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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

Scene On Film: “Magic Mike”

By Joan Ellis If you’re up for a thoroughly unpleasant movie with some fair to middling acting, then trundle yourself off to Magic Mike. From beginning to end, this movie is...

July 13, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “To Rome With Love”

By Joan Ellis To Rome, With Love is a wondrous romp for its first half-hour.  Woody Allen introduces four mostly unconnected stories that unfold against the beauty of Rome in...

July 6, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “Peace, Love & Misunderstanding”

By Joan Ellis Here’s a piece of summer froth, a reprieve from the summer blockbusters. Peace, Love, & Mi­sunder­standing is peppered with genuinely good actors who could rise to any...

June 29, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “Moonrise Kingdom”

By Joan Ellis Moonrise King­dom is a marvelously goofy concoction that makes us smile in wonder at the mind that created it. The initial seed, apparently, was Wes Anderson’s memory...

June 21, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “Bernie”

By Joan Ellis There’s only one way to watch Bernie. Reach deep for whatever feelings you may have for Southern Gothic tales and be grateful you have that sensibility. If...

June 14, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “Snow White and the Huntsman”

By Joan Ellis Whatever your age you will probably watch Snow White and the Huntsman in a contained sense of terror. Branches curl, rocks morph into monsters, armored soldiers attack...

June 7, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “Battleship”

By Joan Ellis Editor’s note:  Joan Ellis, feeling guilty about a generational antipathy to blockbusters, has asked 20-year-old Keenan Ellis to write the second half of this review in the...

May 31, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “Hysteria”

By Joan Ellis How often are you delighted by both the story and the look of a comedy? In grand collaboration, director Tanya Wexler and writer Stephen Dyer have managed...

May 24, 2012 | comments

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