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At the Movies: Go See Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge

I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m going to say it anyway. The Judge is Robert Downey Jr.’s best movie to date. I’ve enjoyed his performances in the Sherlock Holmes movies and my husband likes him as the Iron Man, but we both agree that, in The Judge, he is outstanding. Our opinion […]

At the Movies: This Is Where I Leave You

    Finally, a decent movie at the theater. (It’s been a bad year.) This Is Where I Leave You was not only decent, but it had good characters, a good story and something to think about. It went beyond my expectations. This is the story of the Altman family. The four grown children have returned home […]

Another Judi Dench Movie: Cranford

2014 is my year to focus on Judi Dench’s movies. I’ve challenged myself to watch and review one a month. I was inspired by the actress’ performance in Philomena. I enjoyed it so much that it made me want to go back and sample as many of her best movies as possible. In 2009 I […]

A Look At Judi Dench: Jane Eyre

2014 is my year to focus on Judi Dench’s movies. I’ve challenged myself to watch and review one a month. I was inspired by the actress’ performance in Philomena. I enjoyed it so much that it made me want to go back and sample as many of her best movies. I decided to follow up […]

Another Judi Dench Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I’m challenging myself this year to see one Judi Dench movie a month. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance in Philomena. I enjoyed it so much that it made me want to go back and sample as many of her best movies and tv series. THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL Although they don’t know each other, […]

Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

I’ve been meaning to read A Room With A View for quite a while. I finally started in on the book and, by the end, I decided to read it again, this time via audiobook. Then, by the time I finished the audiobook, I knew I had to see the movie. You could say I […]

Movie Review: Philomena

Fifty-plus years ago Philomena Lee (played by Judi Dench) became pregnant while unmarried. She was sent to a convent for girls in that condition. In return for help with childbirth (with no pain relieve), she was required to work at the convent for four years. The young women could see their babies for one hour […]

Big John Wayne’s Movies As Seen By Roger Ebert

As I read Roger Ebert’s memoir, Life Itself, it made me want to see again many of the old classics. As I mentioned in my review of the book, here, the chapter on John Wayne captured my full attention. I’ve seen so many of John Wayne’s movies (many, many times) because my husband is a […]

Lunch and a Matinee: $5 Movies

You know that my husband and I love to go to the movie theater, especially now that we are retired. We like to go in the middle of the day when the rest of the world is working. In the years that I’ve been blogging I also like to tell you about the ones we’ve […]

Two Great Movies

After several months of (in my opinion) mediocre movies at the theater, we finally got two great ones in one week. It’s okay, I’m not really complaining. I felt like having a popcorn week anyway. Both of these two movies are big-screen worthy. If you can only pick one for the big screen, I recommend […]