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Scene On Film: ‘The Gatekeepers’

By Joan Ellis If you are confused about the issues in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, you are not likely to gain clarity from The Gatekeepers. What you will carry away is...

March 22, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Emperor’

By Joan Ellis Is there a time or a place more compelling than Japan in 1945? The Japanese had surrendered four years after bombing Pearl Harbor. Hiroshima and Nagasaki lay not...

March 15, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013’

By Joan Ellis Have you rushed to your nearest theater to see Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013? Of course not. It’s a given for all of us that a flawed distribution...

March 8, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Side Effects’

By Joan Ellis Side Effects plays games with us. Steven Soderbergh knows well that audiences love to figure out the director’s game plan and with that done, to identify the...

March 1, 2013 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

By Joan Ellis Zero Dark Thirty has become a current event. Who but director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal would have tackled the daunting challenge of filming the hunt...

February 15, 2013 | comments

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

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