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“House With A Clock In Its Wall” Movie (2018), In IMAX — Puerile, At Best!

by Anura Guruge


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It was a movie Teischan (12) wanted to see and she LOVED it. Already told me that she wants the DVD for Christmas. That she liked it was good.

I found it extremely boring and stupid with sans redeeming virtues! Now don’t get me wrong. 99.5% of the movies I see at a cinema is for the kids. So, I am a veteran of kids’ movies. In most cases I like kids’ movies. But, this was very puerile.

But, if you have a pre-teen you probably will have to sit through it. Just sit back and think of the Queen.

Went to Cinemagic, in Merrimack, NH, to see it in IMAX. That was a waste of money. IMAX helped it none. So, don’t bother with the IMAX.

Two things that were chilling. We went to a 3:30pm showing. Theater that could probably seat 275 — 300. Total of six — yes, 6 — including us. Talk about a private viewing. I was talking to one of the kids who work there after the movie. Said it had been a quiet week and that today had been the worst. They had sold 43 tickets in total, ALL DAY. Wow.


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“The Help” Movie (2011) — Well Worth Watching AGAIN; So Topical, So Powerful.

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The Book
(which I had bought many years ago)


I had seen this powerful & touching movie many years ago — most likely soon after it came out. I liked it so much, and it moved me so much, that I went and got the paperback from Amazon. I haven’t got around to reading it as yet — but I was sure glad to lay my hands on my copy, in my book littered office.

I happened to see it been shown on one of the new channels we have with our TDS TV. I recorded it so that Teischan (12) can see it.

I am getting her to read, out aloud (for I), most nights, to “Kill A Mockingbird“. I thought this movie will help her get more perspective. She liked it — which was good.

Wow. It is set in the 1960s, but it might as well be TODAY!

Racism is more virulent than I ever remember — and I am not even sure what it is like down South. So, watching this movie is sobering. Makes us realize that we haven’t made much progress when it comes to Civil Rights. Lets just remember — Black Lives Matter.


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“Hotel Transylvania 3” Movie (2018) — Stupid Enough To Be Vaguely Entertaining.

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We saw it at ‘Cinemagic‘ in Portsmouth, NH — our preferred movie theater (of late). They were having some kind of ‘special’ and all tickets were $8. I wasn’t aware of this price until I got the tickets, BUT I was sure glad we hadn’t paid more because $8/ticket was just the right price.

Teischan (12) & I have seen all three ‘Hotel Transylvania‘ movies — at the theater. She WAS a big fan and did want to see ‘3’. But, she doesn’t think they should, or would, make a ‘4’. She thinks they are done.

That about sums it up.

It was OK. It is so, so STUPID that you are kept vaguely amused. The music was good. Some downright funny bits, but it is getting tired and forced.

The theater yet again, as it as been the last few times we have been, was near empty. SIX people in TOTAL, with us. That is scary. Yes, it was a midweek matinee, but it is Summer and this is a kid’s movie. There was a girl, of about 8, seated by herself, behind us — on the very back row. I asked her if she liked it. She loved it. So, that was good. Teischan & I are both getting too old.

Some of the music was good. Without spoiling it for you, I can tell you that this macarena scene is one of the better bits:

If you have young kids you might have no choice but to take them. But, try not to pay more than $8/ticket.

So, at best, a very qualified recommendation.


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“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Movie (2017) On Starz — One Heck Of A Powerful Movie.

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Another instance of me seeing a snippet of a movie on STARZ while idly channel-surfing and then deciding that it looks interesting enough to record to have a look at later. I am glad I did.

I like movies about lawyers and this was very much about one driven and strange lawyer, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Very funny in parts but also rather arcane and deep in parts. So, definitely NOT for everyone. It helps if you are intrigued by what makes lawyers tick and have an interest in civil and human rights.

The whole movie takes place in an extremely intense 3-week period. Wow. I was riveted.

Reading the IMDb.com blurb I discovered that it was nominated for one Oscar — for best actor. I can see that.

So, just bringing it to your notice, if, you, like I, had not heard of this movie previously.


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“Mark Felt” Movie (2017) On Starz — Very Topical, Insightful & Taut.

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Mark Felt, The FBI Associate Director from May 3, 1972 to June 22, 1973, was the infamous ‘Watergate‘ ‘Deep Throat‘ to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post.

Given what is happening in D.C. right now, it is one heck of a topical movie. They could not have timed it better. Provides you with great insights into the FBI, their command structure and how things are supposed to happen.

I am not a ‘Watergate’ buff and have not read (and cannot remember seeing) ‘All The President’s Men‘. It was kind of before my time; I was at the time living in the U.K. and having the time of my life in College. American politics were way outside of scope of interest. But, overtime I did learn enough about it to know the general plot, the main characters and what transpired. As such it was not difficult for I to follow and enjoy this movie.

What I was struck, repeatedly, was the parallels with what has been going on in D.C. with Comey, Andrew McCabe, Robert Muller etc. Fascinating. Like watching history repeating itself.

Highly recommended. The movie is readily available. I DVRed it off Starz.


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“Whisky Galore” Movie (2016) On Starz — Classic British Comedy, Reminiscent Of “Waking Ned Devine”.

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“Waking Ned Devine” Trailer (on YouTube).


Very funny. Very watchable. Classic British comedy with touches of the 1960s — 1970s “Dad’s Army” — but definitely more reminiscent of 1998 “Waking Ned Devine” (though alas without any nudity involving the backsides of scrawny old men).

It was on Starz (which we got free from DISH for 3 months) and I recorded it. Glad I did. We enjoyed it. Yes, a bit corny and a tad predictable — but it is said to be based on a true story. So, I guess they had to stay somewhat close to the actual events, even at the risk of it been not-as-dramatic if it was purely fictional. Great cast of characters. Try and watch it. I am sure you will enjoy it.


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“Tommy’s Honour” Movie (2016) On Amazon Prime — More Than Just Golf; Engaging Human Drama.

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Watched it because it came up on our Amazon Prime Video list.

I was a tad worried that it would be very golf-centric — and golf has no appeal to I. I find it exceedingly boring and pointless. But, we were pleasantly surprised. The golf is in tasteful moderation and easy enough to watch. The rest is a rather engaging human drama about families: fathers, sons, lovers and wives. Very well put together. Makes you want to know what happens. Has you rooting for some. Plus it is shot in luscious Scotland. Not bad at all. I would recommend it.

If you like golf, that would be a huge bonus. Lot of history about the game and even how golf bags were invented. Wow.


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“Sherlock Gnomes” Movie (2018) — Fiendishly Clever, Cute & Comic.

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Quite the yarn. Very entertaining. Very clever. Lot of fun. You will LAUGH and you will come out refreshed.

Went to see it, on Easter, in Portsmouth (NH) at Cinemagic, after going to the ‘ocean’ and before going for dinner. Third movie we have seen this year, all at the Cinemagic, and there is an obvious theme in that the other two were: “Paddington 2” & “Peter Rabbit“. Yes, we like cartoons, featuring make-believe entities set in Britain. In a way there are similarities between all three of these movies, “Paddington” and it both set in London — but it is all good.

Definitely helps IF you know your Arthur Conan Doyle in that there are references to things such as the Arthur Conan Doyle.

Curious, THOUGHT-provoking portrayal of Sherlock — though we also get to meet his ex-finance. Curious that Elton John was the Producer! Was that a coincidence.

We liked it. It might NOT be everybody’s cup of British tea. Helps if you are an Anglophile or as in my case, out-and-out British to the core.



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“Golden Years” Movie (2016) — Old-School British Comedy, Understated, Dry Wit But Amusing Throughout.

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The Full Movie is on YouTube for $3.99

This is the Trailer.


Found this on our ‘Acorn TV‘ channel (on the Roku 3) yesterday. Looked promising and it had the potential of being another ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Well, it isn’t as funny — but I don’t think it ever tried to be that funny. The beauty of this movie is the dry wit; understated British humor, with a lot of subtle ‘nudge, nudge‘, ‘wink, wink‘. If you are into British humor you will know, at once, what I am talking about. It is an amusing yarn, slightly predictable — but that is part of the charm.

It is set mainly in Bristol. That was nostalgic for I. I have spent a LOT of time in Bristol in the 1970s. Kind of a second home. This film has one of the most exquisite images of the Clifton Suspension Bridge I have ever seen. I had to rewind it and watch it again, it was that exquisite.

If you like British humor you should watch this. Available on YouTube. Enjoy.


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“Peter Rabbit” Movie (2018) — Very Funny But With Some Issues …

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The fuss about it downplaying food allergies is VERY REAL. Click to access the “New York Post” coverage. Google for more.


Went to see it, on Valentine’s Day, with both kids (who had early release from school), in Portsmouth (NH) at Cinemagic. We more or less had the whole large studio to ourseleves — just 5 others for this 4:30pm matinee. We are not complaining. It was nice to have all that space sans any distractions.

Fun movie. Very funny. Beautifully rendered — particularly the Lakes District and Harrods; I rather familiar with both. I have visited Beatrix Potter’s house in the Lakes Region — and had a Harrods account for many, many year; it one of my favorite stores. The detail was exquisite.

Lot to like, and pukkah entertainment, by and large, albeit with some blemishes.

Domhnall Gleeson looking too much like Jared Kushner for my liking and comfort.

Yes, it does trivialize and even make fun of food allergies. That is not good (though I am one who does feel that ‘we’ have gone slightly too overboard on the whole thing). What was Sony thinking? Don’t they have any lawyers?

While I appreciate the whole storyline is about the feud with the McGregors, I think there was a tad too much violence than was needed. Others would disagree. But, this is meant to be a kids movie and we are supposed to encourage kids to resolve conflict without resorting to violence! So …

The rabbits are well rendered as LONG as their faces are NOT being shown in closeup. Then their eyes look like those of aliens and all the contours look wrong — in my opinion.

Domhnall Gleeson who plays the young McGregor reminded me of Jared Kushner and that made me queasy! What can I say. Check out this photo —>

Now, this is something that those who know me will find surprising coming from my fingers in that I am not that kind of man. But, Rose Byrne who plays ‘Bea’ is very pretty BUT I have a better ‘chest’ than she has! Wow. She looks 2 dimensional, NOT that that detracted any way from her performance and presence. Just happened to notice.

Other than all this, it was good fun. Enjoyed. Will probably watch it again when it is on ‘TV’.



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