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Scene On Film: ‘Quartet’

By Joan Ellis How often do you see a nearly perfect movie? Quartet is just that. First credit goes to Dustin Hoffman who exploded into our movie lives 46 years...

February 8, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Django Unchained’

By Joan Ellis Pulp Fiction was an exciting innovation; Inglourious Basterds was a masterpiece. But hasn’t Quentin Tarantino crossed the line in Django Unchained (wonderful title) by targeting American slaves with his love...

February 1, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’

By Joan Ellis Hyde Park on Hud­son is an unexpected pleasure. Despite the extraordinary tension be­tween England and America in 1939, director Roger Michell focuses instead on the ways Roosevelt...

January 11, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Amour’

By Joan Ellis   Amour has arrived on a wave of superlatives. Critics, who I suspect may be quite young, have hailed it as a masterful love story and an...

January 4, 2013 | comments

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

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

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