Category Archives: F

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) – reviewed by George

1927, The American Ministry of Magic, New York City: Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is being held pending return to Europe to answer for crimes committed there. Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo) tells the man Spielman (Wolf Roth) who is there to pick … Continue reading

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The Fisher King (1991) – reviewed by George

This is a marvelous movie and completely unexpected (by me) from director Terry Gilliam. Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) is a radio host and personality who takes calls, mostly from repeaters who keep trying to make a point or explain a … Continue reading

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The 15:17 to Paris (2018) – reviewed by George

This picture is based on the true story of three young Americans who foiled a terrorist plot on a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 2015. It begins with their school days and moves on through their young adult lives … Continue reading

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Harold Lloyd in “Feet First” (1930) – reviewed by George

Before I found this film I did not know that Lloyd had ever made a sound film. Now I expect to find a few more along the way. Here Harold plays Harold Horne, a lowly worker at Tanner’s Shoe Store … Continue reading

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Fosse/Verdon: Episode One, April 10, 2019 (2019) – reviewed by George

So very impressive. Unexpectedly touching. Brilliant. And so perfect it doesn’t need exclamation points. Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams, playing Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, deserve every award TV has to offer. I just completed watching episode one which I recorded … Continue reading

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Finian’s Rainbow (1968) – A reassessment by George

I’ve been thinking about this film and my review for days now, and I think I was wrong-headed and heavy-handed. It’s a fantasy, for pete’s sake, and a very lovely one. And if the studio decided to go with the … Continue reading

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The Front Page (1931) – reviewed by George

This is structured like a screwball comedy, but I only laughed once. The corrupt mayor (played by James Gordon) and the corrupt sheriff (Clarence H. Wilson) of a large midwestern city have created a “press room”, complete with telephones for every … Continue reading

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Finian’s Rainbow (1968) – reviewed by George

My first viewing of Fred Astaire’s last film – and what a film! How can I not have seen this before? I was certainly going to the movies in 1968, but maybe this was a road-show with higher-priced tickets. It … Continue reading

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Folies Bergere de Paris (1935) – reviewed by George

The film opens with Maurice Chevalier onstage at the Folies Bergere singing one of his trademark songs, “Valentine” (pronounced Val-awn-tina) by Christine and Willemetz. He is playing Charlier, a renowned stage singer/dancer/comic. When the applause for his solo is over, … Continue reading

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Five Graves to Cairo (1943) – reviewed by George

A lone tank is moving through the desert. As it goes up and down hills, the dead occupants flop backward, then forward. One man turns out to be alive. He calls for someone to fix the exhaust – it’s hard … Continue reading

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