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Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight Runtime 98 minutes. OK for children. Writer/director Woody Allen has done it again with a thoroughly captivating romantic comedy with star turns by Emma Stone and Colin Firth, who create bewitching chemistry. Stone plays a clairvoyant, Sophie Baker, with astonishing power. So astonishing that magician Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney) convinces his […]

Tammy

Tammy

Tammy Runtime 96 minutes. Not for children. There was a movie named Tammy and the Bachelor in 1957. Starring Debbie Reynolds, it was a charming romance and featured an eponymous no. 1 hit. It was sung over the opening credits by the Ames Bros., and then later in the movie by Reynolds, who got the […]

Life

Life

Life Runtime 118 minutes. OK for children. This gives a completely different picture of the rotund film critic Roger Ebert than most people probably had. The film starts with Roger in the hospital in bed, unable to speak. In fact his jaw is gone but the skin on his lower face is still there so […]

Scare-Master Stephen King has “Under the Dome” and More

Scare-Master Stephen King has “Under the Dome” and More

Master of suspense and horror, author Stephen King has captivated audiences with the idea of his story Under the Dome. His thrilling novel was brought to life by CBS and was a ratings blockbuster as a series last summer. The network just premiered the second season with the first episode written by King, who is […]

Beyond the Edge

Beyond the Edge

Beyond the Edge Runtime 90 minutes. OK for children. When New Zealand beekeeper Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay from Nepal made their attempt to conquer Mount Everest in 1953, there had been 15 failed attempts, resulting in 13 deaths. It was believed by many to be impossible because of the altitude and […]

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger

Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger Runtime 107 minutes. OK for children. This shocking film completely overturns what most people know about the notorious crime boss, James “Whitey” Bulger. Bulger’s brother was a prominent Democrat politician, for years the President of the Massachusetts Senate and President of the University of Massachusetts, when […]

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Jersey Boys (SSSSS): Director Clint Eastwood is a musician who loves music and pays it the deference it is due by playing each song in full, filmed live with no lip-syncing. The result is a Four Seasons concert combined with no-holds-barred story of the rise and travails of the group, three of whom were small […]

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys Runtime 2 hours. OK for children. Rarely has a musical play disappointed me as much as Tony award-winning Jersey Boys (which is one of the longest running plays in Broadway history). The version I saw was so bad I was fighting sleep all the way through, and even the music was mediocre. So […]

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Third Person (SSSS): Writer/director Paul Haggis used Michelangelo Antonioni’s germinal 1966 Blow Up as a touchstone in making this film, because both provide an exposition of the relationship of reality to illusion. The finale is exceptionally thought-provoking for those who have not been lost by the almost two and a half hour runtime. Mila Kunis […]

Halle Berry in Extant, CBS’s New Sci-Fi Mystery-Thriller Series Produced by Steven Spielberg

Halle Berry in Extant, CBS’s New Sci-Fi Mystery-Thriller Series Produced by Steven Spielberg

Halle Berry is equally acclaimed for her acting and for her beauty. The stunning actress has won an Oscar, she has starred in many films, and she has produced a few. Now she has turned her attention to television with the new CBS series Extant, premiering July 9th. Steven Spielberg is the executive producer of […]