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Highlights at the Movies 2019

Let’s take a look at the Hollywood movies that are going to draw crowds (or simply attention for one reason or other) in the U.S. throughout 2019. As always, premieres are more than likely to change.  January Glass: M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to both Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017). Serenity: Steamy thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and … Continue reading Highlights at the Movies 2019

Beauty and the Beast

BE OUR GUEST.  When her father (Kevin Kline) is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) inside a huge, wintry castle, Belle (Emma Watson) offers herself in exchange for his freedom. Another live-action remake of an animated Disney classic. This one can’t escape a certain sense of pointlessness considering how close it stays to the … Continue reading Beauty and the Beast

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

WE ARE INFINITE. In high school, a freshman with a dark past (Logan Lerman) makes friends with a couple of seniors (Emma Watson, Ezra Miller) who are outsiders. Stephen Chbosky turned his own novel into a successful film that finds a compelling balance between the charms of the high school genre and a few darker … Continue reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower


THE END OF THE WORLD… IS JUST THE BEGINNING. The story of how Noah (Russell Crowe) came to build the ark that saved two of all species from the wrath of God gets its Hollywood blockbuster treatment. Effects-laden, majestic and sometimes completely absurd, director Darren Aronofsky’s film is nevertheless packed with visual treats and a … Continue reading Noah

My Week with Marilyn

Young Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) gets a foot inside a British movie studio just in time to witness the chaos behind Laurence Olivier’s new film project, which partners him with Marilyn Monroe. A very entertaining, sweet and elegant look behind the scenes of the making of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) where two icons … Continue reading My Week with Marilyn

This Is the End

NOTHING RUINS A PARTY LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD. Jay Baruchel comes to visit Seth Rogen in Beverly Hills for the weekend; they end up at a party at James Franco’s house, which is interrupted by the end of the Earth. Longtime writing partners Rogen and Evan Goldberg made their directing debut with this … Continue reading This Is the End

The Bling Ring

LIVING THE DREAM, ONE HEIST AT A TIME. Following themes from her earlier films Marie Antoinette (2006) and Somewhere (2010), director Sofia Coppola was inspired by the 2008-2009 “Bling Ring” burglaries where Hollywood homes of the rich and famous, including Paris Hilton, were targeted by starstruck teenagers. While just as shallow in its depiction of … Continue reading The Bling Ring

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

IT ALL ENDS. There are people who enjoy the Harry Potter books and films… and then there are Potterheads, the fanatics. I’ve always belonged in the former category. I read the first novel, then concentrated on the movie adaptations. I did care about what would happen to Harry and his friends, but never had the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2: Closing the Book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

NOWHERE IS SAFE. The treacherous Snape (Alan Rickman) is now running Hogwarts while Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) try to find and destroy the Horcruxes, objects that control Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) powers. The seventh film in the series has razzle-dazzle to spare as always, a majestically staged first part of the … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

DARK SECRETS REVEALED. When Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns to Hogwarts for another year, Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) wants his help in trying to learn what a new teacher knows about Voldemort. Director David Yates made the previous film as well, but this sixth chapter feels like more of the same without the passion and tension that … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

THE REBELLION BEGINS. As the new leadership of Hogwarts turns increasingly fascist, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is angry to learn that few people are willing to believe that he did meet Voldemort. Many critics loved the fourth movie, but number five is even more engaging, as the Order of the Phoenix and Hogwart’s students prepare to … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

DARK AND DIFFICULT TIMES LIE AHEAD. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is forced to participate in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament, something that will leave him face to face with Voldemort. That’s right, this fourth installment finally introduces us to the supremely evil arch-enemy, deliciously played by Ralph Fiennes. This chapter also deals with typical, moderately amusing teenage … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter: The Education of a Wizard

LET THE MAGIC BEGIN. I don’t know what idiot decided that American readers would be too stupid to understand J.K. Rowling’s original title for her hugely popular novel “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Anyone with the slightest interest in alchemy knows what a philosopher’s stone is, but what the heck is a sorcerer’s stone? … Continue reading Harry Potter: The Education of a Wizard