SCHINDLER’S LIST (Theatrical Release USA 1993)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Stars ìììì

Schindler’s List—
beautiful and stunning, perfectly crafted by Director Steven Spielberg—completely overwhelms all his previous works, hands down. It’s not a pretty story. It deserves a 4.9 rating; however, due to the necessarily graphic nature of film that includes nudity and sex, it receives a slightly lower rating. This film, perhaps better than any film produced by Hollywood, illustrates the moral imperative each human carries to preserve life, to value life above material gain, to love others by refusing to inflict pain, and to refuse to compromise moral integrity.

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Storyline

Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson), a business entrepreneur, bribes high-ranking German military officers so he can start an enamel works factory that serves German military needs during World War II. He recruits Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley), a Jewish businessman, to oversee the factory. Oskar Schindler hires Jewish workers because they cost less and Itzhack Stern fills the factory with an entirely Jewish work force in an effort to save them from certain death in concentration camps. Oskar Schindler becomes increasingly moved by the Jewish plight and repeatedly steps forward with courage to preserve his workforce even to the point of moving the entire force to a new munitions factory he begins in another city. Due to Oskar Schindler’s efforts, 1,200 Jewish persons escape certain death in World War II concentration camps. In 1963 Oskar Schindler receives the Jewish award of “Righteous Among the Nations,” an award given to non-Jews who risk their life to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

Additional Thanks

Best Work for Director Steven Spielberg. Thank you to Executive Producer Kathleen Kennedy for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), Emilie Schindler (Caroline Goodall), and Helen Hirsch (Embeth Davidtz).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film scores 100 percent in every category from story/script to filming technique to timing to audience appeal to ‘need to know’ history.

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HEY ARNOLD!: THE MOVIE (Film Theatrical Release USA 2002)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.9|5.0 Stars ìì

Hey Arnold!: The Movie—
predictable, definitely not one of the better animated movies of 2002—has a seen that/been there storyline. Nothing unique or original about this film. It was a slam/dunk at the box office, earning about $5 for every $1 spent on budget, but generally fails in every category for entertainment value.

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Storyline

The movie is about Arnold (voice of Spencer Klein) and his friend, Gerald Martin Johanssen (voice of Jamil Walker Smith), discovering that Mr. Scheck (voice of Paul Sorvino), a high-ranking decision maker of FutureTeck Industries, plans to demolish their historic Revolutionary War neighborhood to make room for a new mall. After Arnold’s Grandfather ‘Steely’ Phil (voice of Dan Castellaneta) tells the history of the neighborhood, Arnold finds that the neighborhood had been declared a historic district many years ago. He finds that Mr. Scheck possesses the documents that prove the neighborhood was marked as a historic landmark. After a series of upsets, the boys are finally victorious over the powerful Mr. Scheck. Mayor Dixie (voice of Tress MacNeille) verifies that the neighborhood is indeed a National LandMark and will be preserved.

Additional Thanks

Fair Work by Director Tuck Tucker. Thank you to Executive Producers Margie Cohn and Julia Pistor for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Helga Geraldine Pataki/ Deep Voice (voice of Francesca Marie Smith), Rasta Guy (Jamil Walker Smith), Nick Vermicelli (voice of Dan Castellaneta), Grandma Gertie ‘Pookie’/Red (voice of Tress MacNeille), Bridget (voice of Jennifer Jason Leigh), Coroner (voice of Christopher Lloyd), Mr. Bailey (voice of Vincent Schiavelli), and Big Bob Pataki/Head of Security, (voice of Maurice LaMarche).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No, unless you are an absolute Hey, Arnold! fan. For 2002, money is better spent on the animated films, Lilo & Stitch and/or Ice Age.


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HOMBRE (Theatrical Release USA 1967)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.8|5.0 Stars ìì

Hombre
—a disastrous disappointment and sad waste of time except for die-hard Western Movie fans—features a terrific, award-winning cast sans a good script. The conventional western storyline moves slowly and predictably to its inevitable end. The only high point in this film is the opportunity to see Paul Newman cast with Richard Boone.

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Storyline

The basic story line is: John Russell (Paul Newman)—a man raised by Native Americans—inherits a boarding house and a gold watch from his white father. A society woman, Audra Favor (Barbara Rush), and her husband Professor Alexander Favor (Fredric March); a young couple with a troubled marriage, Billy Lee Blake (Peter Lazer) and his wife Doris (Margaret Blye); the current boarding house operator, Jessie (Diane Cilento); an out-for-himself bandit, Cicero Grimes (Richard Boone); and John Russell take a stagecoach ride together. The stagecoach is robbed for the money Professor Alexander Favor carries. Sheriff Frank Braden (Cameron Mitchell)—a sheriff gone bad—takes the money. Cicero Grimes takes Audra Favor as hostage. John Russell kills one outlaw and Sheriff Frank Braden, retrieves the money, and heads out on foot. The stagecoach passengers follow Russell up a hill where he unsuccessfully attempts to eliminate the rest of the bandits. The stagecoach passengers enter a small house for shelter. The balance of the movie works through negotiation arguments inside and outside the house to rescue Audra Favor. Jessie, the boarding house operator, finally convinces John Russell to rescue Audra Favor.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Martin Ritt for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Irving Ravetch and Martin Ritt for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Steve Early (Skip Ward), Henry Mendez (Martin Balsam), Lamar Dean (David Canary), Delgado (Val Avery), Mexican Bandit (Frank Silvera), and Soldier (Larry Ward).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If the viewer is a die-hard Paul Newman or Western Movie fan, this film works.

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NON-STOP (Theatrical Release USA 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.7|5.0 Stars ììì

Non-Stop—
a wanna-be white knuckler—fails before the audience can get to that lasting ‘edge-of-your-seat’ thrill that quality action flicks deliver due to its consistent need to ‘explain’ itself. The result is: the story keeps returning to simmer before it can really get to boil. Good acting by everyone involved, but the film doesn’t exploit the talents of its cast for that A-grade movie feel.

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Storyline

Air Marshall Bill Marks (Liam Neeson), while flying from New York to London, gets a text message on his phone that if he does not put money in a prescribed bank account someone on the plane will die within 40 minutes. Bill Marks goes to great lengths to find who on the plane is responsible and in the process kills fellow Air-Marshall, Jack Hammond (Anson Mount). A pilot dies of food poisoning and then, after all that, Bill Marks finds that more than one person is involved in the plot to get rich by threatening mayhem and destruction. So, in case you are wondering, in the end, Bill Marks survives, the plane lands safely, and the honorable passengers disembark alive, except for the few dishonorable ones, of course.

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Director Jaume Collet-Serra. Thank you to Executive Producers Olivier Courson, Herb Gains, Steve Richards, and Jeff Wadlow for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Jen Summers (Julianne Moore), Nancy (Michelle Dockery), Austin Reilly (Corey Stoll), Tom Bowen (Scoot McNairy), Gwen (Lupita Nyong’o), Dr. Fahim Nasir (Omar Metwally), Kyle Rice (Jason Butler Harner), David McMillan (Linus Roache), and Agent Marenick (Shea Whigham).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It’s a B-grade movie that made A-grade money. So, it’s your call, folks.

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SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET (Theatrical Release USA 1997)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Stars ìììì

Seven Years in Tibet—
fabulous—portrays the acting skills of Brad Pitt as he performs in top form as mountaineer and Austrian Olympic Champion Heinrich Harrer.

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Storyline

Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian Olympic champion, chooses to leave his wife and unborn child in order to climb the summit of Nanga Parbat, an unconquered killer mountain in what is now known as Pakistan. In the process of attempting the climb, World War II begins. Heinrich Harrer and his team are imprisoned in a POW Camp. His team escapes and Heinrich Harrer heads to Tibet, later joined by fellow climber Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis). Additional political complications between Tibet and China extend the already long stay of the two climbers. Heinrich Harrer becomes an advisor/tutor to the Dalai Lama and finally returns to his Austrian home to endeavor reconciliation with his own young son.

Additional Thanks

Best work for Director and Producer Jean-Jacques Annaud. Thank you to Executive Producers Michael Besman, Richard B. Goodwin, Diane Summers, and David Nichols for making the film possible. Additional character/cast include: Ngawang Jigme (BD Wong), Kungo Tsarong (Mako), Regent (Danny Denzongpa), Chinese ‘Amban’ (Victor Wong), Ingrid Harrer, (Ingeborga Dapkunaite), Dalai Lama 14-Years-Old (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk), Pema Lhaki (Lhakpa Tsamchoe), Great Mother (Jetsun Pema), Tashi (Ama Ashe Dongtse), Dalai Lama at 8-Years-Old (Sonam Wangchuk), Dalai Lama at 4-Years-Old (Dorjee Tsering), and General Chang Jing Wu (Ric Young).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is a good mix of foreign culture, political intrigue, familial stress, and strain on moral qualities such as loyalty.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Theatrical Release USA 2005)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Stars ìììì

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—
the fourth in the series—is the best Harry Potter movie to date. It's a terrific film for teen/family entertainment. It’s worth your time and your money.

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Storyline

This film has Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliff) entered into the Triwizards’ Tournament where he consistently proves his high ethical values, courage, and care for others against very real dragons, frightening maze competitions, and underwater trials.

Additional Thanks

Best Work for Director Mike Newell. Thank you to Executive Producers David Barron and Tanya Seghatchian for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Frank Bryce (Eric Sykes), Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), Viktor Krum (Stanislav Ianevski), Peter Pettigrew AKA Wormtail (Timothy Spall), Bartimius ‘Barty’ Crouch Junior (David Tennant), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Arthur Weasley (Mark Williams), Fred Weasley (James Phelps), George Weasley (Oliver Phelps), Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), Amos Diggory (Jeff Rawle), Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs), and Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Director Mike Newell pushes the script over the top for entertainment value.

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THE LITTLE RASCALS (Theatrical Release USA 1994)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Stars ìììì

The Little Rascals—
an entertainment treat—completely gives tribute to the old 1920-1940s Our Gang/The Little Rascal shows. Innocence, kindness, and just plain fun swirls through this 1994 film as it tells its story of neighborhood boys who are committed to living the good life of childhood.

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Storyline

The little rascals, a group of neighborhood boys, have formed a club that requires the members to hate girls and keep the club pure by clearing it of all female influence. They find, however, that one club member, Alfalfa (Bug Hall), bends the rules by giving attention to his sweetheart, Darla (Brittany Aston Holmes), and they immediately put Alfalfa 'on probation'. The story romps through a delightfully sabotaged club house date between Darla and Alfalfa, a house arrest of Alfalfa, a go-kart derby, and changed attitudes about women in general.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director Penelope Spheeris. Thank you to Executive Producers Roger King, Deborah Jelin Newmyer, and Gerald R Molen for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Spanky (Travis Tedford), Stymie (Kevin Jamal Wood), Froggy (Jordan Workol), Porky (Zachary Mabry), Buckwheat (Ross Bagley), Uh-Huh (Courtland Mead), Butch (Sam Saletta), Woim (Blake Jeremy Collins), Elmer the Monkey (Himself), Petey the Dog (Himself), Mr Welling (Mel Brooks), Stymie’s girlfriend (Raven Symoné), Twins 1 and 2 (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen), Buckwheat’s Mom (Whoopi Goldberg), A.J. Ferguson (Reba McEntire), and Waldo’s Dad (Donald Trump).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Director Penelope Spheeris did a terrific job of capturing the spirit of the original series. It’s a great trip into old-time entertainment.

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LOONEY TOONS: BACK IN ACTION (Theatrical Release USA 2003)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Stars ìììì

Looney Toons: Back in Action
—a real and refreshing tribute to Looney Tunes—uses the talents of Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, and all the Looney Toons’ characters to create a terrific mix of all-star animated and live action characters that deliver value entertainment for the teen and adult audience. Steve Martin is a little over-the-top as Mr. Chairman, but it all works in the story at large.

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Storyline

Daffy Duck gets fired for trying to acquire his own cartoon and Stuntman DJ Drake (Brendan Fraser) is fired after a misguided attempt to escort Daffy off the Warner Brother’s Studio lot ends with Daffy firing up the Bat Mobile and driving it into Warner Brothers’ water tower. Everything gets wet and the film is on with Stuntman DJ Drake going home, with Daffy tagging along, only to find that they must involve themselves in finding the mystical blue monkey diamond in Las Vegas.

Additional Thanks

Great work for Director Joe Dante. Thank you to Executive Producers Christopher Defaria and Larry Doyle for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Dusty Tails (Heather Locklear), Mother (Joan Cusack), Mr. Smith (Bill Goldberg), Mr. Warner (Don Stanton), Mr. Warner’s Brother (Dan Stanton), Security Guard (Dick Miller), Damian Drake (Timothy Dalton), Hollywood Director (Roger Corman), Dr. Bennell (Kevin McCarthy), Jeff Gordon (Himself), Matthew Lillard (Himself), Kate (Jenna Elfman), Acme VP of Bad Ideas (Mary Woronov), and Acme VP of Stating the Obvious (Marc Lawrence).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The film is good, clean fun. Director Joe Dante did a great job of mixing live action with animated action.

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KILLING SEASON (Theatrical Release USA 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

Killing Season—
convoluted mix of  'yes, no, maybe I want to kill you'—finally reaches a sweet/sour mixed conclusion of ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t really mean or want to do that’ and ‘I’m off to apologize to my son and grandson for missing my grandson’s baptism…have a good return trip to Serbia.’ Robert De Niro doesn’t seem to cast well with John Travolta. John Travolta’s Serbian accent seems contrived as if someone gave him a tongue stud to pull it off. Killing Season tries to be both bloody and compassionate, gets off track from the first, and doesn’t find its way back to coherency at any point in the film.

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Storyline

John Travolta hunts Robert De Niro with a bow and arrow.

Additional Thanks

Good Work for Director Mark Steven Johnson. Thank you to Executive Producers Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Anson Downes, Linda Favila, Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Guy Tannahill, and Jake Wagner for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Chris Ford (Milo Ventimiglia), Sarah Ford (Elizabeth Olin), Elena (Diana Lyubenova), Serbian (Kalin Sarmenov), Bar Customer (Stefen Shterev), and Serbian Soldier (Joseph Oliveira).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If one is a die-hard Robert De Niro or John Travolta fan, this film may work.

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BABE: PIG IN THE CITY (Theatrical Release USA 1998)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.0|5.0 Stars ììì

Babe: Pig in the City 
most likely begins its descent into failure mode when the Bull Terrier (voice of Stanley Ralph Ross ) nominates the Babe (voice of Elizabeth Daily) as the head honcho and leader of a pack of dogs, cats, and monkeys. Not that we don’t trust Bull Terriers, but somehow everything just falls apart for this film from that point on (or maybe it was when Babe and Esme (Magda Szubanski), are suspected of carrying illegal substances at the airport and need to take a hotel for the night due to missing their flight). At any rate, this Babe film just doesn’t have the necessary nous to pull its story full round for audience applause despite the fact that a good ending—where every animal gets his wish and all is well—is the denouement.

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Storyline

Farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell), falls down a well and becomes temporarily bedridden. Farm bills pile up and Mrs. Esme Cordelia Hoggett enters Babe, the pig, into a sheep herding contest in the hopes that winning monies can be used to pay the farm debt.

Additional Thanks

Good work for Director and Producer George Miller. Thank you to Executive Producer Barbara Gibbs for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: The Landlady (Mary Stein) Fugley Floom (Mickey Rooney), Ferdinand/Tug (voice of Danny Mann), Zootie (voice of Glenne Headly), Bob (voice of Steven Wright), Thelonius (voice of James Cosmo), Easy/Tough Pup (voice of Nathan Kress), Easy (voice of Myles Jeffrey), The Doberman (voice of Stanley Ralph Ross), The Pink Poodle/The Choir Cat (voice of Russi Taylor), and Flealick (voice of Adam Goldberg).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. Babe: Pig in the City becomes the perfect example of sequels that fail to match the entertainment value of their prequels.

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HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS * (Theatrical Release USA 2000)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Stars ìììì

How The
Grinch Stole Christmas—creative, refreshingly new, and totally entertaining—allows Jim Carrey to once again establish an unmistakable, strong film presence. However, despite being completely disguised behind the Grinch’s heavy costuming, Carrey establishes just the right touch to offset the acting of Taylor Momsen (character Cindy Lou Who) without overpowering her efforts. It’s a pleasure to see this small girl, who is not afraid of the Grinch in the slightest, set into process a set of events that completely changes his life. The color, scenery, special effects, and characters are fully maximized to create pleasing effects and unique originality in every scene. This feature rates as one of the best Christmas films made and well worth viewing. And, the film even contains a nice moral: Don’t get personal about criticism, take it in stride, be happy, consider, endeavor to see the other person’s point of view, do not exclude yourself from community due to differences between you and ‘them’, and live by the imperative that no one—young, old, male, female, black, white, red, brown, yellow, green—shall be treated with anything other than love because love has the power to heal everything and anything in life.

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Storyline

The film’s story begins with a green, hairy looking animal-like ‘thing’ bundled tightly in a blanket, floating from the air to the doorstep of two elderly female Whos for care. The Whos name the ‘thing’ Grinch. Grinch grows, enters school, falls in love, and experiences challenges as a classmate who desires the same girl makes fun of the Grinch’s beard. The Grinch goes home and tries to shave, but when he returns to school the next day with facial cuts covered with paper swabs all over his face, everyone makes fun of him. This seemingly minor incident causes the Grinch to leave the community and establish a reclusive lifestyle until a young girl named Cindy Lou Who breaks open the Grinch’s small black heart so that he can finally be free to love, feel, and care within the larger community.


Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director Ron Howard. Thank you to Executive Producer Todd Hallowell for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Max (Kelley), Mayor Augustus Maywho (Jeffrey Tambor), Martha May Whovier (Christine Baranski), Lou Lou Who (Bill Irwin), Whobris (Clint Howard), 8-Year Old Grinch (Josh Ryan Evans), and Clarnella (Mindy Sterling).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Director Ron Howard completely put this story in the “It’s well worth monies spent for entertainment” category.

 * Also Known As Dr, Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas or The Grinch

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HOURS (South by Southwest Film Festival Austin Texas USA 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Stars ìììì

Hours—
an inspiring movie—tells the story of one man’s attempt to preserve his newborn daughter’s life after Hurricane Katrina hits a New Orleans hospital where his infant is being kept in a ventilator.

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Storyline

The story begins with Nolan Hayes (Paul Walker) taking his wife, Abigail Hayes (Genesis Rodriguez), to the hospital to give birth. A storm hits the hospital during the birth. The doctor meets with Nolan Hayes and tells him that the baby lives, but that his wife Abigail had liver complications and died. The doctor escorts Nolan Hayes to see his baby and explains that the baby must be kept on a stationary ventilator for the next 48 hours until the infant can breathe on its own. The storm gets worst and the hospital is evacuated leaving Nolan alone with his infant daughter. The stationary ventilator's battery becomes low, Nolan Hayes finds a hand-crank battery charger and uses the hand-crank charger to keep oxygen in the ventilator. The rest of the film revolves around Nolan Hayes’ trials to preserve his daughter until rescuers provide relief.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director and Writer Eric Heisserer. Thank you to Executive Producers Dan Clifton, Kevin Scott Frakes, Paul Walker, and Ken Hirsh for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sandra (Nancy Nave), Marc (Shane Jacobsen), Karen (Natalie Safran), Jeremy (TJ Hassan), Lucy (Lena Clark), Nurse (Kesha Bullard), and Dr. Edmonds (Yohance Myles).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This film works for disaster drama fans.

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BEWITCHED (Theatrical Release USA 2005)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Stars ìììì

Bewitched
becomes an entertainment treat largely due to the acting talents of Will Farrell playing the part of Jack Wyatt/Darrin and Nicole Kidman playing the part of Isabel Bigelow/Samantha. Michael Caine is a little too sophisticated, and therefore seems misplaced, while playing his part of Nigel Bigelow, Isabel Bigelow’s father. It seems John Hurt, Christopher Lee, or even Sean Connery would have been a better casting choice for that part.

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Storyline

The film tells the story of Isabel Bigelow, a real life witch, who moves to Los Angeles to begin a new life. In the meantime, Hollywood has decided to reboot the television series Bewitched and is looking for someone to play the part of Samantha. They cannot find someone who can twitch her nose well; but, Jack Wyatt discovers Isabel Bigelow in a bookstore and convinces her to audition for the part of Samantha in the Bewitched television series remake. The result becomes a comedy as spells, magical mayhem, romance, and a little witchery rule the days and nights.

Additional Thanks

Great Work for Director, Producer and Writer Nora Ephron. Thank you to Executive Producers Steven H. Berman, Bobby Cohen, and James W. Skotchdopole for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Iris Smythson/Endora (Shirley MacLaine), Ritchie (Jason Schwartzman), Maria Kelly (Kristen Chenoweth), Nina (Heather Burns), Larry (Jim Turner), Stu Robison (Stephen Colbert), Jim Fields (David Alan Grier), Joey Props (Michael Badalucco), Aunt Clara (Carole Shelley), Uncle Arthur ( Steve Carell), Sheila Wyatt (Katie Finneran), James Lipton (James Lipton), and Conan O’Brian (Conan O’Brian).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie is good, clean fun.

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THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (Theatrical Release USA 1981)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Stars ììì

The Great Muppet Caper
requires a taste for Muppets to truly enjoy the film. However, for Muppet fans, this film is better than some of the eight films in the Muppet series, perhaps because it holds the distinction of being the one Muppet film actually directed by Jim Henson. Look for the cameo appearance by Jim Henson in this movie.

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Storyline

The story contains a little intrigue as newspaper reporters Kermit the Frog (voice of Jim Henson) and Fozzie Bear (voice of Frank Oz) endeavor to solve several high level jewel theft crimes. The plot thickens as Miss Piggy (voice of Frank Oz) becomes involved in a romantic triangle and pressure is put on Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear to increase the effectiveness of their detective work to catch the thieves.

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Director Jim Henson. Thank you to Executive Producer Martin Starger for making the film possible. Additional character/cast include: Rowlf/Dr Teeth/Swedish Chef/Waldorf/The Muppet Newsman/Zeke/Man Having Snapshot in Restaurant (voice of Jim Henson), Animal/Sam the Eagle/ Gramps/Swedish Chef (voice of Frank Oz), Lady Holiday (Diana Riggs), and The Great Gonzo/Beauregard/Zoot/Dr. Bunsen Honeydew/Lobbuck Lou (voice of Dave Goelz).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If you are a Muppets fan, you will not be disappointed.

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