Category Archives: Film

The Man Who Invented Christmas – Film Review

It’s not unusual to read that the way we celebrate Christmas today is the way classic Victorian era author Charles Dickens invented it in his 1843 novella. A Christmas Carol. Close, absolutely, but not exactly true. Through the power of his written word, Dickens re-invented Christmas. December 25th was already a day of celebration for those […]

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Coco – Film Review

In the uplifting and ultimately moving new Disney/Pixar animated fantasy, Coco, there’s a small village in Mexico called Santa Cecilia. In that village lives a small boy called Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez), and Miguel dreams of becoming a musician. But there’s a problem. While the twelve-year-old can play the guitar, his family has a […]

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Last Flag Flying – Film Review

Think back and you may recall a 1973 Hal Ashby directed film called The Last Detail. A Navy Signalman First Class and a Gunner’s Mate were ordered to escort a Seaman to a naval prison for committing a petty crime. You may read that writer/director’s Richard Linklater’s new comic-drama, Last Flag Flying is a sequel […]

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Murder on the Orient Express – Film Review

After the 1934 novel, which is among the most popular of all Agatha Christie murder mysteries, followed by the successful 1974 Albert Finney film (every bit as enjoyable today as it was forty-three years ago) the issue of whodunit in the new Kenneth Branagh directed Murder on the Orient Express has to be the worst-kept […]

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Lady Bird – Film Review

Depending upon age, it’s possible that your initial response to the title Lady Bird might be that’s it’s political in nature, a biographical account of the wife to the nation’s 36th President. But Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut has nothing to do with either politics or the former First Lady. It’s the name of Gerwig’s central […]

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Thor: Ragnarok – Film Review

First, for those who care, a few statistics. Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s the sequel to Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013). It’s also funny. It’s actually very funny, and for someone who has just about had it with everything superhero, the laughs are its saving […]

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