Tag Archives: Angela Lansbury

Mary Poppins Returns

IN A PLACE WE HOLD DEAR, WHERE WONDER ONCE LIVED… BUT SOON FROM ABOVE, A NEW STORY BEGINS. 20 years after the events of the first film, a now grown up Michael (Ben Whishaw) and his three children risk losing their home; then, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns. 54 years after Mary Poppins came this … Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns

Manchurian Candidate: Agent Solitaire

IF YOU COME IN FIVE MINUTES AFTER THIS PICTURE BEGINS, YOU WON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT! WHEN YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL, YOU’LL SWEAR THERE’S NEVER BEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT! This movie ran into bad luck. Or was it really that bad? It’s been said sometimes that The Manchurian Candidate was pulled from distribution when … Continue reading Manchurian Candidate: Agent Solitaire

State of the Union: Run for the Money

HOW’S THE STATE OF THE UNION? IT’S GREAT! Today we regard Frank Capra’s two last great films, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and State of the Union (1948), as obvious classics, but in the late 1940s neither critics nor audiences were quite as appreciative. Capra had done a tremendous PR effort while serving in World … Continue reading State of the Union: Run for the Money

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Successful New York real estate agent Tom Popper (Jim Carrey) receives a crate containing a penguin from Antarctica; that’s where his father recently died… and soon Popper gets five more birds! This modern update of a 1938 children’s book is easy to like for families, with Carrey an amusing presence throughout. The penguins, some real, … Continue reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins

The Mirror Crack’d

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO IS THE MURDERER AMONG THEM ALL? In1953, a big Hollywood production arrives in an English hamlet to shoot a movie, but the murder of a local woman arouses Miss Marple’s (Angela Lansbury) curiosity. Another star-studded movie version of an Agatha Christie novel, this time featuring very entertaining performances by … Continue reading The Mirror Crack’d

Beauty and the Beast: Ready for Broadway

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY EVER TOLD. One of Disney’s most popular films is dedicated to the memory of Howard Ashman. The lyricist died of AIDS the same year as Beauty and the Beast was released and Disney thanked him in the closing credits with the following words: “To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast: Ready for Broadway

Death on the Nile

While traveling on the Nile on board the riverboat Karnak, Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) passes time solving the murder of a young, female passenger. Meticulously staged in terms of costumes and production design, this murder mystery has its similarities with Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Everything looks just dandy and Poirot has an all-star … Continue reading Death on the Nile

The Three Musketeers

Several critics had considerably less than kind words for Hollywood’s most lavish adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas perennial, probably because of all the stars in the cast fighting for attention. Still, it’s not a bad film; director George Sidney knew how to put on a good show and Gene Kelly is enthusiastic although hardly believable … Continue reading The Three Musketeers