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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Films with fully developed elderly characters shouldn’t be a rarity, but this charming sequel highlights how scarce, and welcome, they are. Continue reading

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My Old Lady

Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas are in fine form in the bitter-and-sweet “My Old Lady.” Continue reading

British Film Focus

It’s opera singers, the British Independent Film Awards and a strange suspense thriller for this edition looking at cinema from across the pond. Continue reading

Coming to DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 18

It’s a tale of two very different vacations this week with “The Cabin in the Woods” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” on DVD and Blu-ray. Continue reading

At the Mountains of Movie Madness — Week One

A summer-long marathon of randomly recommended films begins with two Maggie Smith movies, a fascinating comedy and two “things” that can only be described as incomprehensible. Continue reading

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Gnomeo & Juliet

A second-rate rip-off of “Toy Story,” “Gnomeo & Juliet” always goes for the lowest common denominator. Continue reading

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Nanny McPhee Returns

The first movie wasn’t that great and this one takes a step down. Continue reading

The Success of Harry Potter

How did a book series that started 12 years ago become one of the highest grossing franchises in film history? Continue reading

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Nanny McPhee Returns

Just when you think all kiddie movies have puny ambitions, Nanny McPhee returns to recapture a little magic. Continue reading

Clash of the Titans

The cheesy but enjoyable 1981 mythology fantasia stars Harry Hamlin, Laurence Olivier and a whole lot of Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion puppets. Continue reading