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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

Movie Review: Beware of Mr. Baker

Movie Review: Beware of Mr. Baker

For those who remember the super-group Cream, you will likely enjoy this documentary of their demonic drummer, Ginger Baker.  Suffice it to say that Mr. Baker will never win any awards for being a particularly nice human being (his kids, several wives, band mates and musical contemporaries all agree on this), but at his drug-addled

Movie Review: Django Unchained

Movie Review: Django Unchained

Director Quentin Tarantino puts his own brand on those “spaghetti westerns” of the 1960s with his latest creation, Django Unchained.  His movie uses a lot of the visual and audio touchstones from these early films (the titles, the music), but he updates the entire affair with improved technology, new music and better character development. Jamie

Book Review: An Available Man

Book Review: An Available Man

There are not many books that come along that I believe accurately reflect the status and thinking of many of us Suddenly Solos, but I think that An Available Man is right on the money. Hilma Wolitzer, an expert and experienced writer (14 books), chronicles the experiences of Edward Schuyler, a widowed 62-year old secondary

Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook

Movie Review: Silver Linings Playbook

This one might not be on your radar right now, but when the Oscar nominations are announced, it will be. Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) give wonderfully understated performances in this slightly off-beat, comedic tale of two “not quite right” individuals whose lives intersect in suburban Pennsylvania. Pat Solitano (Cooper)

Movie Review: Anna Karenina

Movie Review: Anna Karenina

Ah, where to begin with this one?  Let’s start with the positives.  It is a unique take on the classic Tolstoy novel.  Director Joe Wright stages the film largely in the visual context of a Russian theater, using a stage, the wings, the catwalks and on-screen costume changes to give the viewer a different story-telling

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