Tag: Scene on Film

Scene on Film: ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’

  Rated R By Joan Ellis In an inexplicable streak of bad luck for audiences, “Hello, My Name is Doris” is labored and contrived beyond the limits of normal endurance. Every single move...

May 7, 2016 | comments

Film Review: Coming Home

In ‘Coming Home’ Director Zhang Yimou has succeeded where so many others fail. He has directed superb actors in a love story that washes slowly over the audience while handing...

October 13, 2015 | comments

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ – Rated PG-13

By Joan Ellis Where were you when chess prodigy Bobby Fischer was becoming a legend? If you were around in the ‘50s, you began to hear stories about the self-taught...

October 2, 2015 | comments

Scene On Film: ‘Robot and Frank’

By Joan Ellis Robot and Frank is by turns funny, touching and shot through with sly social commentary. We meet Frank (Frank Langella) as he is wandering aimlessly through his...

September 14, 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: “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: “The Perfect Family”

By Joan Ellis A touching comedy about the Catholic Church is not something I’ve been expecting, but here it is. And it’s good. As Eileen Cleary (Kathleen Turner) makes her...

May 11, 2012 | comments

Scene On Film: “Darling Companion”

By Joan Ellis Darling Companion is a good news/bad news movie. Reasons to see it: nice idea, good cast. Reasons not to: promise unfulfilled. Who wouldn’t want to see a...

May 4, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘The Hunger Games’

By Joan Ellis The Hunger Games? Should you bother? Suzanne Collins’ successful trilogy has been crafted and acted by talented professionals. I add, with appreciation, that the filmmakers have used...

April 6, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’

by Joan Ellis Welcome to a grand surprise. Without much advance buzz, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen snuck into town to enliven the dustbowl that follows the annual Academy Awards....

March 30, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘Game Change’

By Joan Ellis Game Change is a good movie about a controversial subject. When the Republicans found themselves behind in the 2008 presidential campaign, Steve Schmidt (Woody Harrelson) convinced John...

March 23, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘In Darkness’

By Joan Ellis A long time ago I took an oral history of a woman who drove her five children in a hay wagon from her farm in the Russian...

March 15, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: ‘Wanderlust’

By Joan Ellis Is Wanderlust just another lukewarm yuppie comedy? Almost, but not quite. Like it or not, it will be remembered as the movie that broke through the barrier of...

March 9, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: If You Missed These…

By Joan Ellis AFTER THE OSCAR fuss is over, think about catching up on the good movies you may have missed.  You’ll find them somewhere in the digital nether world...

March 1, 2012 | comments

Scene on Film: Oscars 2011

By Joan Ellis 2011 brought us the usual mix of good, bad, and indifferent movies that were linked, inexcusably, by interminable barren stretches. There were far too many weeks when...

February 23, 2012 | comments

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