shorts: 14

Posted: August 31, 2016 in Arts
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Game, The (1997) – Extremely engrossing, well-acted puzzle continually stretches, before finally snapping, any reasonable measure of plausibility. (2½) – 08/31/16

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) – Not one false note in this compelling and melancholy story of a woman who can’t sing eventually playing Carnegie Hall. (3½) – 08/31/16

Everything Must Go (2010) – Everything can stay except for an unnecessary and distasteful plot twist. (3) – 08/31/16

Love and Death (1975) – Witty dialogue and Rimsky-Korsakov music carry this story of a neurotic serf and his cousin’s plot to assassinate Napoleon. (3½) – 08/31/16

Big Short, The (2015) – Based on real events, greed fills every scene as a maverick hedge fund manager bets against the big banks. (3½) – 08/31/16

Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) – Sissy Spacek is eerily spot-on as Loretta Lynn in biopic that should have been an EP, not an LP. (3) – 08/31/16

Her (2013) – In a refreshingly non-dystopian future, love between a lonely man and an evolving OS (operating system) is masterfully rendered. (4) – 08/31/16

Poseidon Adventure, The (1972) – First of the 1970’s large ensemble disaster flicks features a topsy-turvy world and wildly emoting Gene Hackman. (2½) – 08/31/16

Bling Ring, The (2013) – Criminal indiscretions of fame obsessed teens in Los Angeles is more of a misdemeanor than a felony. (2) – 08/31/16

Bolt (2008) – C’mon, how can a loveable, animated dog coming of age be anything but huge fun? (3½) – 08/31/16

  1. rangewriter says:

    Last night I watched The Paper Chase with John Houseman and Timothy Bottoms, circa 1973. I wanted to see if it lived up to my memory of it. It did. Houseman is perfect as the elusive, conceited, and detached professor at Harvard Law School.


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