Movie Diary 12/16/2014

Annie (Will Gluck, 2014). The Broadway show gets a makeover and a present-day setting. People are going to lay waste to this adaptation, but the movie’s got a snappy rhythm, and some funny jokes. Also, “It’s the Hard Knock Life” (did everybody except me know it’s not “It’s a Hard Knock Life”?) is still a toe-tapper. (full review 12/19)

Elsa & Fred (Michael Radford, 2014). Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer in a soft-edged tale of older citizens finding each other. Pretty nice cast also includes Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, and George Segal, and everybody has the best possible intentions. (full review 12/19)

Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014). This film is beautifully done and impeccably cast, with Timothy Spall excellent in the title role. Rather than a through-line, it offers a series of scenes from JMW Turner’s life, which is a kind of biopic I am intrigued by. Having said that, I still have to locate what exactly this movie is about.

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