Category Archives: A

April Showers (1948) – reviewed by George

Eventually Warners followed MGM in filming musicals in color, but not yet in 1948 – this is black-and-white. The film starts with a shot of a old theater. There’s a title on screen: San Francisco in the Good Old Days, … Continue reading

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“Agatha” (1978) and “Agatha and the Truth of Murder” (2018) – reviewed by George

Agatha Miller was born in 1890. She wrote 66 detective novels, 14 short story collections, and, as Mary Westmacott, 6 romance novels. She married Colonel Archibald Christie on Christmas Eve 1914, and gave birth to her only child Rosalind in … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Tintin: “The Castafiore Emerald” (1992) – reviewed by George

This “The Adventures of Tintin” is an animated TV series that consisted of 22-minute episodes, and most stories (like this one) required two episodes to tell. It was a French-Canadian co-production shown on HBO in 1991 and ’92, and as … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Tintin (2011) – reviewed by George

I’ve read the Tintin graphic novels by Herge, I’ve seen the cartoon series of Tintin adventures, and I love Tintin, but this was overwhelming. Thrilling, inspiring, delightful, completely absorbing, and totally enthralling. One of the best films I’ve ever seen.¬†Perhaps … Continue reading

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Arabesque (1966) – reviewed by George

“Arabesque” means either s decorative design that employs outlines of living things to form a pattern of interlaced lines, or a ballet position. After thinking that neither definition applied, I decided that the design thing actually works, because the crucial … Continue reading

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Ant-Man (2015) – reviewed by George

A really good, really different super-hero movie. Paul Rudd is one of my favorite actors, always seeming self-effacing, but always rising to meet whatever challenges are presented. He seems that way even in his comedies. With that as his usual … Continue reading

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) – reviewed by George

Such fun! A talented cast of adults and young people make this slapstick comedy totally enjoyable. As per the title, it all revolves around Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) and his family: Dad Ben (Steve Carell), Mom Kelly (Jennifer Garner), older brother … Continue reading

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Arthur Christmas (2011) – reviewed by George

Aardman Animation is renowned for clever, warm-hearted, very funny films, shorts, and TV shows, and this big feature film is no exception. It deals with a dysfunctional family at Christmas: the Clauses. The family consists of Santa (Malcolm), Mrs. Claus … Continue reading

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The Alphabet Murders (1965, UK; 1966, USA) – reviewed by George

I love Poirot. It started with a family vacation at a lake in Missouri. I was about 13, and there was no TV in our cabin, so we took turns reading a few chapters each night of “Sad Cypress” by … Continue reading

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American Hustle (2013) – reviewed by George

Although Netflix classifies this film as a period drama, a crime drama, and an indie drama, I still expected comedy because of a few reviews I had read. Well, Netflix is right; this is not a funny movie. I hated … Continue reading

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