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reviewed Broken Flowers. December 04, 2013
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Broken Flowers
A man receives an anonymous letter informing him he is the father of a 19-year old son, so he sets off on a journey to visit his old girlfriends to see which one wrote the letter.      …
reviewed The Station Agent. November 10, 2013
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The Station Agent
Fin (Peter Dinklage) is a middle-aged train buff and a dwarf who has been ridiculed his whole life and has no friends. He moves into an abandoned train station, ready to spend the rest of his life alone, …
reviewed Frances. September 22, 2013
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Frances
This biopic of Frances Farmer traces her life from outspoken teen to Hollywood starlet, followed by long periods of mental illness and barbaric treatment in institutions. Jessica Lange is magnificent …
reviewed Suddenly, Last Summer. February 13, 2013
Suddenly, Last Summer
Long, slow, New Orleans-in-the-thirties talkfest filled with hystrionics and over-acting. Hepburn is excellent, playing a Southern grande dame with a decidedly New England accent, Taylor is gorgeous (complete …
reviewed The VIPs. February 01, 2013
The VIPs
The London fog grounds several wealthy passengers who must spend the night in the airport. The unrelated stories involve a wife running off with her lover, a cheap movie mogul, a businessman on the brink …
reviewed Capricorn One. December 14, 2012
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The first manned space flight to Mars is just about to launch when the crew is suddenly taken off the Capricorn One. It seems there's a malfunctioning part that would prove fatal to the space program's …
reviewed Rope (1948 movie). June 14, 2012
Rope
Two pompous young men (John Dall, Farley Granger) commit a murder just for the thrill and satisfaction of pulling off the perfect crime. They hide the body in their living room and then host a cocktail …
reviewed Madame X. March 29, 2012
Madame X
Lana Turner stars as Holly Parker, a shop clerk who marries a wealthy man (John Forsythe) with political goals. She loves him, but his long absences drive her into the arms of a slimy playboy (Ricardo …
reviewed Rabbit Hole. January 31, 2012
Rabbit Hole
The story follows Becca and Howie (Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart) as they face their day-to-day lives after losing their 4-year old son. They react differently to their grief support group, friends, and …
reviewed Phantom of the Opera (2004 movie). December 27, 2011
Phantom of the Opera (2004 movie)
It is the 1870s, and living beneath a Paris opera house is a mad, disfigured, musical genius known as the Phantom (Gerard Butler). He has been secretly tutoring Christine (Emmy Rossum), an orphaned …
reviewed The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But.... November 20, 2011
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a
The year is 1917, and two English mapmakers come to a tiny Welsh village to survey its so-called 'mountain.' With the war taking all the young men and the harsh life in the coal mines, the locals …
reviewed Flywheel (movie). November 04, 2011
Flywheel
The story is set in a used car lot, where we meet the owner, Jay Austen (Alex Kendrick), an unscrupulous and unhappy man. He cheats his customers and is a stranger to his wife and son. Then, a chance …
reviewed Facing the Giants. October 09, 2011
Facing the Giants
A losing football coach (Alex Kendrick) is beset with problems both at his Christian high school and at home with a wife who hasn't been able to have a child. Through prayer, praise, and the firm …
reviewed Imitation of Life. October 09, 2011
Imitation of Life
The bond between two single mothers, one black and one white, and their daughters is the subject of this wonderful movie. Lora Meredith (Lana Turner), a struggling actress, meets homeless and unemployed …
reviewed Ed Wood. September 02, 2011
Ed Wood
 Johnny Depp stars as Ed Wood, arguably the worst movie director of all time, in this amusing and at times, touching story of Ed's career in the fifties. Ed was an unparalleled optimist, enamored …
reviewed The Fallen Idol. July 20, 2011
The Fallen Idol
The "idol" is Baines (Ralph Richardson), the butler in the French embassy in London and the ambassador's little son, Philippe (Bobby Henrey), is the one who loves and worships him.  …
reviewed The Apostle. May 25, 2011
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The Apostle
Sonny Dewey (Robert Duvall) is the charismatic preacher of a fundamentalist Texas church, until his short temper gets him in serious trouble.  He runs off to Louisiana, becomes part of a small community, …
reviewed Black Swan (2010 film). May 06, 2011
Black Swan (2010)
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a troubled, young ballerina who lives her life in an endless and hopeless pursuit of perfection.  When the company's lecherous director gives her the …
reviewed The Country Girl. March 12, 2011
The Country Girl
Years ago, Frank Elgin (Bing Crosby) was a successful singer and actor, but a tragedy turned him in to an alcoholic loser and his wife, Georgie (Grace Kelly), into a bitter shrew. A young Broadway director …
reviewed Never Let Me Go (2010 movie). March 05, 2011
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Never Let Me Go
28-year old Kathy H. (Carey Mulligan) reminisces about her life, starting in her unique boarding school, Hailsham. The children were raised strictly but well-cared for and raised to know they have a valuable …
reviewed The Town. March 02, 2011
The Town
Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) and his pals are career criminals. On a bank job, they briefly take a hostage (Rebecca Hall) and soon after, she and Doug begin a romance. Though he dreams of starting a new …
reviewed The King's Speech. February 05, 2011
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The King's Speech
The story opens in 1925, as the Duke of York (aka "Bertie" to his family), played by Colin Firth, is about to give a speech. It's torture for him, as he is shy and is nearly unable to speak …
reviewed Nowhere Boy. February 02, 2011
Nowhere Boy
The year is 1957, and 16-year old Liverpool lad John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) is miserable. He hates school and his strict aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott-Thomas) and his mother who abandoned him when he was five. …
reviewed Elephant Walk. January 22, 2011
Elephant Walk
This tepid melodrama concerns John Wiley, a rich tea planter (Peter Finch) who brings his new wife Ruth (Elizabeth Taylor) home to "Elephant Walk," his plantation in Ceylon. The palatial home …
reviewed Howards End. January 03, 2011
Howards End
The story opens in Edwardian England, where we meet Margaret and Helen Schlegel (Emma Thompson, Helena Bodham Carter), genteel sisters who are concerned with the plight of the poor. When they meet …
reviewed Flipped (2010). January 01, 2011
Flipped (2010)
Juli fell in love with Bryce when his family moved in across the street; they were both in the second grade and for the next six years, much to his chagrin, she chased him. Bryce thought Juli was a bit …
reviewed Winter's Bone (2010 movie). December 07, 2010
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Winter's Bone (2010)
Deep in the backwoods of Missouri, 17-year old Ree Dolly has a hard life; she's raising her siblings, caring for her mentally-ill mother, and running the house all by herself. Her father, a meth cooker, …
reviewed Quiz Show. November 02, 2010
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Quiz Show
The year is 1957, and everyone, it seems, is watching the popular TV game show, "Twenty-One."  Contestants can stay on the show for weeks, earning then-astronomical sums of money …
reviewed Funny Girl. October 29, 2010
Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand stars as Fanny Brice who rose from the slums of New York to became the beloved star of the Zigfeld Follies in the early 1900s. Omar Sharif costars as Nicky Arnstein, …
reviewed Secretariat. October 16, 2010
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Secretariat
Denver housewife Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) takes over her father's horse racing empire when he falls ill, commuting to Virginia to take care of the farm. Having grown up in the racing world, she …
reviewed Nowhere in Africa. October 12, 2010
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Nowhere in Africa
The story opens in 1938, as Jews Jettel and her daughter Regina are preparing to escape Germany and join her husband who has found work in Kenya. Life on a poor farm in the bush is a shock to the spoiled …
reviewed Shirley Valentine. October 07, 2010
Shirley Valentine
Middle-aged Shirley Valentine (Pauline Collins) likes to reminisce about her younger, rebellious days before she married, had children, and her life became a bore. When a friend invites her to go to Greece, …
reviewed The Human Stain. September 19, 2010
The Human Stain
Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins) is a highly respected college dean and professor. After an innocent comment is misinterpreted as a racist remark, he is forced to quit his job in disgrace. Coleman …
reviewed Letters to Juliet. September 19, 2010
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Letters to Juliet
Aspiring writer Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and her fiancé go to Verona for a pre-honeymoon/business trip. He's obsessed with work and leaves poor Sophie to sightsee alone. She visits Juliet's …
reviewed Summertime (1955 movie). September 18, 2010
Summertime
Ohio secretary Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) has saved up for years to visit Venice and it's everything she hoped it would be...exquisitely beautiful and romantic...but lonely. Or so she thinks …
reviewed Me and Orson Welles (2009 movie). September 15, 2010
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Me & Orson Welles DVD Zac Efron, Clarie Danes
It is 1937, and high school senior Richard (Zac Efron) dreams of being an actor.  A chance meeting with 22-year old Orson Welles (Christian McKay) results in a bit part in Welles' groundbreaking, …
reviewed The Nun's Story (1959). September 02, 2010
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The Nun's Story (1959)
In Bruges, in 1930, a bright and willful young woman (Audrey Hepburn) enters a convent and undergoes rigorous training for the religious life. As Sister Luke, her dream of serving as a nurse in the Belgian …
reviewed Disfigured. August 28, 2010
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Disfigured
As the story opens, we see Lydia in her Fat Acceptance Group and hear the anger, pain, and frustration shared by all of the members.  They are shocked when Darcy, an anorexic-looking woman comes …
reviewed Eat Pray Love (movie). August 21, 2010
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Liz is unhappy.  And that takes some doing, considering she has a handsome husband, an exciting job as a writer, and plenty of money.  But feeling bored and unfulfilled, she leaves her husband …
reviewed Far From the Madding Crowd (movie). August 12, 2010
Far From the Madding Crowd
As the story opens, Miss Bathsheba Everdene (Julie Christie) has just inherited a farm and has decided to run it herself, a very unusual thing in Victorian England. She is being courted by a poor shepherd …
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