GREED – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Based on the lavish life and crimes of taste, decorum and common decency of UK cheap-fashion mogul Philip Green, whose low-rent boutiques catered to the young and trendy, Michael Winterbottom’s Greed–a breezy chronicle of bad behavior by the rich and notorious–is either a cautionary tale or an exhortation to just do it, depending on which way your moral compass points.

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STAN & OLLIE – Review by Susan Granger

After fame and fortune left the world-famous vaudeville comedy team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy far behind, they embarked on a career-concluding tour of Great Britain. Disgruntled but not discouraged, they turn to public relations stunts to sell tickets. In addition to Hardy’s persistent health problems, they’re constantly bickering, dredging up old grievances.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 6-12: MINIONS

Opening July 10, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Minions, the spin-off from hit animations Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, which gives the eponymous yellow critters the spotlight to themselves as they search for the perfect evil boss. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 11-17: THE TRIP TO ITALY

Opening Aug. 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Trip to Italy, the mostly improvised follow up to Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 film, The Trip. Comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their hilarious, semi-fictional depictions of themselves in another gastronomic tour of Europe. This time the longtime friends are retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy. The mouth-watering meals are outdone only by the spectacular vistas of Italy. The humor is sure to delight as much as the gourmet meals. Read on…

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