UNFROSTED – Review by Susan Granger

When your name is as famous as Jerry Seinfeld’s and your bank account tops $900 million (according to Celebrity Net Worth), you can make whatever kind of movie suits your fancy. For his feature-film directorial debut, 70 year-old Seinfeld chose a campy comedy about the creation of the tasty Pop Tart when cereal wars rattled Battle Creek, Michigan, which Seinfeld called “cereal’s Silicon Valley.” Back in 1963, both Kellogg’s and General Foods – a.k.a. Post – were eager to break away from the traditional cereal need for a bowl, milk and spoon.

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LUCA – Review by Susan Granger

Once upon a time near a beautiful seaside town in the Cinque Terra region of the Italian Riviera, two young mermen – or, as the locals called them, ‘sea monsters’ – spend an unforgettable summer together. Despite cautionary warnings from his parents, teenage Luca is curious about the world that’s above the surface of the sea where he and his family live.

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LUCA – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Luca, the latest under-the-sea Disney-produced animated adventure, might be a few leagues below such House of Mouse ‘toon classics as The Little Mermaid with its show tunes and Finding Nemo with its tale of fatherly love. But this buoyantly engaging Pixar tale directed by Enrico Casarosa, the maker of the Oscar-nominated 2011 short La Luna, provides enough catchy hooks to please most family viewers.

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LIGHT FROM LIGHT – Review by Carol Cling

Haunted — and haunting. Not all ghost stories qualify on both counts. But Light From Light emerges as a welcome, unexpectedly moving exception. Gently, deliberately, it avoids the usual over-the-top “gotcha!” shocks associated with cinematic explorations of the paranormal. Instead, Light From Light remains true to its title, blending subtle imagery and equally intriguing emotion to depth-charge effect.

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BEING FRANK – Review by Martha K Baker

There’s an old Vaudeville joke about two men named Frank and Earnest. The one exhorts the other: “You be frank. I’ll be earnest.” Get it? It’s a joke. It’s far funnier than any single moment in Being Frank, where the very title is ironic because the main character, Frank, is less than.

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