Category Archives: Movies

The Dress Maker 2015-Reviewed by Anita ****

Set in 1950’s this comedy-drama is great.  Kate Winslet is excellent as the lead Tilly Dunnage who as a child is banished from her home-town for the murder of one of her classmates in 1926.  25 years later Dunnage returns … Continue reading

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Murdoch Mysteries: “Poor Tom Is Cold” (2004) – reviewed by George

Like the first film, the second of three TV movies introducing Detective William Murdoch to a wider audience is outstanding. Constable Oliver Wicken (Philip Graeme), Murdoch’s right-hand man in the first movie, is found dead in a shed or out-building. … Continue reading

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Hayley Mills in “The Parent Trap 2” (1986) – reviewed by George

With the twins grown up, we now have Sharon (Hayley Mills) divorced and living with her daughter Nikki Ferris (Carrie Kei Heim) in Tampa. She is planning to move the two of them to New York soon so has enrolled … Continue reading

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The Great Lie (1941) – reviewed by George

So complicated that it is going to sound illogical on the page, but the screenplay actually works well, and the story is convincing – though I agree, it is outlandish. I think it only works because of the actors and … Continue reading

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Notorious (1946) – reviewed by George

Alfred Hitchcock’s 33rd film is a spy thriller heavy on suspense. Miami, Florida, 3:20 p.m., April the 24th, 1946. WWII has been over for almost 10 months, but it’s hardly out of the news. A German immigrant, a Mr. Huberman, … Continue reading

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Everybody Sing (1938) – reviewed by George

This musical comedy revolves around a wacky family of people who love to perform, even though maybe they should confine themselves to plays at home. Now, some in the household are talented, like the cook Ricky Saboni (Allan Jones) and … Continue reading

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Larva (2004) – reviewed by George

A super new cattle food has been introduced to one relatively small ranching community by a large agricultural firm. With the new feed, cattle grow faster and put on an average of 12 pounds extra weight, which the ranchers love … Continue reading

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Hayley Mills in “That Darn Cat” (1965) – reviewed by George

Behind the credits DC (“Darn Cat”) goes on his rounds, stealing food from a dog, trying to start a romance with a female cat, and stalking Iggy (Frank Gorshin), who first buys food, and then three newspapers which headline a … Continue reading

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“CITIZENFOUR” (2014) and “Snowden” (2016) – reviewed by George

These two films, the first a documentary, the second a big-budget feature film, deal with the whistle-blower Edward Snowden, whose work at and for the FBI and CIA led to his job at the National Security Administration. At NSA he … Continue reading

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The Great Wall (2016) – reviewed by George

After a skirmish with locals in a desert in China, five men on horseback are being pursued. They release the pack horses which go straight ahead while the men turn into a canyon and escape the bandits chasing them. That … Continue reading

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