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  • The Water Diviner:  

    Russell Crowe stars in this film about an Australian man who, after the Battle of Gallipoli in 1915, goes searching for his three missing sons in Turkey.  This is Crowe’s debut as a director.  Olga Kurylenko is the manager of a Turkish hotel from whom he seeks assistance in reaching Gallipoli located in the European part of Turkey.  Whether it be vanity or thrift, the horse on which Crowe’s character rides in the Australian scenes, is actually his very own steed.  Interesting film, although somewhat slow-paced. Rated 14A.

  • Flowers in the Attic:  

    This remake for television of a 1987 film, based on a 1978 best-selling novel, is a fine exercise in depression, if that’s a thing for which you are in the mood.  Heather Graham plays a mother of four who is forced, after the breakdown of her marriage, to move back to the palatial country home of her estranged parents, in order to keep a roof over her children’s heads.  The children are immediately confined to a room just below the attic and are forbidden to leave it.  This prison is complete – they are abused, intimidated, and are not allowed outside under any circumstances.  Their mother isn’t much better off.  At the story’s conclusion, things don’t really get much better for Mom.  Ellen Burstyn also stars.  Rated 14A.

  • Survivor

    Interesting that this British-made film about a terrorist attack planned on New York’s Times Square never leaves the UK, not even for the scenes of Mid-Town Manhattan which are played here by London’s Canary Wharf area.  Angela Bassett is a State Department operative who learns of the planned attack, tries to stop it, and is framed for crimes she did not commit in order to get her out of the way.  Good cast that includes Pierce Brosnan, and Dylan McDermott.  Didn’t get into most theatres, but it’s a serviceable thriller. Rated 14A.

  • Airplane (1980):

    35 years old and still a very funny movie, one that set the standard for movie satires for an entire generation to come. Poking fun at the spate of "Airport" disaster movies from the '70s, this was the first time we saw Leslie Nielsen, long-time dramatic actor, in a comedy role. Peter Graves is the serious airline pilot, attempting to save the passengers and crew when the pilot gets too sick to fly. "Surely you aren't going to try to fly this plane," he is asked, "Yes, I am ... and don't call me Shirley."  The sight gags are endless and the fun never stops - Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Robert Stack, and Lloyd Bridges also star.  Rated 14A.

     

    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2013):

    A delightful indie film that caught audiences off guard with its charm, its magnificent characters, and its stellar cast.  A number of Brits, all unconnected, have issues with their retirement for a variety of reasons - one couple's adult daughter has fleeced them of their savings, another lost it all through bad investments, and yet another needs hip surgery and is looking for a bargain.  All respond to an online ad for what seems to be an ideal retirement establishment in Jaipur, India, a place where they can have all the comforts to which they have come to rely upon, at a price they can afford.  When they arrive, they find that the Marigold isn't quite as advertised.  Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) is the enthusiastic young entrepreneur who put together the brochure that stretched the truth somewhat, and each new tenant must find their way individually.  Great cast with Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson.  Rated 14A.

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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