Based on Terry (“Tuff”) Ryan’s best-selling 2001 memoir The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less, Prize Winner is an Eisenhower-era haunted house movie in which the monsters are bankers, milkmen, priests, and policemen, while the damsel-in-distress is a tenacious Catholic housewife. Evelyn Lehman was a budding young journalist when…

Film Review: PRIDE & PREJUDICE (2005)

Galloping thru plotlines with no time for complications or context, screenwriter Deborah Moggach turns Jane Austen’s masterpiece into conventional romantic comedy with coltish Knightley as Lizzy & MacFadyen as her love-struck Darcy. Bingleys, Collinses, & Gardiners barely register; sisters meld into one. Nevertheless, when speaking Austen’s words, Lizzy is indestructible. More on PRIDE & PREJUDICE…

Film Review: POLLOCK

Don't be put off by the slow-moving pace of this biopic: Harris & Harden bring intensity & clarity to their performances as painter Jackson Pollock & his artist/wife Lee Krasner, tactfully illuminating their relationship. Arch performances by Tambor (influential critic Clem Greenberg) & Madigan (patroness Peggy Gugenheim). Stays with you! More on POLLOCK.

Film Review: PETULIA

An early shot of Janis Joplin performing at a fundraiser establishes the precise historical moment this drama is set – the point at which the wall between “public” and “private” was breached, & “nice people” were suddenly faced with new personal choices at once exhilarating & terrifying. Provocative time capsule treasure! More on PETULIA.