The Reel Dad remembers Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall.

Paying tribute to Lauren Bacall She was the look, the voice and, at times, the purr. When Lauren Bacall recently died at age 89 some moviegoers — especially younger ones — may have asked, “who was that?” If so, they have missed being entertained by a unique talent and presence yet to ...

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Magic in the Moonlight, a lesser effort

Emma Stone and Colin Firth in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight.

Any moviemaker who makes as many movies as Woody Allen will make some that are better than others. For every Annie Hall or Blue Jasmine he beautifully crafts, Allen occasionally puts his direction on autopilot with clinkers like To Rome With Love and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. His latest, ...

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The Hundred Foot Journey — Cinematic comfort food

Manish Dayal and Helen Mirren in The Hundred Foot Journey.

Like a delicious meal at a favorite restaurant, The Hundred Foot Journey warms the palette with its touching story of a young man who discovers his destiny as a master chef. While the characters can feel familiar, and the situations may become predictable, the film is prepared with so much ...

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Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams, with Jeff Bridges, in The Fisher King.

He looked, in his richest moments on screen, as if he couldn’t wait each morning to go to the studio to step before the camera. When he was “on” he brought an enthusiasm to acting that thrilled with each surprise. And he continued, until the tragic end of his life, to redefine himself as an... ...

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Happy Christmas: Interesting look at siblings

Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick in the new film Happy Christmas.

No matter how stable a family can appear, a sibling with problems may lurk in the shadows. We all know the brothers or sisters we try to support, hope to encourage and fear what may happen the next time we meet. No matter how settled our immediate family, we may not be ready for the... Read More

Get On Up: Surprisingly strong musical bio pic

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in the new film, Get On UP.

Hollywood loves to tell behind-the-scene stories of famous performers. These musical “bio pics” — with narratives of triumph and tribulation peppered with familiar songs — capitalize on audience interest in big names from Loretta Lynn to Johnny Cash to Ray Charles. But the formula becomes too ...

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Boyhood is a remarkable journey through a family’s life

Boyhood, a remarkable movie, says the Reel Dad.

Any parent who savors raising children will feel at home with Richard Linklater’s remarkable Boyhood, a moving tribute to the persistent, seldom appreciated, often frustrating, and always essential difference that parents bring to every year of a child’s life. Without getting caught up in ...

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