REVIEW: Lady MacBeth (2016)

Drawing on the themes of Shakespeare's MacBeth, Katherine is a fierce woman, tired of living by her husband's rules and she has no problem committing murder to get what she wants. And, as is the sign of good storytelling, the audience is tempted to cheer for her. 
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REVIEW: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Rather than a "locked room" mystery wherein the victim is found dead in a room where no one could have gotten in or out, Christie traps everyone together on a snowbound train. The victim, the suspects, and the detective are all stuck in the "locked room." The new movie version, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh is problematic but it was much better than the trailers led me to believe.
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For Noirvember

Though I haven’t focused on it lately, I also write about films (often classics). I earned a master’s degree in cinema studies, really just for fun. Recently I was accepted into a stable of writers at Film Inquiry and they agreed to let me write a “Beginner’s Guide to Film Noir.” It was great fun…
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LET'S MOVIE: Gaslight (1944)

Old movies have always been a part of my life. Ever since I was a little kid, I have been watching them. My parents let me see Rear Window  and North by Northwest before I was five. I watched them over and over and over. And I still watch White Christmas any time of the year. The acting,…
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REVIEW: MR HOLMES (2015)

I am always wary of “fan fiction” of beloved characters, but Mr Holmes is brilliant. McKellen strikes a balance between the classic and arrogant Sherlock we know and love and a realistic, pitiable, complicated man. It’s 1947 and Holmes has long ago retired to his bees in Devon, with little to entertain his inquisitive mind. When…
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REVIEW: SAVING MR. BANKS

  I’m sure I’m not the only one who jumped down her staircase, umbrella in hand, in an attempt to be Mary Poppins.  At age four, when I found this did not give me the lift required, I intended to jump from the roof.  Luckily my mother was very suspicious of my need for the…
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REVIEW: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL (2013)

This movie makes me fear even more for the future of the Star Wars franchise.  What has happened to Disney?  Instead of inspiring wonder and amusement, they too seem to have gone the way of bland mediocrity, an opiate for the cinematic masses.  If it weren’t for Pixar, there would be no creative output from…
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REVIEW: LES MISERABLES (2012)

I was on the fence about whether I was going to see this one until I learned it was directed by Tom Hooper, whose The King’s Speech was stunning.  I thought he would be good choice to bring out the subtly of the characters.  I also knew he could evoke era and it would be…
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