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The Quick Take for February 14, 2014

Streaming Picks

Ender's Game, the new film based on the popular 1985 sci-fi novel, is now available on demand and Amazon Instant Video (read CT's review here).

Grace Unplugged, a film about a young Christian girl with big musical dreams, is also available to rent on Amazon (Crosswalk.com has a review here).

Miss Annie Rooney, best known as the film in which Shirley Temple has her first on-screen kiss, is on Netflix.

And for a Valentine's Day pick, Take Me Home is about "the road less traveled," written, directed, and starred in by Sam Jaeger and his wife Amber.

Critics Roundup

This week, critics and movie lovers alike celebrated the life and talent of Shirley Temple Black, who died on Sunday at the age of 85. Aljean Harmetz for The New York Times remembers her "sparkling personality and sunny optimism" that "lifted spirits and made her famous." Harmetz also notes something to be admired: when the star retired from the screen at age 22, "instead of retreating into nostalgia, she created a successful second career for herself." Read the Times' full piece about Shirley Temple, the rare child star who "grew up to be a level-headed adult." It's possible to say she was not an actress in the way we understand it today. Richard Corliss says in Time that "Temple was more an expert stimulator of whatever emotion the director called for." As a child, Shirley Temple wanted to please the widest audience and did so, "sensationally." Leonard Maltin remembers meeting Shirley Temple and says, "It wasn't just the golden curls or her singing and dancing " that made us fall in love with her, but her "elusive commodity known as ...

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