ON BROADWAY – Review by Martha K Baker

Director Oren Jacoby brings The Great White Way to the Silver Screen, and it’s a glorious trek. He made this commendable documentary in 2019, but the vicissitudes of a pandemic closed movie houses. So this recent history of Broadway is just now appearing, but it’s well worth the wait.

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F9: THE FAST SAGA – Review by Susan Granger

Originally released 20 years ago as a supercharged B-movie about street racing, starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, the gritty Fast and Furious franchise has continued to flourish – “a quarter mile at a time,” as Dominic Toretto would say. Thinly scripted by Daniel Casey, Alfredo Botello and director Justin Lin, this ninth installment revolves around generic Toretto sibling angst, punctuated by preposterous, over-the-top, physics-defying stunts and the sound of purring engines, squealing tires and skidding stops.

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F9: THE FAST SAGA – Review by Leslie Combemale

F9: The Fast Saga is truly the most ridiculous movie I’ve ever seen. There were times when I was rolling my eyes so hard I feared they’d roll right out of their sockets. A scene where two dudes get shot into outer space in a souped-up car wearing vintage diving dress comes to mind. It is, however, a film that features not one or two, but six smart, independent women in positions of power, who can fight as hard and well as the men do. They need no rescuing. In fact, in F9 they often take control of the situation.

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THE GOOD LIAR – Review by Susan Granger

In their first film together, Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen match wits in a clever crime caper, set in London. Widowed Betty McLeish (Mirren) is a retired Oxford professor with $3.6 million in assets and no idea how to invest her money. Tweedy, chivalrous Roy (McKellen) Courtnay is the professional con man she meets via an on-line service called Distinctive Dating.

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THE GOOD LIAR – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Helen Mirren as a meek, naive widow simply ripe for the picking by Ian McKellen’s silver-fox dating-app con artist? That… seems unlikely. “Sometimes casting alone gives a movie’s game away right from the get-go, doesn’t it?” is the inevitable default position anyone with even a modicum of movie knowledge takes into The Good Liar.

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS – Review by Martha K Baker

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms combines fantasies. The latest Disney extravaganza is fantastic — literally. The ballet most people know by Marius Petipa is based on a short story called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Both fantasies. Ashleigh Powell wrote a screenplay to expand those flights of fancy.

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS – Review by Susan Granger

Disney’s big-budget attempt to adapt E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fantasy and Tchaikovsky’s ballet is a muddled mess, comparable to A Wrinkle in Time. In Victorian London, the story begins with inventive young Clara Stahlbaum (Mackenzie Foy) in the attic demonstrating her elaborate Rube Goldberg-type mousetrap to her younger brother Fritz (Tom Sweet).

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Judd and Mirren Honored, Chenoweth Cast and Weinstein Ousted! — Brandy McDonnell reports

In an unprecedented move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has terminated Harvey Weinstein’s membership, following the storm

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