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End-of-life movie review: The Bucket List

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 23, 2012 at 7:00 AM


This delightful 2007 movie directed by Rob Reiner and written by Justin Zackham focuses on the joy of living fully during one’s last days instead of on the tragic aspects of dying. The story centers around two main characters, Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) and Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) who are both olde...

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End-of-life movie review - Death: A Love Story

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 9, 2012 at 7:00 AM


Death: A Love Story is a documentary film by Michelle Le Brun that was co-produced with her deceased husband, filmmaker Mel Howard. For this movie Michelle and Mel turned the camera on themselves as they traced the story of Mel’s battle with liver cancer, diagnosed just 2 years ...

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End-of-life movie review: Terms of Endearment

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM


I have never forgotten the impact “Terms of Endearment” made on me when I first saw it nearly 30 years ago. I was young and single, had never had children and had never lost someone close to me other than my grandparents. This movie stunned me and confro...

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End-of-life movie review: Life as a House

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM


Life as a House, a 2001 film directed by Irwin Winkler is one of my all-time favorite end-of-life movies. Kevin Kline stars as George, an unhappy architect, who is fired from his job and diagnosed with terminal...

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Friday end-of-life movie review: 50/50 is so-so

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM


Inspired by a true story, 50/50 deals with Adam, a 27-year-old man diagnosed with a rare form of spinal cancer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The movie chronicles Adam’s course of treatment and his struggle to accept his diagnosis with the help of his best friend, played ...

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