Documentary Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

by Steve Lancaster4/22/19
Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fame, released this documentary last year. In the copious number of movies and books made about the Great War, this is one of the best—for as much of what it does not do as much as what it does. More » • (33 views)

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Movie Review: Anonymous

by Jon N. Hall4/2/19
A Powerful Film Defies the History Books  •  O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention. Sorry about the plagiarism there, but I needed a snappy opening for this movie review. No matter, I’m not likely to be sued, whoever the author might be. And there’s the rub — who the devil wrote those lines? More » • (126 views)

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Movie Review: Highwaymen

by Steve Lancaster3/31/19
It is western story as old as Texas. Two Texas Rangers are charged by the governor of Texas to find and bring to justice two outlaws who were robbing banks and killing people in five states. If you get a picture of John Wayne, or Randolph Scott in your mind, don’t feel bad to discover it is not. More » • (252 views)

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Movie Review: Green Book

by Brad Nelson3/17/19
With parts of Beauty and the Beast, The Odd Couple, Driving Miss Daisy, and Goodfellas, Green Book was the winner for Best Picture in 2018. More » • (138 views)

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Movie Review: Christine (2016)

by David Norris2/6/19
This film is not the Steven King movie based on one of his novels. This is a horror story of another kind. I would call it a cautionary tale about a victim of ideological possession. This movie caught me completely off-guard. More » • (288 views)

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Movie Review: Operation Finale

by Steve Lancaster12/8/18
Hannah Arendt describes the Eichmann trial and what she labels, “the banality of evil” in her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem.  The phrase has slipped into common usage by people who have never read or even heard of The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), or On Violence (1970). More » • (90 views)

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Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof

by Steve Lancaster11/18/18
The American Broadway musical is seldom taken as serious drama. However, even within the confines of the musical, serious themes can be explored. In spite of energetic songs and music the musical has real people in real situations. The music sets a quality for the actor’s dialogue and contributes to the story. More » • (76 views)

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Movie Review: Jurassic World

by Steve Lancaster9/19/18
This is the fifth in the dinosaur rebirth series, and by far the worst. The first movie, Jurassic Park (1993), had a plausible story line and wonderful CG dinosaurs. Even the second movie, Lost World (1997) in the series had some redeeming plot twists and again the CG Dinosaurs were the real stars. More » • (94 views)

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Movie Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

by Brad Nelson6/3/18
I can hear you thinking, “Brad, why are you reviewing another movie that you can’t heartily recommend?” The answer is that you might be fascinated by the subject (mathematics) and/or are a fan of Jeremy Irons who finally (in my humble opinion) has done his first solid work in some time. More » • (161 views)

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Movie Review: Tulip Fever

by Brad Nelson5/30/18
What movie review starts out with “Don’t bother watching this”? This one does. But do bother reading about it, especially if you like a mixture of Three’s Company and The Bard. More » • (83 views)

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Movie Review: True Confessions

by Steve Lancaster5/8/18
The LA Cop  •  There are many movies and television series about police in LA. Some are iconic like Dragnet and others more of the life of the beat cop, like Police Story. Others do not feature LA police but just as easily could have been made there, Hill Street Blues is one of those. More » • (227 views)

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Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

by Brad Nelson4/7/18
This is a Kenneth Branagh project in which he directs and plays the main character, Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot. This is a movie about the man and his mustache. More » • (166 views)

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