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Stephen Spielberg’s epic take on Abraham Lincoln’s fight to abolish slavery can be described simply as a cinematic masterpiece. Penned by Tony Kushner (from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s best selling novel) with a magnificent intrepid cast, it is unquestionably one of THE best movies of the year.  The Academy Award for Best Actor is Daniel Day-Lewis’s … Continue reading

Little Women : Greta Gerwig’s feminist take on the story of the March Sisters

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  For her sophomore directing gig Greta Gerwig took an enormous gamble by putting her spin on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel LIttle Women that has been universally beloved for the past 150 years since it was first published. Happily this adaption/reinterpretation is a sheer delight that not only will Miss Alcott’s loyal fans love, … Continue reading

Mary, Queen of Scots

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  The Irish/American actress Saoirse Ronan is a shoo-in for her 4th Academy Award nomination for her electrifying performance as the title character Mary, Queen of Scots.   To be fair however, Margot Robbie playing her very fierce cousin Queen Elizabeth 1 of England is also certain to get attention when it comes to acting awards too. … Continue reading

Peter and John

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Peter and John, a period costume drama set in Nantucket in I827, is loosely based on a novel by the 19th Century French author Guy de Maupassant. It’s an odd time in the island’s history as the Civil War has just ended and many of the residents are now struggling financially since the whaling industry … Continue reading

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