Film Reviews

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth Director: Rob Marshall Several long years have passed since Mary Poppins was nanny to the Banks children, and now they are all grown up. But when Michael (Wishaw) is struggling with money and the loss of his… Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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Dolly Month: Steel Magnolias (1989)

Starring: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott Director: Herbert Ross A beautiful ensemble film, with an absolutely incredible cast, Steel Magnolias opens with an awkward and lost looking Annelle (Hannah) shuffling into a small Louisiana town and getting a job at Truvy's (Parton) beauty shop.… Continue reading Dolly Month: Steel Magnolias (1989)

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Dolly Month: A Smokey Mountain Christmas (1986)

Starring: Dolly Parton, Lee Majors, Bo Hopkins Director: Henry Winkler Lorna (Parton) is a country singer who has lost touch with her roots and the things that inspire her, so, since it's Christmas, she sneaks away from Hollywood and heads to the Smokey Mountains and the place she grew up. On the way, she falls… Continue reading Dolly Month: A Smokey Mountain Christmas (1986)

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Dolly Month: Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors (2015)

Starring: Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Dolly Parton Director: Stephen Herek Based on Dolly's life, this TV movie shows what it was like growing up in the Smokey Mountains as a family of 12 children. Based on Parton's song Coat Of Many Colors, in which her mother makes her a coat from rags… Continue reading Dolly Month: Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors (2015)

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Podcast: Robin Williams and the World According to Garp on The Film Connection

Steven Saunders has moved his podcast from Screenmayhem to The Film Connection, but you can still here his great podcast about screen greats and their films, from Billy Wilder to Bill Murray. I was lucky enough to join the podcast for this episode, part of a series on Robin Williams. It was a moving experience… Continue reading Podcast: Robin Williams and the World According to Garp on The Film Connection

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Women (1939)

Starring: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine Director: George Cukor An unusual film, The Women was adapted for the screen from the Clare Luce Boothe play, and has 130 speaking roles, all of whom are women. In fact, almost all of the portraits on the sets show women and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Women (1939)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: A Christmas Story (1983)

Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin Director: Bob Clark Ralphie (Billingsley) is a cute blonde haired, blue eyed kid whose major goal in life is to have a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas that he's heard all about on his favourite radio show. But since his parents don't want to give him one,… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: A Christmas Story (1983)

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The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Starring: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Goldie Hawn,  Director: Clay Kaytis Since their father died, Christmas hasn't been the same for the Pierce family. But when Teddy and Kate are left alone on Christmas Eve, their plan to try to capture Santa Claus on camera leads them on a wild adventure to help Santa… Continue reading The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

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Goosebumps 2 (2018)

Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Ken Jeong, Jack Black Director: Ari Sandel Just in time for Halloween, the film adaptation based on RL Stine's classic book series Goosebumps returns for a sequel. Set at Halloween, the film follows two best friends who uncover a strange ventriloquists dummy hidden in an… Continue reading Goosebumps 2 (2018)

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Apostasy (2017)

Starring: Siobhan Finneran, Sacha Parkinson, Molly Wright, Robert Emms Director: Daniel Kokotajlo A portrait of a religious family in crisis, Ivanna (Finneran) and her teenage daughters Luisa (Parkinson) and Alex (Wright) are Jehovah's Witnesses in the UK. When Luisa, studying at university, transgresses religious law, her family is forced to shun her. While Ivanna seems… Continue reading Apostasy (2017)