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Movie Review: The Heat

Movie Review: The Heat

If you’ve read enough of our reviews here, you probably know that we have a soft spot for comedies.  After all, why spend good money to go to a movie and come out feeling worse than you did when you went in? Well, we think you will certainly be smiling when you leave the theater

Movie Review: Man of Steel

Movie Review: Man of Steel

The Superman franchise got its start in the 1930s as a comic book, ultimately becoming a cultural icon for the ages.  Like Twinkies, it is a truly American creation that has transcended geographical boundaries. The latest Superman film, “Man of Steel,” is yet another updating of the story of Kal-El’s life.  It starts with his

Movie: The Internship

Movie: The Internship

The audience “sweet spot” for this movie is anyone who was born in the 1970s.  However, there are laughs to be had for almost any one of us, especially if you have enjoyed the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson film pairings (“Wedding Crashers”) in the past. Wilson and Vaughn are salesmen who are suddenly unemployed as a

Movie Review: Now You See Me

Movie Review: Now You See Me

A lot of money went into making this film and it’s all up there on the screen.  Big effects and equally big-name talent perform larger-than-life feats of prestidigitation as part of the plotline. Briefly, four illusionists are recruited by a mysterious individual who wants them to continually up their game while extracting a measure of

Robot and Frank:

Robot and Frank:

If you have read our book, Suddenly Solo, you know we strongly recommend getting off your butt and putting yourself out there! The public library in my town shows semi-recent and classic films two or three times a week and they’re free!  That’s how I got to see this wonderfully acted, little off-beat comedy. Set

Movie Review: Amour

Movie Review: Amour

Deeply moving and at times incredibly depressing, “Amour” showcases the remarkable acting talents of screen veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant (“A Man and a Woman”) and Emmanuelle Riva (nominated for an Academy Award for her performance). Briefly, these two are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One

Movie Review: Quartet

Movie Review: Quartet

Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me that there have recently been a number of movies aimed at the 50+ men and women demographic.  Is it possible that the film industry has discovered this expanding movie-going population?  Let’s hope so. The British film people were right on target with last year’s “The Best Exotic

Movie Review: Promised Land

Movie Review: Promised Land

A somewhat heavy-handed, anti-fracking drama that unfolds in the struggling farm country of Pennsylvania, which is sitting on huge reserves of natural gas laden shale. Matt Damon is the company man assigned to get drilling leases from the “simple folk” who find the temptation of lots of much-needed money hard to resist, even if fracking

Movie Review: The Impossible

Movie Review: The Impossible

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was the third most powerful trembler ever recorded by a seismograph.  It was felt as far away as Alaska.  The recorded images of the water from the resultant tsunami racing inland that were taken by tourists are still vivid in the minds of most of us as terrifying reminders of

Movie Review: The Guilt Trip

Movie Review: The Guilt Trip

I guess you have to give the stars, Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, credit for effort, but that’s about it for this road trip flick.   Rogen plays Streisand’s son, who will be traveling cross-country in an attempt to get chain stores to carry his eco-friendly cleaning concoction.  He persuades his widowed mother to join

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