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Jun 09 2016

MOVIES: NOW YOU SEE ME 2

By | June 9th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Movies|4 Comments

Get ready for the first great entertainment at the movies this summer which trades comic book action heroes for the lords of legerdemain known as The Four Horsemen: NOW YOU SEE ME 2! I couldn't take my eyes off this movie which captures the magic of, well, magic!  This elaborately tricky plot unfurled itself in double time, criss-crossing the globe while filling every inch [...]

May 14 2016

MOVIE: MONEY MONSTER

By | May 14th, 2016|Drama, Movies|0 Comments

MONEY MONSTER the new film directed by Jodie Foster starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts--is as phony as a three dollar bill. It's a cornball, ham-fisted, heapin' helpin' of preposterousity--and though that's not a real word, it is nonetheless a perfect descriptor for this "not a real movie." Within five minutes I was getting a whiff of the cheesiness, sniffing out [...]

May 03 2016

MOVIE: MOTHER’S DAY

By | May 3rd, 2016|Comedy, Movies|0 Comments

MOTHER'S DAY is overflowing with the milk of human diversity-- of the Hollywood kind. It's chock full of big names and plot lines, kids, parents, grandparents, adoptees looking for their mothers, mothers looking for their cast-offspring, couples married, co-habiting, divorced and widowed, gay, straight, mixed raced, and one British accent. Jennifer Aniston is Sandy, who first appears wrapped in a towel, her skin glowing [...]

Apr 11 2016

MOVIE: THE BOSS

By | April 11th, 2016|Comedy, Movies|1 Comment

I adore Melissa McCarthy, her perfect timing, her nuanced--yes nuanced--characters, her improvisational flair. I find just about everything she does hysterically funny even when she's appearing in a movie that demeans her comedic gifts. Such is the case in the number one movie at the box office this week: THE BOSS which finds McCarthy compromised by the adolescent boy sensibilities driving this crude vehicle. [...]

Apr 02 2016

MUSIC & MOVIE: Making Music from disaster/NUCLEAR NATION review

By | April 2nd, 2016|Documentary, More A & E, Movies, Music|1 Comment

These young musicians from Japan have arrived in Boston and have made the most beautiful music out of a catastrophe, wringing hope out of disaster through the power of art. LISTEN and WATCH. Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta - Music from Fukushima in Boston - from The Japan Society of Boston on Vimeo. The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, [...]

Apr 01 2016

MOVIE: SOLD

By | April 1st, 2016|Drama, Movies|1 Comment

The girl is 13 years old from a small mountain village in Nepal, but we know she is about to be trafficked as a sexual slave within minutes of the opening scenes of SOLD, an arresting film based on Patricia McCormick's novel which puts the spotlight on a horrible truth hiding in plain sight: millions of children are trafficked all over the world [...]

Mar 26 2016

MOVIE: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

By | March 26th, 2016|Action & Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Science Fiction|2 Comments

As attractive, well-crafted, and convincingly--even compellingly acted as BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE was, I couldn't stop thinking that one good conversation between our superheroes would have cleared the whole thing up. But then it dawned on me-- there would be no movie. Boys will be boys, so this screenplay goes a long way toward ramping [...]

Mar 23 2016

FLICKS 4 CHICKS CONTEST! ENTER NOW!

By | March 23rd, 2016|Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Movies, Romance, Science Fiction|3 Comments

                  One day we won't need a FLICKS4CHICKS contest, but you may have perhaps noticed that it keeps raining men at the movies. From macho superheroes and shoot 'em up cop dramas, to frat boy hi-jinks, comedic buddy bromances, and sci-fi adventure films it's mostly men in the drivers' seats, in front of [...]

Mar 16 2016

MOVIE: HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS

By | March 16th, 2016|Comedy, Drama, Movies, Romance|3 Comments

Where would we be without two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Sally Field and another of her indelible, quirky, wholly committed, utterly endearing performances? One glimpse of Field in the opening sequence as Doris Miller crying at her mother's funeral, wearing cat eye glasses and a big Minnie Mouse bow wrapped around a towering bun of hair-- and she had me at [...]