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2 STATES (HINDI: ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

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Here is a Bollywood film guaranteed to entertain most audiences. Lacking the pervasive silliness that informs so many of India’s romantic comedies, it resonates with universal themes, enchanting performances by all the principals, stunning song and dance numbers, gifting audiences warmth, joy and empathy. Alia Bhatt is “Ananya Swaminathan” a Tamilian girl from Chennai; she is feisty, deliciously beautiful and ... Read More »

THE RAILWAY MAN

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Based on the autobiography (“The Railway Man”) by Erik Lomax, an Englishman, engineer, captured and tortured by the Japanese after their conquest of Singapore in 1942. It is a tale worth telling and watching. Colin Firth, as “Lomax” gives a sensitive, at times melodramatic, depiction of a man suffering from the devastating effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; a centuries old ... Read More »

PENEFLIX IS ON VACATION

Peneflix is on vacation! Always, your readership, comments, both positive and negative are relished, appreciated and keep me on my intellectual toes; reminders that the mind is a muscle and craves as much exercise as the body. Have a wonderful week! Until April 24…………. For Now………Peneflix Follow Read More »

DOM HEMINGWAY

If you can weather the profoundly profane opening scene, you’ll relish Jude Law’s lusciously entertaining characterization of a safecracker who has spent 12 years in jail for not “squealing” on his co- conspirators. Law gives his scintillating personal best as this grungy, witty, foul-mouthed ex-con; every sentence, sprinkled with nasty, at times poetic, epitaphs; he is the most likeable miscreant ... Read More »

Joe Movie Review

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Nicholas Cage, recently turned fifty; in his latest film “Joe” he time travels back to his acting prowess of “Leaving Las Vegas”; barely recognizable, bearded, inked he is an ex-con running a day- labor crew that poisons undesirable trees, making room for developers to civilize the land; Joe is a nice guy with a volatile, alcoholic temper; Cage is superior ... Read More »

Draft Day

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Kevin Costner is commanding as  “Sonny Weaver Jr.”, fictional general manager of the Cleveland Browns football team; he looks the part and imbues it with the proper angst and intelligence. His father, the legendary coach of the Browns has recently died; Sonny’s mission to build a “team of dreams” fumbles, is stymied by catastrophic obstacles blocking his decisions. The owner ... Read More »

UNDER THE SKIN

Jonathan Glazer’s creepy, disturbing science-fiction film, starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien embodiment of a Venus flytrap, is hauntingly meaningless; a circuitous journey of a lusciously robotic fake -female, as she victimizes real men in her quest to adapt to an unfamiliar world. Johansson has the attributes and uses them skillfully: cultured English accent paired with barely distinguishable Scottish brogues; ... Read More »

FINDING VIVIAN MAIER (IN THEATRES AND ON DEMAND)

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For mystery lovers, photography enthusiasts, admirers of a contemporary explorer: Nathan Lerner (1913-1997) who unearthed the voluminous works of legendary “outside” artist, Henry Darger (1892-1973); this hypnotic documentary is a fascinating story of a solitary, insular person;  an enigamatic tale of a woman who chose to live her life shrouded in secrecy; all the while executing some of the most ... Read More »

MAIN TERA HERO (I’M YOUR HERO) HINDI:ENGLISH SUBTITLES

As I suffered excruciating emotional and psychological pain, at the Gitmo level; watching another masala Bollywood extravaganza, questioning the hiatus in rational acuity, I surreptitiously glanced at my fellow detainees; they were kvelling, salivating with every absurd, silly antic, artificial slaps, bogus angst; questioning what they saw that escaped me; setting aside my irritation, rebooting my interest, erasing Western proclivities ... Read More »

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Comic books were anathema, banned from my home growing up; they were not worthy of reading, in the “eyes” of my parents;  my siblings and I “drank the cool aid” and wallowed in the worlds of Hans Christian Andersen, “Nancy Drew”, “Hardy Boys” and “Cherry Ames”. So the marvelous “Marvel” action figures are refreshingly unveiled in the darkened, contemporary confines ... Read More »

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