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Taking Selfies My Way — Part 38; ‘Regal 10’ Cinema, Concord, NH — December 6, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Another cinema, like my favorite “Cinemagic” in Portsmouth, with great big, clean and well-lit mirrors ideal for taking selfies my way. Couldn’t resist. Nobody around. So, had to snap these three. We had gone to the ‘Regal 10‘ to see ‘The Grinch‘.


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“The Grinch” Movie (2018) — Cute, Very Christmassy & Great For Younger Kids.

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They got it right. Spot on. Nothing profound or pretentious. Just ‘The Grinch’ per Dr. Seuss using imagery very true to Dr. Seuss. Like an illuminated, vividly colored Dr. Seuss book.

They kept the graphics, intentionally, 1950ish but with great 21st century rendering. Great colors, voices, songs and music. Very festive. They also kept it short: 86 minutes. That was good.

Teischan (12), who tells me she has watched the old (i.e., 2000) movie multiple times, wanted to see it badly. We both agreed that she was a tad too old for it — though she liked it. She thought it was too short (compared to the ‘original’). It has been 18 years since I saw the 2000 version. I think I like this one better. Works better in cartoon form since that is more true to original.

Definite must for younger kids. We went to a Thursday afternoon (i.e., 3:20pm) matinee at the Concord, New Hampshire, “Regal 10“. I knew it wouldn’t be packed, and it wasn’t. There were just 5 others — 3 of them kids. The kids squealed and laughed. They liked it. And that is what matters.

It was good. Definitely recommend it.



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‘The Greatest Showman’ 2017 Movie: Great Entertainment, But Factually Bunkum.

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The official trailer on YouTube.


A 70% full theater, at a Thursday afternoon 4:30pm matinee, at the “Regal 10” in Concord, burst into appreciative applause when the end credits came on. People liked it and it was easy to do so. P.T. Barnum would have been happy, he made a lot of people, including quite a few kids, v. happy — after Christmas on a bitterly cold day.

Great yarn, superbly told — and again P.T. would have been happy.

You can watch it (like most good movies) at different levels. It does address some social issues and it was interesting to see folks protesting his circus 120-years ago — given the protest endured by the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, which eventually resulted in them literally folding their tent, sadly, this year. Ironic that this movie came out this year — 7-months after the last performance of his namesake circus (and we did attend one of the very last shows, having been annual fans for nearly 10-years).

Prior to this movie I did NOT know much about P.T. Barnum other than his fame as a showman, creator of a circus and some of the famous saying attributed to him, in particular: “there is a sucker born every minute“. So, I had assumed, per the billings, that this was meant to be autobiographical.

Early on I started to get uneasy. Some stuff did NOT gel. There was an implication that the word ‘circus’ was not common currency c. 1835. That bothered me since I knew that the Romans, of antiquity, had their circus. Then there was this Carlyle character that became his partner. Well have YOU heard of a circus called “Barnum & Carlyle“? Of course you have NOT because there never was one. It was “Barnum & Bailey“. There is NO mention of Bailey in the movie.

So, when I got home I did a quick butchers of Wikipedia. Oh, dear! The movie is nowhere CLOSE to accurate. SHAME. P.T. was even more of an intriguing character than the one portrayed. That is a shame.

So, while I enjoyed the movie I now feel ‘cheated’ — BUT Barnum would approve. C’est la vie.

Definitely worth watching. But keep in mind it is NOT a true story — one that borrows SOME elements from reality.


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‘Murder on the Orient Express’ 2017 Movie: Lavishly Produced, Easy To Enjoy.

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The trailer on YouTube.



We had not been to the movies (at a theatre) since August, when we went to see ‘Dunkirk‘. Given that we didn’t have much planned for the Saturday we decided to rectify it. None of us are “Star War” fans — though I have seen most, if not all of them. We were also not in the mood to see “Coco“. So, with I in the lead, we decided to see “Murder on the Orient Express“.

We knew the story line — and I am quite au fait with fellow Brit Agatha Christie. What I was eager to see was the cinematography. I knew it would be lavish — and I was not disappointed. Not sure how much of it was computer generated, but it is very artistic, dramatic, luxuriant and easy on the eye. Great humor and the recreation of Da Vinci’sLast Supper” setting, in a tunnel, is brilliant.

All together a good experience. Lingers with you. Very clever. Made me want to read the book!

We saw the movie at our ‘local’ — the “Regal 10” in Concord, about 40 minutes from home. They had a police presence. I, being who I am, had to go up to the policeman — who was very pleasant — and inquire why. They were expecting long lines for “Star Wars”. So, they were just being careful. Interesting.


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‘Beauty And The Beast’ 3D, The 2017 Disney Movie, Far Exceeded Expectations THOUGH It Is Far From A Classic.

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The official trailer on YouTube.


April 2016 ‘Prospect Mountain High School’ production. Click for lots more pictures.

It was GOOD. Very good, but not brilliant — though another lavish and sumptuous production true to the Disney-trademark.

Though I have seen the 1991 Disney animated version more times than I care to remember and was privileged to see the extremely good ‘Prospect Mountain High School’ version just last year, the ending of this brought a tear to my eye — so much so that the lady seated next to me (a total stranger) whispered to me: “haven’t you seen this before?”. I have. I have, but I am still a sucker for good ol’ fashioned sentimentality.

Kids will LOVE it. No question about that. They will, luckily, not be jaded by having seen the 1991 version which was, of course, a CLASSIC.

So, to keep this brief, let me hit the salient points in bullet form.

  • The infamous ‘overtly gay scene’ is so, so innocuous that it really should have gone unnoticed and uncommented. We see much verse, every day, on the sporting world! Gee. Come on.
    …..
  • The above said, Disney’s attempts to be INCLUSIVE, i.e., having black/colored semi-leading characters (e.g., main singer at the parties), was DISTRACTING and to a colored such as I, INSULTING. This is supposed to be 1600 France. If there were indeed non-white folks in very rural areas, they sure were not prancing around in fancy gowns being the ‘belle of the ball’. That was stupid.
    ….
  • I am a sucker for #D (but also a keen critic) — thought it was spot on. Others may disagree. 3D is so subjective. I am now convinced that one’s ability to truly enjoy 3D movies is connected to how quickly one’s brain is able to process the 3D data. If the brain doesn’t process the 3D data fast enough much of the 3D is going to get lost. That is a shame. Not the fault of the production or the technology. Not sure how this can be addressed.
    I Google “people having trouble seeing 3D movies”. Wow. Appears that it is quite a common problem; 1-in-10. This link, from ‘engadget’ was interesting:
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  • The BEAST looked too much like a docile GOAT! Worst beast I have ever seen. It looked really, really dozy. Very distracting.
    ….
  • Got there 5 minutes before the 2pm start time and told that they only had a few seats left! The theater, for this Sunday matinee (at the Concord, Regal 10), was indeed full. Haven’t seen that around here in 20 years THOUGH we don’t go to the movies that often.
  • Appears that Disney made a very conscious effort not to step-on-the-toes of its animated version — so, for example, the dining table sequence was very subdued compared to what we saw in the 1991 version. That isn’t to say that it wasn’t good. Just got the feeling that Disney wanted to keep a separation.


All said, definitely worth watching. Kids will love it. I will probably watch it again when it is available on TV/online.


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‘Hidden Figures’ — The Movie: Incredibly Uplifting, Still SO Topical That All Americans Should Watch It.

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This was indeed quite the movie. Extremely uplifting and inspiring. A GREAT MOVIE for toady. Shows you that there is still HOPE.

Saw it at the Concord (NH) ‘Regal 10‘. Had seen the trailer for it a few weeks back when we went to see ‘SING‘.

So glad that we went to see it.

Quite a few personal touches for I. Yes, there was a lot of IBM (including punched cards) that was from my era and which I could relate to THOUGH I think they portrayed IBM poorly and unfairly. IBM, in those days, even more than now, were ultra diligent about new system installations. There would have been site surveys on top of site surveys. No they would never be hampered by a door that was too small to permit the computer to be wheeled in. And then they had FORTRAN.

I knew two mathematicians who worked for NASA for the Apollo program — both were men, though one was black. He (the black one), who taught me physics in Paris 1968 – 1969, was the one that got me into computers! And they showed Yuri Gagarin — and I was very fortunate to have met him, in 1961, when he visited Ceylon. I was 7-years old.

Great movie. I wish all Americans could see it. It should be shown in schools.

I am so glad I got to see it. I will watch it again when it is available online.


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‘Sing’ The Animated Musical Is Very Entertaining, Great Songs & Quite The Yarn.

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singWe saw “Sing”, at the ‘Regal 10, in Concord (New Hampshire), on Monday.

We had seen the trailers many times on TV and it looked like our type of show. And it was.

It was very good. I would watch it again and I only watch the very BEST of animated movies more than once.

The songs, and the soundtrack, even IF I leave dear Cat Stevens aside, was memorable. The sound was rich, clear and powerful.

Decent animation BUT not up to the recent exalted standards set by Pixar or Dreamworks. The resolution and texture of the furs and skins was what we used to see routinely 5 years ago. But, nonetheless still decent and very watchable.

Good family movie, sans caveats. Highly recommended.


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Kung Fu Panda 3 (3D) — Brilliant In All Dimensions.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 having been the last day of February school vacations I took the kids to the 6:30pm showing of “Kung Fu Panda 3“, in 3D, at the “Regal 10” in Concord, New Hampshire — after over trip to Knight’s Pond. I like “Kung Fu Panda”, so I was glad when Teischan chose it out of the list of movies we told her were showing ‘locally’.

It was, as I knew it would be, brilliant. Exactly what a ‘kids’ animation is meant to be: entertaining, visually LAVISH, lots of action, funny, cute, adorable etc. etc. The quality of the rendering is breathtaking. So much detail. The artwork, even with the credits, is WORLD CLASS. 3D used judiciously but with flair. They even did the credits in 3D — showing 3 layers. Very clever. Definitely two paws up. Definitely worth taking the kids — and YOU will enjoy it too.


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