Tag: Joan Ellis

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

Scene On Film: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ and ‘Watch’

By Joan Ellis The Bourne Legacy exacts a price: fear. Whenever we settle into a quiet, cerebral scene, the soundtrack explodes through the surround-sound speakers with an unearthly, ear-splitting noise...

August 24, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Hope Springs’

By Joan Ellis Hope Springs tosses its audience back and forth between laughter and despair.  At least we’re in the hands of experts for the tussle. You may remember this...

August 17, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: “Searching for Sugar Man”

By Joan Ellis Have you heard of Rodriguez? Not likely. His story might never have surfaced if two South African sleuths had not decided to unravel the mystery of the Mexican-American folk...

August 3, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “Take This Waltz”

By Joan Ellis Take This Waltz is about love and infidelity, but that tells you next to nothing about what unfolds here. Let’s look at the bare bones before taking a...

July 27, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “The Amazing Spider-Man”

By Joan Ellis Welcome to the thinking man’s blockbuster.  The first scene grabs our attention without even a hint of pyro­technics and gives us instead a story soaked in science. A...

July 20, 2012 | comments

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