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Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) sent up the family guy, the respectable sinning of the Beverly Hills rich, and the debt the Chinese pay to their ancestral prophecy, all for a few laughs. These subtleties centered in the negative, which is …Read More

Busy working Mom Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) has got to choose between career and family, in I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011; Rated PG-13, contains sexual references). Investment banker Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan) is impressed with Kate’s …Read More

A teacher, a mother and her teenage daughter are a mess in The Edge of Seventeen (2016). The Edge of Seventeen is a comedy drama about the angst of living and what can be done about it. Are they just …Read More

A reboot of Garfield is “in development” with a Hollywood studio. So why not look back at a previous movie incarnation of the beloved cat, the live action animated Garfield (2004), which spawned a 2006 sequel. Before the movies, the …Read More

I watched a terrible movie about stupid humans; but casting aspersions on the braininess of human beings, which must include the audience, is never going to work. Unless the audience agrees that they are stupid. I do see the sense …Read More

Christmas is not a bed of roses. “Merry Christmas” is not merry for some. The infectious, good natured comedy As Good as It Gets (1997) is apt viewing because Merry Christmas is a ‘broken hallelujah’. Though not a real Christmas …Read More

The mother and son who spend time together grow together. The Guilt Trip (2012) shows us so. The Guilt Trip came out four years ago to the month. But it would be a good Mother’s Day film. Mothers and sons …Read More

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016, UK), out on DVD December 13 2016 (in North America). Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) has the advantages of being a wealthy socialite or celebrity, New York, 1944. Being wealthy gives her the ability to throw money …Read More

Ghostbusters (2016) is entertaining. Also flat at the beginning, but overall an entertaining film and an amusing comedy. It is a visual effects heaven. Chris Hemsworth is amusing as the “dumb blonde”. The ghostbuster heroines are believable. Ghostbusters is also supernatural …Read More

Seemingly insignificant tasks can have a way of becoming useful, perhaps even the main thing. Take the reboot of Ghostbusters (2016). Not many would call Abby Yates mission to prove ghosts exist a real occupation. It may be funded research, but …Read More