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January 04, 2009

The Dish

Dish The 1000 ton radio telescope in Parkes, Australia that transmitted Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon, is the leading character in "The Dish." It’s a movie about local people in a remote community contributing to a crucial moment in the history of the world. Director Rob Sitch ("The Castle") compares the physical scale of human achievements to give perspective to a developing cultural identity. A satellite dish sitting in the middle of an Australian sheep farm might not sound like the most compelling subject to base a story around, but there are hidden charms in this graceful film that add up to something quite out of the ordinary.
Rated PG-13. 100 mins. (B) (Three Stars)

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