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Film Review: ‘Truth’

By Joan Ellis Truth. Rated R It would be easy to describe “Truth” as the story of the high profile downfall of newsman Dan Rather.  As a young man Rather had drawn...

November 12, 2015 | comments

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ – Rated PG-13

By Joan Ellis Where were you when chess prodigy Bobby Fischer was becoming a legend? If you were around in the ‘50s, you began to hear stories about the self-taught...

October 2, 2015 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’

By Joan Ellis   From first scene to last, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a movie about dishonesty, irresponsibility, cruelty, betrayal, misogyny, narcissism and greed. It is also about...

January 3, 2014 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Out Of The Furnace’

By Joan Ellis “Out of the Furnace” opens with a brutal attack and submerges audiences in violence for nearly two hours. Why go? Because it is beautifully acted by Christian...

December 20, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Nebraska’

By Joan Ellis From start to finish, “Nebraska” is in the hands of very clever filmmakers. That credit goes to director Alexander Payne and writer Bob Nelson who set the...

December 13, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Philomena’

By Joan Ellis Don’t let anyone tell you Philomena is a warm and fuzzy movie. It is profoundly moving with a deep reserve, intensely provocative with a sharp edge. On the...

December 6, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

By Joan Ellis If you loved last year’s “The Hunger Games,” you run a slight risk of disappointment with the newly released “Catching Fire.” Or maybe not. Part II does...

November 29, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘About Time’

By Joan Ellis “About Time” is a great mood movie. We’re all familiar with the feeling of being too life-weary for a serious drama, too weak for adventure, suspicious of...

November 22, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Enough Said’ and ‘Bad Grandpa’

By Joan Ellis “Enough Said” is a love story laced with gentle humor. It might well have been ordinary in other hands, but James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus make it...

November 15, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ’12 Years A Slave’

By Joan Ellis Watching “12 Years a Slave” is an ordeal. It can also become, if we allow it, a major contribution to a collective understanding of our past. In the...

November 8, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Parkland’

By Joan Ellis On all counts but one, “Parkland” does a good job of filling a gap in the sad chronicle of November 22, 1963. We forget how primitive communication was...

November 1, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: 'Kill Your Darlings'

By Joan Ellis “Kill Your Dar­lings” captures and holds an audience from first scene to last. John Krokidas and Austin Bunn – director and co-writers – have created a film...

October 25, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Gravity’

By Joan Ellis Gravity is a spectacle more to be admired than enjoyed. Writers have been justly lyrical in their descriptions of Alfonso Cuaron’s creation of microgravity. The director and...

October 18, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: 'Captain Phillps'

By Joan Ellis One of the trickiest challenges in making movies lies in the phrase “based on a true story.” In Captain Phillips, Director Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks have...

October 11, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘The Family’

By Joan Ellis Let’s assume you set out to make a Mafia spoof. A family enters the FBI witness protection program to avoid death at the hands of furious avengers in...

October 4, 2013 | comments

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