead this past weekend in Veracruz, Mexico, after being kidnapped and held for ransom. According to the Latin Times, Landry's father-in-law, Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez, and her brother-in-law, Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde — the father and brother of the star's husband, filmmaker Alejandro Gomez Monteverde — were discovered dead in the remote town of Pueblo Viejo this past Saturday, Sept. 19. The victims were held hostage for 16 days after reportedly being kidnapped outside of their [...]
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Director Alejandro Monteverde’s Father and Brother Found Dead After Being Taken Hostage

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Director Alejandro Monteverde’s Father and Brother Found Dead After Being Taken Hostage
Award-winning director Alejandro Monteverde and wife Ali Landry are in mourning following the deaths of Monteverde’s father and brother, TheWrap has learned. Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez and his son, also named Juan Manuel, were kidnapped in Tampico, Mexico, after leaving their home on Sept. 4. The two men’s bodies were found in Veracruz, Mexico, on Sept. 19. Each had reportedly suffered severe head injuries. A ransom was paid for the pair’s release but the kidnappers didn’t keep their word, the Latin Times reported. Also Read: 'Little Boy' Review: Faith-Based Drama Revisits Anti-Asian Racism During WWII Landry
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Faith-Based Drama ‘Little Boy’ Gets Belittled By Critics: ‘Shameless,’ ‘Manipulative,’ ‘Stupid’

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Faith-Based Drama ‘Little Boy’ Gets Belittled By Critics: ‘Shameless,’ ‘Manipulative,’ ‘Stupid’
The studio description of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey‘s new faith-based film “Little Boy” calls it “powerful and moving,” but the majority of critics prefer adjectives like “manipulative,” “shameless” and “deeply stupid.” The drama set in a sleepy California town during World War II has a mere 12 percent approval rating from a total of 33 critics counted, so far, on Rotten Tomatoes. Alejandro Monteverde (“Bella”) directed the PG-13 family-oriented film about eight-year-old Pepper (Jakob Salvati), nicknamed Little Boy for his short stature, who befriends elderly Hashimoto (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), a Japanese-American man regularly tormented by racist townspeople, while waiting for his.
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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 24; What Will You See?

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, April 24; What Will You See?
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 24. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide The Age of Adaline Director: Lee Toland Krieger Cast: Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford, Amanda Crew, Richard Harmon, Michiel Huisman Synopsis: "After 29-year-old Adaline recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on and on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself -- till she meets a man who changes her life." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (10 reviews) Little Boy Director: Alejandro Gomez Monteverde Cast: Emily Watson, David Henrie, Kevin James, Michael Rapaport, Ted Levine, Tom Wilkinson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Abraham Benrubi, Ben Chaplin, Ali Landry, Toby Huss, Kelly Greyson Synopsis: "A young American boy tries to bring his father back from World War II." Criticwire Grade Average: C- (6 reviews) The Water...
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Little Boy – The Review

So, what’s the cure for overloading on the all-depressing news (now bombarding you with 24-hour cable channels along with the “interweb”)? Well, a time machine would be great. Imagine pulling the lever on Rod Taylor’s 1960 model or Doc Brown’s DeLorean-based 1985 sweet ride (thirty years, can’t be!). Too bad they don’t exist, but buying a ticket at the multiplex can whisk you away for a couple of hours or so, right? The feel-good nostalgia flick has become almost as popular a genre as the haunted house spook show or the sports “underdog” story. The 1940’s have proved a most popular destination for, well over forty years (remember Summer Of 42 back in 71’?). It’s been the setting for a very recent Oscar winner, The Imitation Game, and even a big superhero blockbuster with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hey, we just visited it two weeks ago in
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Wamg’s Guide To 2015 Family Films

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Going to see a movie is a great idea for weekend family outings, but sometimes it can be difficult to find movies that are appropriate and enjoyable for the whole family! We’ve put together a list of the best upcoming film releases that are a must-see for the whole family.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a list of the top ten movies to catch with your family this year, starting with the uplifting and inspiring Little Boy in theaters this Friday April 24th!

Little Boy

This is the type of movie that will resonate with everyone in the family! Little Boy is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Little Boy’ With Kevin James, Emily Watson

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new war dramedy “Little Boy” starring Kevin James, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson and introducing Jakob Salvati as the little boy!

Little Boy,” which opens on April 24, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Michael Rapaport, Ben Chaplin, Ted Levine, David Henrie, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Abraham Benrubi, Eduardo Verástegui and Toby Huss from writer and director Alejandro Monteverde and writer Pepe Portillo.

To win your free “Little Boy” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

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Film Review: ‘Little Boy’

God helps those who help not only themselves, but also the less fortunate in their midst — or so goes the tidy moral logic of “Little Boy,” a cloying and callous WWII-era parable about how faith can move mountains, overcome prejudice, and even rob death of its sting. Making an ambitious follow-up to his Toronto audience award-winning debut, “Bella” (2007), writer-director Alejandro Monteverde brings a sledgehammer touch to the story of a small-town runt who hopes that his string of good deeds will bring his beloved father home from the front lines. Insofar as subtlety is rarely deemed a virtue where the vast majority of “faith-based” entertainment is concerned, this relentlessly manipulative drama just might connect with its target audience, even if saddled with a PG-13 rating that exec producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett lobbied unsuccessfully to have downgraded to a more family-friendly PG.

To its credit, the movie (which Open
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Little Boy in St. Louis

Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of the upcoming film Little Boy.

Little Boy is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son.

Set in the 1940s, Little Boy is an instant cinematic classic that captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a 7- year-old little boy. Written and directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winning director Alejandro Monteverde, Little Boy highlights themes of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity.

A moviegoing experience for all ages, Little Boy features an all-star cast/crew including Oscar nominated actors Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson as well as Ben Chaplin,
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Open Road's 'Little Boy' Receives The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative Laurels

The Creative Coalition has announced that acclaimed director Alejandro Monteverde’s "Little Boy" is the latest selection to be included in the organization’s prestigious 2015 Spotlight Initiative Film Slate. "Little Boy" is a narrative film that reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son. "Little Boy" is distributed by Open Road Films and opens in theaters on April 24, 2015.

“'Little Boy' embodies the tenets of the Spotlight Initiative by using the powerful medium of film to highlight a period in history with lessons that are relevant to social welfare today,” said Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition. Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, said, “On behalf of 'Little Boy,' we feel tremendously appreciative to be chosen for the Spotlight Initiative. The program helps nurture the most creative area of moviemaking – independent film – helping ensure that the artistic creativity of indie film flourishes.”

The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative is an integrated partnership that champions the art and craft of independent filmmaking by providing cause-related marketing strategies and issue campaign resources that allow the film’s message to reach beyond the movie screen. By bringing in influencers from the business, entertainment, arts, and policy arenas to support Spotlight Initiative films, The Creative Coalition is able to promote socially relevant, independent filmmaking.

"Little Boy" is a powerful and moving film about a little boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. The heartwarming story will capture your heart and lift your spirits as it reveals the indescribable love a little boy has for his father and the love a father has for his son.

Set in the 1940s, "Little Boy" is an instant cinematic classic that captures the wonder of life through the eyes of a seven-year-old little boy. A moviegoing experience for all ages, "Little Boy" features an all-star cast/crew including Oscar® nominated actors Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson as well as Ben Chaplin, Michael Rapaport, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ted Levine, David Henrie, Eduardo Verástegui, and newcomer Jakob Salvati.

The film is directed by Smithsonian Institute Award winning director Alejandro Monteverde ("Bella") from a screenplay by Monteverde and Pepe Portillo. Executive produced by Eduardo Verástegui, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, Emilio Azcárraga Jean, Bernardo Gómez Martinez, Mickey O’Hare, and Sean Wolfington, the film is produced by Leo Severino, Eduardo Verástegui, and Alejandro Monteverde. The film is co-executive produced by Ricardo Del Río Galnares.
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Eduardo Verastegui Sets ‘Little Boy’ Promotion for World War II Vets

Eduardo Verastegui Sets ‘Little Boy’ Promotion for World War II Vets
Eduardo Verastegui, a producer and star of Open Road’s upcoming film “Little Boy,” is offering World War II veterans free tickets to the film, Variety has learned exclusively.

“The freedom that Americans enjoy is because of the sacrifices of these valiant men and women,” said Verastegui. “In light of that, I would like to give two tickets to World War II veterans to thank them and so they can experience the healing power of ‘Little Boy.’”

Little Boy” is the story of a young boy who sets out to achieve the impossible: to bring his father back from World War II. The film is narrated in the present day by the boy’s adult self, looking back at his childhood in the fictional 1940s-era town of O’Hare, Calif.

More than 16 million Americans served in World War II. It’s estimated that 855,000 of them are still alive.

Tickets are available through Verastegui’s www.
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