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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

Movie Review: Skyfall

Movie Review: Skyfall

It’s been fifty years (yes, I said 50!) since the first James Bond movie.   The franchise has morphed extensively over the years with different actors wielding the Walther PPK and, like the pistol, things change in Skyfall. Those of us who have grown up with 007 all have our favorite Bond and Bond movie, but

Movie Review: Lincoln

Movie Review: Lincoln

This is a film that history buffs will certainly love, but it also has a great deal to commend it even for those who can’t name all the presidents on Mount Rushmore. Daniel Day-Lewis will almost certainly be in the running for an Academy Award for his wonderfully relatable portrait of our 16th President as

Movie Review: Life of Pi

Movie Review: Life of Pi

To say that this film is visually stunning would be the equivalent of saying that Sophia Loren is “cute.”  The word “stunning” does not do the film justice.  The state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been elevated to new levels, creating sights that will often leave you in a state of disbelief. Based on the book

Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

Movie Review: Cloud Atlas

If you enjoy “intricate” in any form – books, movies, or furniture – then this is a movie for you! This film does not fit easily into any category. It is complex and at times I found it just plain confusing.  But I was totally engrossed over the two-and-a-half hours of running time as flashbacks

Movie Review: Argo

Movie Review: Argo

Argo is a dramatization of a true story involving the escape of six US Embassy staffers who were hidden at the home of the Canadian ambassador when our own embassy in Tehran was overrun in 1979. Produced almost as a documentary, it is intensely engrossing as Ben Affleck (director and lead actor) uses every cinematic

Movie Review: Trouble With The Curve

Movie Review: Trouble With The Curve

Clint Eastwood uses his trademark growl and surly demeanor to relatively good effect in the movie “Trouble With The Curve.” He plays an aging baseball scout who is losing his vision and must rely on the visual acuity of his nearly-estranged daughter (Amy Adams) to get him through a make-or-break scouting trip that takes place

Movie Review: Arbitrage

Movie Review: Arbitrage

First, let’s be clear that this movie has nothing to do with any type of Wall Street “arbitrage”. But it does have to do with Richard Gere, who is looking great at 60, as does his on-screen wife, the always fabulous Susan Sarandon. When I grow up, I too would like the life this poor

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