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Score: A Film Music Documentary

BEHIND EVERY GREAT FILM IS A GREAT COMPOSER.  Matt Schrader left his job at CBS to make his directing debut, a documentary about film music. With help from historian Leonard Maltin, we get a quick look at the history of movie scores and how they have changed, especially when jazz gained a foothold. We get … Continue reading Score: A Film Music Documentary

New Year’s Eve

THE ONE NIGHT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Garry Marshall followed up his ensemble piece Valentine’s Day (2010) with a similar film, made to entertain young and old as we contemplate the (romantic?) possibilities of a new year. The cast is full of stars, but focus tends to lie on younger, popular talent. What everybody has in common though … Continue reading New Year’s Eve

Valentine’s Day

A LOVE STORY. MORE OR LESS. If Hallmark Valentine’s Day cards make you go “aww”, then this is a movie for you. Director Garry Marshall and his star-studded cast introduce us to a great number of stories about people and their romantic relationships on the supposedly most love-filled day of the year, most of them … Continue reading Valentine’s Day

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

THE THRONE IS ALL HERS… BUT THERE’S A LITTLE HITCH. Amelia (Anne Hathaway) is prepared to assume the throne of Genovia, but her right to it is questioned by a rival who points out that the law demands she finds a mate. If there’s any preteen girls out there whose princess fantasies weren’t fulfilled by watching … Continue reading The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

The Majestic

SOMETIMES YOUR LIFE COMES INTO FOCUS ONE FRAME AT A TIME.  Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton (Jim Carrey) leaves town, ends up in a car accident and is washed ashore in a small California hamlet where he’s mistaken for a young man who was thought to have died in WWII. A typical Frank Darabont picture; … Continue reading The Majestic

The Princess Diaries

SHE ROCKS. SHE RULES. SHE REIGNS. 15-year-old American Amelia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) learns that her grandmother (Julie Andrews) is actually the Queen of Genovia and that she herself is next in line to the throne. The Pretty Woman director returns to the “My Fair Lady” concept, with another socially awkward girl who is taught how to behave at … Continue reading The Princess Diaries

Never Been Kissed

SOME THINGS ARE WORTH WAITING FOR. Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a copy editor at Chicago Sun-Times, gets an undercover assignment that sends her back to high school to learn what today’s teenagers are going through. The script gives Barrymore’s character a chance to do everything right in school the second time round – a clever … Continue reading Never Been Kissed