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OUR IDIOT BROTHER

At first I felt the “idiot” for chancing this film but due to the remarkable performance by Paul Rudd “Our Idiot Brother”  won my affection and admiration. Coming from a family of four sisters and one brother (who was not an idiot, but the baby of five) I could relate to the dynamics of three females dominating one male.  But ... Read More »

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Why? My other unseen choices were “The Smurfs” or “Spy Kids”; hence a desire to fulfill my  weekly quota;  desperation led me into the world man and mammals. Actually they are one and the same and the film leaves the unanswered question of how much they differ. The 1968 version starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and Kim Hunter, was a ... Read More »

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Dear SUBSCRIBERS after two years ‘PENEFLIX’ is going viral!!!!!!! It is because of you that my site is going through a complete make over; or to the more youth conscious a “face lift”! Please be patient and by Friday you should be able to access my reviews. In the meantime, my latest post “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” ... Read More »

ONE DAY (OR FRIENDS WITHOUT BENEFITS)

This weary, boring movie starring the good- looking Anne Hathaway as “Emma" a rather plain (proof of my mantra that no matter the beauty every woman needs makeup to enhance it) nerdy, needy type;  and Jim Sturgess as  “Dexter”  also pretty,  was an endurance test for the audience. I envied the fortunate few who slept and snored through the tedium; ... Read More »

THE WHISTLEBLOWER

You have to applaud the courage of Rachel Weisz. She sinks her talented teeth into and becomes whom ever she is portraying, whether “Tess” in “The Constant Gardner” ( Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor); “Evie” in “The Mummy”, “Hypatia” in “Agora” and now Kathryn Bolkovac in “The Whistleblower”. Kathryn Bolkovac’s story is one of overwhelming fortitude and fearlessness in ... Read More »

POINT BLANK

(Not to be confused with John Boorman’s 1967 film “Point Blank”) The French have done it again! After seeing “Mesirne: Killer Instinct” and its sequel, “Public Enemy Number One” it has become natural to expect the thrills and adrenaline- pumping action from this nation of master filmmakers, in this scenario Fred Cavaye. “Point Blank”  seethes with kaleidoscopic fury from one ... Read More »

THE INTERRUPTERS (2nd Posting; now at Gene Siskel FILM CENTE

Without question this is a FIVE STAR documentary; an inspirational, awe-inspiring film about making a difference; all the protagonists are worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. This should be required viewing for public school students, universally. Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and Alex Kotlowitz (“There Are No Children Here”), Oak Park, Illinois residents, have given birth to a monument, celebrating a ... Read More »

THE HELP

This joyous, delightful, hummingly- satisfying film based on the 2009 best selling book by Kathryn Stockett is summer fare at its grandest. If you read the book you will recognize compelling, incredible casting; each actor perfectly captures their literary doppelganger. Not having a Southern background or heritage, I found the book problematic in the commencing chapters but due to Stockett’s ... Read More »

THE GUARD

Creative genius runs in the McDonagh family. Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges” and now brother Michael give unconventional slants  and interpretations on crime, criminals and law enforcement. The pairing of Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, as intelligent hired assassins, hiding “In Bruges”  kept audiences on a titillating tightrope of anticipation and suspense for the entirety of the film. “The Guard” serves ... Read More »

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