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2016: Obama's America - Cinemark Valley View / LockKeepers

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Cinemark Valley View Theater

6001 Canal Rd · Cleveland, OH

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2016: Obama’s America (2012)

2016 Obama's America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world's most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man's past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, "If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?" Across the globe and in America, people in 2008, hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America's ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama. What they didn't know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him -- who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world. Love him or hate him, you don't know him. -- (C) Official Site

4:30 p.m. – The Movie – Cinemark Valley View, 6001 Canal Road, just north of Rockside Road, Valley View, 44125.

6:30 p.m. – Dinner at LockKeepers, 8001 Rockside Road (just around corner from Canal Road), Valley View, Ohio 44125,[masked]
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The New York Times: Documentary Exploring Obama’s Political Roots
‘2016: Obama’s America,’ Directed by Dinesh D’Souza
Published: August 12, 2012
Dinesh D’Souza — the author of the best seller “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” and a former American Enterprise Institute fellow — is not a fan of President Obama. The strident documentary “2016: Obama’s America” (co-directed with John Sullivan) builds on Mr. D’Souza’s 2010 cover article for Forbes, which asserts that Mr. Obama pursues his father’s left-leaning, “anticolonial” ideals. Here they are presented as flaws consistent with the senior Obama’s multiple relationships, alcoholism and fatal auto accident in 1982.
Mr. D’Souza argues that the president has emasculated NASA, refused to take a “meaningful step” against Iran’s nuclear ambitions and is willing to let Argentina reclaim the Falkland Islands from the British. He paints in ominous terms the president’s conciliatory 2009 speech in Cairo and envisions a foreboding future in which the Middle East becomes a “United States of Islam.”
Echoing his views are Paul Vitz, a New York University psychology professor; Daniel Pipes, a founder of the Middle East Forum, who says that “the state of Israel is seen as a horrible entity” by the administration; the writer and academic Paul Kengor; and the former Comptroller General David Walker, who warns about the national debt.
Mr. D’Souza revives figures tied to Mr. Obama by conservative critics in the last election, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright; the Chicago educator, activist and former radical Bill Ayers; and Edward Said, a Palestinian scholar and a professor of Mr. Obama’s at Columbia, who died in 2003. Mr. D’Souza stumbles when interviewing George Obama, the president’s half-brother, an activist who voluntarily lives amid squalor in Nairobi, Kenya. “Obama has not done anything to help you,” Mr. D’Souza says. “He’s taking care of me; I’m part of the world,” George Obama replies.
Eventually, we see blunt imagery like Benjamin Franklin’s face on a burning $100 bill and a shot of the Statue of Liberty. Not interviewed by the filmmakers are Obama’s political supporters, but this isn’t that kind of documentary. At a show on Saturday night, the film’s conclusion was met with claps and cries of “Romney!,” “Ron Paul!,” “Reagan!” and “Another Reagan!”
“2016: Obama’s America” is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested) for strong language and smoking.
Variety - 2016: Obama's America
A Rocky Mountain Pictures release of an OAF presentation of a Gerald R. Molen production. Produced by Molen, Ann Balong, Doug Sain. Executive producers, Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan, Christopher Williams. Directed, written by Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan, based on the book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by D'Souza.
With: Dinesh D'Souza, Shelby Steele, Paul Vitz, Alice Dewey, Paul Kengor, Willy Kauai, George Obama, Philip Ochieng, Joseph Ojiru, Daniel Pipes, David Walker.
Conservative author and political commentator Dinesh D'Souza attempts to distill and expand upon the theories, investigations and accusations in his bestselling tome "The Roots of Obama's Rage" with the somewhat less inflammatorily titled "2016: Obama's America." The slickly produced and aggressively provocative docu conceivably could turn a tidy profit through limited theatrical runs and in various homescreen platforms by passionately preaching to the converted.
Co-directed and co-scripted by D'Souza and producer John Sullivan ("Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed"), "2016" employs a brisk montage of snappy visuals, re-enactments, talking-head interviews and first-person commentary to render President Obama as a clear and present danger whose socialist governing philosophy has been indelibly colored by radical influences ranging from his African-born father (a rabid anti-colonialist) to the notorious Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
For the bulk of its running time, the pic comes off as a cavalcade of conspiracy theories, psycho-politico conjectures and incendiary labeling -- "breathtakingly anti-America" is only one of the epithets tossed about like so much confetti -- as D'Souza and assorted interviewees question Obama's patriotism, deny his support of Israel, decry his Big Government programs, and generally recycle claims, charges and dire warnings D'Souza (and others) have previously promulgated in books, lectures, op-ed screeds and various Fox News guest appearances.
To his credit, D'Souza pointedly avoids the extremes of birther fanatics -- early on, he announces Obama was born in Honolulu, and that's that.
And while it's highly unlikely that anyone predisposed to championing Obama would be won over by the sound and fury here, there's no gainsaying the value of "2016" as a sort of Cliffs Notes precis of the conservative case against the re-election of our current U.S. president (whose second term, it should be noted, actually would end in January 2017).
Among the interviewees, conservative Shelby Steele -- who is, like Obama, the product of a mixed-race marriage -- stands out by sounding, if not entirely convincing, then intelligently plausible as he postulates that many white Americans voted for Obama in 2008 primarily to prove to themselves that they weren't racist. It's one of the few propositions espoused in the pic that even Obama supporters might be willing to chew over as food for thought. On the other hand, perhaps it should be taken with a grain of salt: Steele -- author of a 2007 book titled "A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win -- gives short shrift to the equally credible scenario that many other whites didn't vote for Obama primarily because of his color.
The deft editing and overall technical polish -- as well as a generous travel budget -- go a long way toward making the pic an attention-grabber. During one-on-one interviews, however, D'Souza occasionally undermines the seriousness of his intent by including reaction shots of himself responding with overly vigorous nods of agreement, which have the rather unfortunate effect of recalling comic shtick common to segments of "The Daily Show."
Camera (color); editors, Victoria Sillano, Simon James, Michael Nicholas; music, Calvin Jones; art director, Colin Warde; sound, David Hanon. Reviewed at Edwards Marq*E Cinema, Houston, July 26, 2012. MPAA Rating: PG. Running time: 87 MIN.
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