TEA WITH THE DAMES – Review by Martha K Baker

In the midst of movies that call for blood, curses, and mayhem, “em>Tea with the Dames offers those ingredients elegantly and eloquently from dames of the British realm who are also stars of stage and screen. At tea are Dame and Lady Joan Plowright, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, and Dame Eileen Atkins.Tea with the Dames is literate, funny, poignant, a respite and a reminder. Utterly delicious, this tea with Champagne with the Dames.

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BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE – Review by Martha K Baker

Bad Times is ostensibly a thriller about a hotel, half in Nevada, half in California. At the outset, that’s kinda funny because the thick red line demarcating states runs through the parking lot and the lobby. Guests get to pick which state to stay in, but since most of the rooms have not been serviced and the others run along an observation corridor, it’s not a choice.

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LIZZIE — Review by Martha K Baker

Lizzie resurrects an old axe murder mystery. The year is 1892. The murder: Mr. and Mrs. Borden. The suspect: Lizzie. If this movie were just the unspooling of a Victorian axe murder, it would still balance merit with demerits, but as it’s based on a real murder, Lizzie takes on an element of history beyond the psychological thriller. The story begins in medias res as Lizzie Borden, one of wealthy Alexander Borden’s two daughters, finds her father axed. She screams for Bridget, the servant, to call the police. Then they find Abby Borden, Lizzie and Emma’s icy step-mother, also axed.

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SCIENCE FAIR — Martha K Baker

Science Fair studies young scientists in competition. As one who never had the intellectual mettle or the mentors for a science project, I approached Science Fair, a National Geographic documentary, with traumatic stress. I came away from its lessons in tears, impressed with all those teenagers from all those countries, placing in the world of science.

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PUZZLE — Review by Martha K. Baker

Puzzle is aptly named for a game and a dilemma. Puzzles are what children do to learn eye/hand coordination. But when Agnes receives a puzzle for her birthday, she is drawn to it like filings to magnet. She is a housewife for a festering man child, who works in a garage and expects his dinner on the table. Imagine his surprise when he finds a puzzle on it instead.

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