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Preview of Summer Movies: June

Jurassic World opens June 12.

Jurassic World opens June 12.

 by Sandra Olmsted

In terms of the summer movie season, let’s hope that the lackluster San Andreas, I’ll See You in My Dreams, and Aloha, which earned the lowest box office returns since Memorial Day 2001, aren’t the best the studios have to offer.

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Far From the Madding Crowd: A Verdant, Ripe Adaptation

by Sandra Olmsted

Reversals of fortunes and marriage proposals abound in director Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowds. Yet, the film is not a Victorian romantic comedy.

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The Woman in Gold: A True Account

by Sandra Olmsted

Memory and melodrama seem to go hand in hand, and The Woman in Gold is no exception; however, director Simon Curtis uses both to share the suspense the real life people experienced in this true story. This film made for the older audience also evokes a classic Hollywood studio style.

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Home: A Message Road Trip Movie for the Kids!

by Sandra Olmsted

Although some of the messages are a little simplistic and less than subtle, director Tim Johnson’s Home has a good heart. When the Boov, aliens whose own home world has been taken over by the evil Gorg, arrive on earth, they deport all the humans to brightly colored “ghettos” in Australia and take over the human homes and cities.

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3 Action Films for Spring Open

By Sandra Olmsted

Besides Cinderella, which had another great weekend at the box office, the other film that did well last weekend was another film with a woman in lead role, and this one was the action flick The Divergent Series: Insurgent. The box office take for the two other action films, The Gunman and Run All Night, both with male leads, have been disappointing, to say the least, but only one of these deserves to be ignored by action flick fans.

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Cinderella: Seriously Retold

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Kenneth Branagh returns to Charles Perrault’s original story and treats it with the dignity according serious literature in this new version of Cinderella, scripted by Chris Weitz. The result is a moving, if slightly melodramatic, version of what is often written off as merely a fairy tale for and about girls. Branagh show his gentle touch with the talented cast and get just the right performance from each.

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