Category Archives: M

Midnight in Paris (2011) – reviewed by George

The film begins with 3 minutes of lovely shots of Paris, rain and shine, day and night, to a background of wonderful slow jazz. Gil (Owen Wilson) is a rich, successful screenwriter who wishes he were a novelist, and is … Continue reading

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My Man Godfrey (1936) – reviewed by George

Mike (Pat Flaherty) is a victim of the depression and Duke (William Powell) is sort of a victim: they are without jobs or a place to live. Actually they have thrown-together shacks to keep the rain away, but those are … Continue reading

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Merton of the Movies (1947) – reviewed by George

Updated from the Stuart Erwin vehicle, this movie cancels the cowboys and substitutes Lawrence Rupert, Master Detective, a lead character played by the actor Lawrence Rupert (Leon Ames). It still starts in a small town, but this time it’s Tinkerton, … Continue reading

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Make Me a Star (1932) – reviewed by George

At Gashwiler’s Emporium in Simsbury (1000+ miles to NYC, 2000+ miles to LA), Mr. Gashwiler (Charles Sellon) has only one clerk/delivery boy/stock boy/ dog’s body – Merton Gill (Stuart Erwin). Merton doesn’t mind being yelled out by the chronically impatient … Continue reading

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Mommie Dearest (1981)-Reviewed by Anita **.5

“No wire hangers—ever!” has achieved the tagline of a life time. It’s the first thing anybody says or remembers when I bring up this docudrama about being Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter Christine Crawford. The film is based on a book … Continue reading

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Mary Shelley (2017) – reviewed by George

In London Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is having problems with her stepmother (Joanne Froggatt), as is her young step-sister Claire (Bel Powley), even though Mary’s stepmother is Claire’s mother. Their father William Godwin (Stephen Dillane), a book publisher, is … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Place to Die: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery (2020) – reviewed by George

Jess Jackson (Jesse Metcalfe) has retired from the New York police force due to a serious wound, a shot to the back with the bullet so close to the spine that it cannot be safely removed. He now lives aboard … Continue reading

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Rita Hayworth in “Music in My Heart” (1940) – reviewed by George

We zero in on a Broadway marquee: Raymond Barrett in “The Gay Guardsman” with Andre Kostelanetz and His Music. Backstage Mr. Barrett (Marten Lamont) arrives and his understudy, Robert Gregory (Tony Martin) starts quizzing him about his health. Barrett laughs … Continue reading

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My Sister Eileen (1942) – reviewed by George

Working at the Columbus Ohio Courier, Ruth Sherwood (Rosalind Russell) is writing a review of a stage production of Ibsen’s “Doll House” starring her sister Eileen Sherwood (Janet Blair). She has written that the audience was spellbound and Eileen was … Continue reading

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Miss Christmas (2017) – reviewed by George

All Chicago is in Radcliffe Square for the annual lighting of the Radcliffe Christmas tree. And when the switch is flipped the effect is really unexpected and magical. Every light on the tree is pink, and the combined light is … Continue reading

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