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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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