NAPOLEON – Review by Susan Granger

Big-budgeted Napoleon is an epic bore. Working from David Scarpa’s history-heavy script, director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) spends 2 hours, 38 minutes alternating between brutality on the battlefield and violence in the bedroom, succeeding more in the former than the latter – since he used 11 cameras, filming simultaneously for the frontline carnage. In the titular role, Joaquin Phoenix is almost as quirky and creepy as he was as Arthur Fleck in Joker. He whines, sneers and – almost comically – habitually covers his ears after ordering the canons to fire. What he lacks is charisma.

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THE HAPPY PRINCE – Review by Martha K Baker

The Happy Prince takes more than it gives. Oscar Wilde — bon vivant, playwright, addict — published a collection of short stories for children in 1888. Included among the five is The Happy Prince, which serves in voice-over as ironic bookends for Rupert Everett’s homage to Wilde’s last days on earth, not one of them pretty, except in retrospect.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 26 – September 30: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

The origins of Ransom Riggs’s book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children began with a collection of deeply strange photos. Opening Sept. 30, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Read On…

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