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Scene On Film: ‘Prisoners’

By Joan Ellis   Prisoners springs from a growing trend toward explicit violence in serious movies. The more of it, the better. When someone is beaten to a pulp in...

September 27, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Out of a Clear Blue Sky’

By Joan Ellis Twelve years after Danielle Gardner lost her brother in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, she has made a chronicle of that day and its...

September 20, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Closed Circuit’

By Joan Ellis Far too much time has passed since the Brits have challenged us with one of the spy thrillers they do so well. The good news is that...

September 13, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: Elysium

By Joan Ellis Elysium will make you shake and rattle precisely because it is threaded with credible foreshadowing of our future. As Neill Blomkamp’s camera scans the face of Earth,...

September 6, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Museum Hours’

By Joan Ellis Abandon expectations, all ye who enter here. Museum Hours is a fine new film unlike anything we are accustomed to.  It asks only that we banish our...

August 30, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

By Joan Ellis And we thought we’d done it all. Half a million men died in the war that resulted in Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in...

August 23, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Blue Jasmine’

By Joan Ellis Pleasure washes over us in the first scene of Blue Jasmine.  Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) has spent the entire flight from Europe to New York unloading her life...

August 16, 2013 | comments

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

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