Monthly Archives: December 2014

Into The Woods – Film Review

During the last forty years or so what was once the principle source of big screen entertainment along with the western is now relegated to the back of the line.   While the musical continues to thrive on Broadway and at regional theaters around the country, younger movie audiences raised not on song and dance but […]

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Big Eyes – Film Review

If you’re the kind that stores old living room paintings in the garage or under the bed, take a look and see if you have a Keane.   You know the style, they’re those paintings of cute but mournful looking children with large, saucer-like eyes that at one time during the sixties were everywhere. The paintings […]

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Unbroken – Film Review

The story of Louis Zamperini, an American born of Italian immigrants, is a remarkable, real-life tale of perseverance and eventual triumph. He was an Olympic runner – he finished eighth in the 5000-meters – and survived forty-seven days adrift at sea after his plane was shot down during WW11.   That was followed by the man […]

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – Film Review

Publicity tells us that Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is the third and final film of the series, but success at the box-office usually dictates otherwise.   That would explain why the seemingly conclusive ending still has something of a crack in the door ready to be opened for a fourth if need […]

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Annie – Film Review

There’s probably a whole generation or two who have no idea that the song It’s a Hard Knock Life came from a Broadway musical.   In 1999, rapper Jay-Z sampled the song and called it Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).   In order to use the catchy sample with permission, the rapper is said to have told […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Film Review

A friend once dictated his formula for success in a movie and it went like this: a big fight at the beginning, a little talking, then action until it’s over.   He’s going to love The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.   It has a terrific opening, then some talking, then once an hour has […]

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