Nearly 350 years ago, a jailed Puritan pastor named John Bunyan brought forth a little book called “Pilgrim’s Progress”; it has since been translated into more than 200 languages -- and reliably dubbed the second-best-selling book in English (after the Bible).
The new “Dumbo” is nearly 50 minutes longer than its 1941 predecessor -- so one might justly worry that they padded out the slender storyline with cheesy musical numbers, excess sentiment and/or unnecessary action scenes.
Just because you’re fond of the subject in a given movie, that’s no guarantee that you’ll enjoy the film itself. There are plenty of lawyers who hate courtroom dramas, and plenty of physicians don’t like movies about doctors either.
Were you amazed by James McAvoy’s performance as a schizophrenic in “Split”? Did you enjoy watching him run through several personalities, including a prissy woman and a lisping nine-year-old? Did you wonder why on earth he didn’t get an Oscar nomination that year? A...
At the very end of last year, having waited five weeks for “Green Book” to open in Williamsport, I finally gave up and drove all the way to State College to see the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.