Category Archives: J

La Jetee (The Pier) (1962) – reviewed by George

This 28 minute film, widely regarded as a classic (and the basis for 12 Monkeys), consists of black&white still photographs which with score and narration, tell the story of a young boy who has been brought to the main pier … Continue reading

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Rowan Atkinson in “Johnny English Strikes Again” (2018) – reviewed by George

At MI7 one lone night duty agent (Kevin Eldon) is monitoring all the screens in the data room. Except he’s not. He’s playing games on his cell phone. So when someone starts revealing the identities of all of MI7’s agents, … Continue reading

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Rowan Atkinson in “Johnny English Reborn” (2011) – reviewed by George

This is magnificent movie-making. Agent One (Eric Carte) has a problem. A contact will only talk to Johnny English, and his information is sorely needed. But English did a cockup in Mozambique five years ago that really disgraced MI7, and … Continue reading

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Rowan Atkinson in “Johnny English” (2003) – reviewed by George

Johnny English sneaks into a mansion, past guard dogs, armed men, and one armed woman. He proceeds with great panache and total confidence, winning all encounters. Then his daydream is interrupted. He’s told that Agent One (Greg Wise) is on … Continue reading

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Jinnah (1998) – reviewed by George

This film was recently shown on Turner Classic Movies, but not just as a TCM Premiere; it was The North American Premiere. Apparently the film has run into lots of what might be called Active Disinterest, as well as Active … Continue reading

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John Carter of Mars (2009) – reviewed by George

Edited, Written, and Directed by Mark Atkins, this is a pretty good science-fiction movie. It has one big problem: it was shot on a TV budget (filmed for the Sy-Fy Channel), and I have seen the Disney version of 2012, … Continue reading

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Jungle Book 2016 Reviewed by Anita ***.5

Get out and see Jungle Book.  This new live action version is a real visual treat.  The animals are amazing, life-like yet not.  The cast is superb.  Bill Murray is a natural as Baloo.  I love how HE sang Bear Necessities  off-key … Continue reading

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Jurassic World (2015) – Reviewed by George

Staged as a sequel, this is nevertheless a remake. Like the earlier films, the plot involves hubris and greed against bravery and PETA. After all, animals should be treated ethically, even if they are patented. But who really cares that … Continue reading

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Jeux de Glaces (2012) – reviewed by George

This French-language film-for-television is part of a French series called Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie (The Little Murders of Agatha Christie). It is based on her novel “They Do It with Mirrors”, a Jane Marple mystery which has been filmed … Continue reading

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Jupiter Ascending (2015) Reviewed by Anita 2.5 star

Jupiter Ascending is a great idea.  That is when things start to fall short.  This space opera meets Wizard of OZ has a lot of great stunts, action and for the most part a decent story line.  Sadly its lost … Continue reading

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