Category Archives: M

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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My Christmas Dream (2016) – reviewed by George

Christine Masters (Danica McKellar) is dressing for work and taking extra time to coordinate her outfit because she is meeting the founder of the company she works for later today. That would be Victoria McDougal (Deirdre Hall). Her assistant Holly … Continue reading

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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) – reviewed by George

The story of how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) came to write “A Christmas Carol”, with some insight into his process, is really interesting and surprisingly Christmasy. New York City, 1842: Basking in the success of “Oliver Twist”, Dickens embarked on … Continue reading

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Commentary: The Masked Singer – 2019: Comments from George

Well, this second season of Masked Singer ended last night and the winner was The Fox, unmasked as Wayne Brady. Wayne has lots of credits, but my favorite is “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Tree turned out to be Ana … Continue reading

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The Music Man (1962) – reviewed by George

The most American of musicals celebrates small town life in the midwest around 1900, and charm and delight have never been so infectious. The film opens on a train load of traveling salesmen bouncing to the rhythm of the train, … Continue reading

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Lucille Ball in “The Magic Carpet” (1951) – reviewed by George

At a time when Universal Studios virtually owned Arabian desert movies, with leading ladies Maria Montez and Yvonne De Carlo, Columbia joined in with this film featuring Lucille as the villainess, the sister of the throne-stealing Caliph Ali (Gregory Gay). … Continue reading

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Merry and Bright (2019) – reviewed by George

If it’s not too early for Hallmark to broadcast a new Christmas movie, then it’s not too early for me to review one. Right? So here’s  a love story set at Christmas, between two people who definitely have different opinions … Continue reading

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Lucille Ball in “Miss Grant Takes Richmond” (1949) – reviewed by George

Well, obviously a Civil War joke, but I thought it would be Richmond, Virginia. Nope, it’s Dick Richmond (William Holden), a bookie posing as a realtor. Lucille plays Ellen Grant, who is taking courses at a secretarial school, at the … Continue reading

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Ian McKellan is Sherlock Holmes in “Mr. Holmes” (2015) – reviewed by George

This film has three stars: Ian McKellan as Sherlock in his bee-keeping retirement, Laura Linney as his housekeeper Mrs. Munro, and Milo Parker as her son Roger. The excellence of these three performances carries the film, but the supporting players … Continue reading

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TV Tips (FOX) – by George

“The Masked Singer” was one of my favorite shows last season, and somehow it’s even better this year. The cast is unchanged: Host = Nick Cannon, Judges = Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger. The show … Continue reading

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