Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Dresser (2015) Reviewed by Anita: ***

Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins give a tour-de-force performance in the STARZ original movie The Dresser.   A British play about life in the theater.  Richard Eyre adopted the idea for television based on the work of Ron Harwood.  It recently aired … Continue reading

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The Out of Towners (1970) Reviewed by Anita: **.5

As we gear up for the big summer vacation time I suggest you take a minute and watch Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis in The Out of Towners.  Directed by Arthur Hiller, this film is about the most awful 24 hrs … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015) – reviewed by George

This film has exactly the same credits as Part 1 since both parts were filmed on the same shoot, except for the tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman. The films were released about a year apart. This installment is basically a … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) – reviewed by George

The third of four Hunger Games movies, this is grimmer and darker than #1, and somewhat grimmer and darker than # 2. Despite dark subject matter # 1 was mostly outdoors, and # 2 had some well-lit outdoor scenes too. … Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Web (1973) – reviewed by George

This animated cartoon version of E.B.White’s book is really fun. It was directed by Charles Nichols and Iwao Takamoto, and it tells the tale of a spring pig destined to become bacon come wintertime. But Wilbur (voice by Henry Gibson) … Continue reading

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Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) – reviewed by George

Directed by Ridley Scott (and dedicated to Ridley’s brother Tony), and written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Jeffery Caine and Steven Zaillian, with score by Alberto Iglesias, the film begins with words: “1300 BCE. For 400 years the … Continue reading

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Woman in the Moon (1929) – reviewed by George

This beautiful black-and-white silent movie boasts a remarkable restoration: sharp and clear with all the shades of gray intact. It’s like looking at a film made this year. The score is interesting too: a piano is used rather than the … Continue reading

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Smart Captioning (but still counted as Dumb # 38): “Live with Kelly” – Season 4, Episode 187, May 26, 2016

Today Kelly’s cohost was Andy Cohen, and one of her guests was Susan Lucci plugging the upcoming return of “Devious Maids”. Kelly announced that one of Andy’s ambitions had always been to do an “All My Children” scene with Susan, … Continue reading

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Dumb Caption # 37 – Person of Interest, Season 5, Episode 6, “A More Perfect Union”

This is more strange than dumb, because it wasn’t even necessary, since it wasn’t reporting on what was said. A wedding DJ says: “And now it’s time for everyone to get on the floor for the last dance.” And the … Continue reading

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Tarzan (2013) – reviewed by George

Here is another movie that has gotten horrible press, and doesn’t deserve it. You just can’t go to a movie and expect to see what you want; you have to be free for the experience, whatever changes may’ve been made … Continue reading

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