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Movie review: Second Act

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Joan Ellis



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Second Act— Running Time: 1:43 — Rating: PG-13

“Second Act” is a movie that would have succeeded mightily in the ’50s. Even in this era when moviemakers think every film must carry a lesson, or at least be good for us, this one is nice light fun. Just relax and enjoy it without thinking you must rise at the end having learned something.

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Movie review: Vice

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Joan Ellis



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Vice— Running Time: 2:12 — Rating: R

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Movie review: The Favourite

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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The Favourite— Running Time: 1:59 — Rating: R

“The Favourite” opened to a number of rave reviews and is in line for Oscar honors. I mention that because I thought the movie was intolerable. Let’s take a look at the positives first.

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Movie review: Bohemian Rhapsody

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Bohemian Rhapsody— Running Time: 2:14 — Rating: PG-13

By way of confession, a fear of “just another rock musical” kept me away from “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Wrong on all counts. Within minutes of its opening, this movie captures hearts, including mine. Terrific acting, directing, writing and design all mesh to make it original. Given some serious human problems that crop up, it never once turns melodramatic as it would in other hands.

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Movie review: The Frontrunner

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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The Front Runner — Running Time: 1:53 — Rating: R

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Movie review: Widows

Posted on December 3, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Widows— Running Time: 2:09 — Rating: R

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Movie review: Green Book

Posted on November 26, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Green Book— Running Time: 2:10 — Rating: R

“Green Book” may well be the finest movie of this year. It is beautifully made by everyone connected with it and audiences love the rare blend of tragedy and comedy, each delivered in sophisticated ways.

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Movie review: Can you ever forgive me?

Posted on November 19, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Can You Ever Forgive Me? — Running Time: 1:46 — Rating: R

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”  is a story rooted in the truth of the life of writer Lee Israel.  The movie is carried by Melissa McCarthy as Israel and Richard E. Grant as her accomplice, Jack Hock.  I need to say up front that this one is drawing excellent reviews and appreciative audiences while adding that I found it very troubling.  Here goes with my take on this movie.

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Movie review: Beautiful Boy

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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Beautiful Boy— Running Time: 2:00 — Rating: R

“Beautiful Boy” earns an adjective that is rare and not always welcome: important. How many people will go to this movie that is about drugs from beginning to end? For some, the answer to that is some version of “why would I want to see a movie about drugs? For others, it offers an extraordinary lifeline.

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Movie review: A Private War

Posted on November 5, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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A Private War— Running Time: 1:46 — Rating: R

Few things are more interesting than exploring the personality traits of a thoroughly unusual person. “A Private War” does just that in a compelling way as it gives us a portrait of Marie Colvin, a London Times reporter whose motivations are a fascinating puzzle.  Her true story is handed to us by actor Rosamund Pike under the direction of Matthew Heineman in a riveting film.   

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