Tag: Joan Ellis

Scene On Film: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

By Joan Ellis The comically dys­functional family in Silver Linings Play­book has no villains, and that happy circumstance leaves us free to enjoy the dysfunction. Within seconds of the opening,...

December 14, 2012 | comments

A Fair Trial?

By Joan Ellis The premise is stark: The fight to stop the state of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. West of Memphis (a Sony Pictures Classics release) is a documentary made...

December 14, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Lincoln’

By Joan Ellis Rarely has a slice of American history been delivered with such panache. Based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, Lincoln is driven by the determination of the...

December 7, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Skyfall’

By Joan Ellis Bond to a beauty: “I like you better without your Beretta.” Skyfall is first-rate James Bond from beginning to end. Writers Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan...

November 30, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Other Son’

By Joan Ellis It is likely that you will leave your own life behind and simply disappear into The Other Son. This is a story brought to deeply moving life...

November 16, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Flat’

By Joan Ellis Doesn’t the richness of history lie in the footnotes? It’s there that we find the memories and stories that make our past come alive. These come in the...

November 9, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Taken 2’

By Joan Ellis Taken 2 opens with scenes of gentle warmth before plunging suddenly into unrelenting violence. The mayhem is entirely physical – guns, knives, grenades and fists all used...

October 26, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Argo’

By Joan Ellis Ben Affleck has hit a thundering home run with Argo. As director and principal actor, he has managed to avoid excess and melodrama in a situation that...

October 19, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Trouble with the Curve’

By Joan Ellis Would tolerance have come more easily if Trouble with the Curve had been released before instead of after the ordeal of watching Clint Eastwood talk to an...

October 12, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Master’

By Joan Ellis At the risk of being consigned to the dustbin, I will tell you about The Master, a movie Rolling Stone – among others – has called “a...

October 8, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Arbitrage’

By Joan Ellis Arbitrage brings the Wall Street predators of today’s headlines to vivid life. In an unexpectedly strong performance, Richard Gere creates Robert Miller, a commanding hedge fund manager who...

September 28, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Words’

By Joan Ellis The Words slipped into town on a raft of mediocre reviews and little hype. What a surprise then to enjoy every frame of this carefully crafted movie.  Expect...

September 21, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Robot and Frank’

By Joan Ellis Robot and Frank is by turns funny, touching and shot through with sly social commentary. We meet Frank (Frank Langella) as he is wandering aimlessly through his...

September 14, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Intouchables’

By Joan Ellis The Intouchables is lifted high by two actors who know how to transcend the ordin­ary. Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy repeatedly reach for the unexpected in a script...

September 7, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘2016: Obama’s America’

By Joan Ellis 2016: Obama’s Ameri­ca asks this:  “If Barack Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?” There are as many answers to that question as...

August 31, 2012 | comments

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