Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Love and Friendship – 7.8

June 22nd, 2016|

May there always be an England, particularly an England of manor houses, landed gentry, beautiful clothes and complete paragraphs – even better when described by Jane Austen. Kate Beckinsale is marvelous as the conniving Lady Susan of the book’s title and everyone else revolves around her, with the men rather more buffoonish and the women […]

Sunset Story – 5.5

June 22nd, 2016|

Aimless and about an hour too long, it gave the impression of being transcribed from the Scottish equivalent of Gone With the Wind and better suited to a TV miniseries – both of which turn out to be the case. Just when we thought we’d reached the end of a pointless but pleasant glance at […]

The Nice Guys – 6.5

June 17th, 2016|

A fine comedic performance by Ryan Gosling as a bumbling L.A. private eye in this silly but harmless piffle that echoes much better noir films of the past. Russell Crowe lends heft to the proceedings, which go a little haywire once bullets, sadly but inevitably, start to spray.

Weiner – 7

June 12th, 2016|

1. Why would anyone let documentary filmmakers into their private lives when the backdrop is a national scandal?

2. Why would they let the filming continue when a new scandal erupts and all your relationships are under major stress?

3. That said, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner who – major foible aside […]

Popstar: Don’t Stop Don’t Stopping – 5

June 12th, 2016|

This Andy Samberg update of Spinal Tap never got off the ground for me. I kept waiting for something to laugh at, or for music to enjoy, but the whole thing was too self-referential, too tongue-in-its-own-cheek, too artificial. Maybe if I thought Andy Samberg was funny – or at least interesting – I would have enjoyed […]

Maggie’s Plan – 7.3

June 7th, 2016|

Another cuddly Greta Herwig vehicle – does she ever play other than the lovable not-quite-loser but not exactly Julia Roberts? There are a bundle of pleasantly smile-inducing moments, especially early on before a plot takes over, including a marvelous cameo for Wallace Shawn. Ethan Hawke is convincing as a charmer whose narcissism is overlooked but […]