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Apr 232017
 By , April 23, 2017
Movie Review: "Their Finest"
Movie Review: "Their Finest"

“Their Finest” – a film review by Gary Chew “If the British Empire and its Commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.’” Then there’s the novel, “Their Finest Hour and a Half” by Lissa Evans. It would [more…]

Mar 292017
 By , March 29, 2017
Movie Review: "The Zookeeper's Wife"

“The Zookeeper’s Wife” – a film review by Gary Chew Three of the most powerful movies I can conjure up for the moment are Sophie’s Choice, Schindler’s List and The Pianist. Together, they took a total of eleven Oscars. Each informed film-goers — unable to [more…]

Mar 242017
 By , March 24, 2017
Movie Review: "Life"

“Life” – a film review by Gary Chew Astronauts aboard an International Space Station are on the brink of a discovery that will shake the whole human race. How it shakes out … is for you to see and find out. I will say, though, [more…]

Mar 022017
 By , March 2, 2017
Movie Review: "Before I Fall"

“Before I Fall” – a film review by Gary Chew Ouch!  Before I Fall begins with two strikes against it. Nubile, pretty high school girls are caught up in their own small, ordinary world of dating, bullying, hanging out in the cafeteria and being silly. [more…]

Feb 082017
 By , February 8, 2017
Movie Review: "A Cure for Wellness"

“A Cure for Wellness” – a film review by Gary Chew A large financial deal is about to be signed off on, but the required signature for the paperwork is that of a man who has taken time off from his New York office for [more…]

Jan 242017
 By , January 24, 2017
Movie Review: "20th Century Women"
Movie Review: "20th Century Women"

“20th Century Women” – a film review by Gary Chew What we’ve got here in this new film by Berkeley-born Mike Miles is a 55-year-old woman confronting the cultural tsunami of the late Seventies. Fortunately, since her foibles take place in Santa Barbara by the [more…]

Jan 162017
 By , January 16, 2017
Movie Review: "Elle"

“Elle” – a film review by Gary Chew If Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Ida Lapino were still alive, these famous film stars would probably learn a thing or two about being pushy by watching Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven’s new film with the small [more…]

Dec 292016
 By , December 29, 2016
Best Ten New Movies I Saw In 2016

Here are the best ten new movies I saw in 2016 I wrote 36 reviews of new films in this bizarre year of 2016.  I can’t see all the new movies, nor do I want to. Then there are those that I’m not privy to [more…]

Dec 202016
 By , December 20, 2016
Movie Review: "Passengers"

“Passengers” – a film review by Gary Chew It must be addressed at the outset: I’d see any movie that has music in it that’s been written by Thomas Newman, son of another Newman film score composer with a first name of Alfred. That’s even [more…]

Dec 152016
 By , December 15, 2016
Movie Review: "La La Land"

“La La Land” – a film review by Gary Chew Sitting here at the dusty keyboard, my review of La La Land writes itself. Why, you might ask? There are two reasons. I’m listening to all the music from this glorious film through the CD [more…]