Tag: Joan Ellis

Scene On Film: ‘The Conjuring’

By Joan Ellis Why see The Conjur­ing? Because respectable critics have written reams of praise saying variously that it is gripping, fast-paced, and studded with good acting.  One even called...

August 9, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘RED2’

By Joan Ellis A gang of greats has handed us a little laughter. RED2 reunites Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Mary Louise Parker as they are lured from...

August 2, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Way Way Back’

By Joan Ellis Do you remember sitting in “The Way Way Back” when third row backward-facing seats were first installed in family station wagons? Nat Faxon and Jim Rash have...

July 26, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Attack’

By Joan Ellis Centuries of religious, cultural, and political anger put the Arab/Israeli conflict beyond our understanding. Once in a great while someone comes forth with a book or a film...

July 19, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Heat’ and ‘Unfinished Song’

By Joan Ellis In the now familiar summer movie desert, here are two that fly under the studio hype. They are so wildly different, one from the other, that it’s...

July 12, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Man of Steel’

By Joan Ellis I fell in love with Superman when I was 8. Smitten, I bought all the comic books of his first few years, storing them carefully on a...

July 5, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘I’m So Excited’

By Joan Ellis Who doesn’t look forward to a movie written and directed by Pedro Almo­dovar? Always unpredictable, he sprinkles his movies with metaphor and the unexpected in the written...

June 28, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Before Midnight’

By Joan Ellis Eighteen years ago Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke starred in Before Sunrise, the first of a film trilogy that followed a young couple who had the freedom...

June 21, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks’

By Joan Ellis We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks explores the wound that keeps on bleeding. Alex Gibney has written and directed a documentary that lands like a hand grenade...

June 14, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Frances Ha’

By Joan Ellis Life as an aspiring something in New York in your 20s is often a walk on the edge of despair. Noah Baumbach has directed a movie that captures...

June 7, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Big Wedding’ and ‘In The House’

By Joan Ellis The Big Wedding. If you are hungry for a good movie on this holiday weekend, may I suggest that you avoid this one at all costs. You must...

May 31, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Mud’

By Joan Ellis   Start with an infectious sense of place. Mud unfolds in rural Arkan­sas around a river where people live in water-rooted shacks and scratch a living from...

May 24, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

By Joan Ellis How often do you watch a movie that invites you to open your mind wide for new understanding? Not often in our polarized world. As a story...

May 10, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Company You Keep’

By Joan Ellis Don’t dare to miscast a movie that’s rooted in a true story. For The Company You Keep, the filmmakers have assembled a cast of four Academy Award...

May 3, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ’42’

By Joan Ellis Each of us is likely to watch 42 through the prism of our own age. If you are young or middle age, you have lived on the...

April 26, 2013 | comments

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