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The New World

Movie poster for "The New World."

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Pastoral landscapes, swelling instrumentals and gripping narratives make "The New World" a compelling recount of the Thanksgiving settlers we've heard about since early childhood. At the heart of this movie is a story of love found and lost, but don't let that sway your opinion. There's plenty of action, too. Still, the dynamic between John Smith (Colin Farrell) and native princess Pocahontas -- each sent reeling by a clash between cultures -- offers a number of scene-stealing moments. In many ways, this movie is a coming of age story, not only for these pivotal characters, but for an emerging nation. Intense, and sometimes unflinchingly poignant, this depiction is worth a watch.

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