Category Archives: Movies

Spider’s Web (1982) – reviewed by George

In this Agatha Christie adaptation, a diplomat, his second wife, and his daughter from his first marriage are the central figures in a web of lies, that just gets stickier and stickier. Henry Hailsham-Brown (Jonathan Newth) is heading out from … Continue reading

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Great Performances: “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn” (2017) – reviewed by George

Jim Hardy (Bryce Pinkham) is a Broadway singer/hoofer whose current show is closing, and he has decided he wants out of show biz. He has bought a farm in Connecticut, Mason Farm, and after the fact tells his girlfriend Lila … Continue reading

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2001) – reviewed by George

The romance (and obviously, the resulting wedding) of two very different people is chronicled with a lot of affection and comedy. Fatoula “Toula” Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) is the daughter of Maria and Gus (Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine). She has … Continue reading

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Rebecca (1940) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 25th film and first film made in Hollywood won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar, and also won for Best Cinematography, Black and White. And Hitchcock and three of his actors (Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and Judith Anderson) were nominated. … Continue reading

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Ghostbusters (2016) – reviewed by George

This is funny stuff: a gender-switch take on the original – right down to casting Chris Hemsworth as the receptionist, the role played first by Annie Potts.  Four talented and very funny women, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and … Continue reading

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Ian Richardson is Sherlock Holmes in “The Sign of Four” (1983) – reviewed by George

Of course set in the late nineteenth century, but a very modern film, this is very good movie-making. Again Ian Richardson is excellent, and the new Dr. John Watson (David Healy) is excellent too. And some interesting changes have been … Continue reading

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The Christmas Train (2017) – reviewed by George

Various people travel from NYC to LA on a special train where Christmas activities are happening practically all the time. A movie director (Danny Glover), his apprentice screenwriter (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), an experienced writer working on a book who is hired … Continue reading

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Journey Back to Christmas (2016) – reviewed by George

Hannah (Candace Cameron Bure) is a nurse in 1945 at Christmas. In the closing days of World War II her husband was killed in battle, so Christmas will be a little hollow this year. Her only interest in the holiday … Continue reading

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The Corsican Brothers (1941) – reviewed by George

“Corsica! Bright with the laughter of romance, haunted by the grim shadow of vendetta. Here on this enchanted isle a story is told of two brothers, a tale written in blood by the hand of Fate.” One day in the … Continue reading

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Polly Walker is “Lorna Doone” (1990) – reviewed by George

There are certainly some differences between this treatment and the two other versions reviewed, but overall, without having read the book, I feel this is the most faithful. The basis of this feeling is simply the way the story is … Continue reading

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