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Dec 03 2014

FREE ADVANCE SCREENING: “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES”

By | December 3rd, 2014|Fantasy, Movies|0 Comments

You are cordially invited to a FREE ADVANCE SCREENING for a Warner Brothers Pictures release set to open in theaters on 12/17/14: “THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES" Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00PM in Boston. (Theater will be named on your ticket.) Rated: PG-13 Running Time: 144 Minutes Synopsis: From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson [...]

Nov 13 2014

HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE!

By | November 13th, 2014|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Fantasy, Movies, Musicals, Thriller, War|0 Comments

Will they be holiday hits? Will they win OSCARS? Add these to my Fall Movie Preview list for a complete big screen Holiday Movie Guide! (11/14) THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING He's the English-speaking Einstein--British physicist Stephen Hawking--whose book A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME made us all think we could almost understand the theory of everything. This biopic stars [...]

Oct 23 2014

MOVIE: BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)

By | October 23rd, 2014|Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Movies, Uncategorized|2 Comments

-- This is the first truly great movie of the fall and one of the BEST OF THE YEAR, with OSCAR written all over it. BIRDMAN stars MICHAEL KEATON and a breathtaking cast of actors who knock themselves out in a flabbergastingly audacious backstage look at actors, viral media, critics, fame, art, relationships, truth, artifice, and reality. [...]

Jun 13 2014

BEST MOVIES TO SEE NOW: “THE FAULT IN OUR STARS” & “EDGE OF TOMORROW”

By | June 13th, 2014|Action & Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Romance, Science Fiction|1 Comment

So many screens-- so little to see. GODZILLA is godawful. And put a big X through X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Coasting on the devotion of diehard fans who remember the back stories, this latest installment suffers from franchise burnout and never breaks a sweat. How about MALEFICENT? What could be better than Angelina Jolie [...]

Mar 19 2014

MOVIE: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

By | March 19th, 2014|Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Movies|1 Comment

The modern day spinner of cinematic fairytales, Wes Anderson, is like that other "Andersen"--Hans Christian-- in his telling of layered fables that have adults, as well as children in their sights. But Wes Anderson accentuates the comedy, like "concupiscent curds" atop a heady brew of murder, mutilation, and even deeper mayhem. His latest THE GRAND [...]

Feb 14 2014

MOVIE: WINTER’S TALE

By | February 14th, 2014|Drama, Fantasy, Movies, Romance|1 Comment

I am sitting here as a nor'easter wails outside, thinking about WINTER'S TALE and how cold it left me. It's also not going to do much for the ravishing young actress whose character "Lady Sybil" was killed off in DOWNTOWN ABBEY--Jessica Brown Findlay. Her career will remain in the deep freeze until a better movie [...]

Aug 21 2013

AT THE MOVIES: BLUE JASMINE, ELYSIUM, 2 GUNS, WE’RE THE MILLERS, WOLVERINE

By | August 21st, 2013|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|3 Comments

I have just seen the first OSCAR WORTHY performance by an actress this year-- or any year: Cate Blanchett in BLUE JASMINE--Woody's latest and absolutely one of his best films, ever. It's become a cliche that writer/director Woody Allen's work had hit the doldrums critically for a bit, and lately, everything he's doing has been [...]

Jul 26 2013

SUMMER MOVIES: BEST (& worst) OF THE REST…

By | July 26th, 2013|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Joyce's Choices, Kids, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller, War|3 Comments

I've yet to see THE WOLVERINE and believe I am the LONE CRITIC who loved THE LONE RANGER. Here's the best & worst of the rest so far: 20 FEET FROM STARDOM--This revealing, heartbreaking documentary charts the careers, hopes, dreams, disappointments of the back-up singers who literally stand inches away from center stage-the voices behind [...]

Jun 20 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: MAN OF STEEL

By | June 20th, 2013|Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Movies, Science Fiction|4 Comments

This time around, Superman has not only lost his red underpants, he's lost his identity-- and he used to have two! Remember Christopher Reeve's charming, bumbling Clark Kent who kept his cape under wraps around Margot Kidder's sassy Lois Lane, that is-- just until he'd explode out of his glasses and suit in order to [...]

May 07 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: IRON MAN 3

By | May 7th, 2013|Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Kids, Movies|1 Comment

The cheap thrills of summer begin with the noisy, hyperactive and superficially entertaining third installment of IRON MAN 3—which pits Robert Downey Junior’s brash industrialist Tony Stark as the man in the can against a maniac called "The Mandarin."  The third time's not the charm-- but in the words of one of my colleagues-- it [...]