Movie Review: PADDINGTON

PADDINGTON | © 2015 TWC-Dimension

Rating: PG Stars: Ben Whishaw (voice), Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, Michael Gambon (voice), Imelda Staunton (voice) Writer: Paul King, screen story by Hamish McColl and Paul King, based on the character created by Michael Bond Director: Paul King Distributor: TWC-Dimension Release Date: January 16, 2015 PADDINGTON, based on the beloved illustrated children’s book series by Michael Bond about a young and very civilized bear from deepest Peru who comes to live in London, is the kind of movie that could have been made at almost any time in film history. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: GODZILLA

GODZILLA movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins Writer: Max Borenstein, story by Dave Callaham, based on the character created by Toho Studios Director: Gareth Edwards Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 16, 2014 No movie can be all things to all people, but GODZILLA would seem to have an especially rough time in this regard. The original 1954 Japanese film GOJIRA is about a giant monster that arises and decimates cities in response to the testing of nuclear weapons. The message was sincere, but the effect (if it ever wasn’t) is now […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MADE IN DAGENHAM

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With all of the arguments today about labor unions, MADE IN DAGENHAM is certainly timely. The film, directed by Nigel Close and written by William Ivory, concerns the real strike that occurred in 1968 at the Ford auto factory in Dagenham, England, when a one-day walkout by the plant’s 187 female workers over their designation as “unskilled” workers (and the commensurate lower wages, vs. the 50,000 skilled males then employed there) turned into a full-on strike for equal pay for equal work. We can see the cause is just. Stitching car seats together is not something that can be done […]Read On »

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