ONE FINAL NIGHT TO SAVE THE DAY. When Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) learns that the magical tablet that makes everything in the Museum of Natural History come alive at night is corroding, the race is on to save it. The third film in the franchise is very similar to its predecessors, but still has greater … Continue reading Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
An embittered juvenile delinquent is transferred to Boys Town and Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) asks Whitey (Mickey Rooney) to come up with a way to make the boy feel better. This sequel to Boys Town (1938) continues in the same vein and with most of the same cast, although the perpetually concerned Dave Morris is … Continue reading Men of Boys Town
THEY’RE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. On a visit to Los Angeles, two brothers who are huge fans of the Muppets realize that the old studio closed down years ago… and now the showbiz gang are in danger of losing everything, including their name. The first Muppet movie in 12 years wisely, cleverly and disarmingly acknowledge … Continue reading The Muppets
THE LIFE STORY OF A BOY WHO WAS “BORN TO BE HUNG”! When Spencer Tracy won an Oscar for the second year in a row (after Captains Courageous (1937)), he was very grateful toward the man who inspired his character in Boys Town, the real-life Father Flanagan. As the story goes, an MGM publicity … Continue reading Boys Town: A Haven for Hooligans
THE WORLD OF “MOUNTAIN” RIVERA… THE FAST BUCK… THE ANGRY MEN… THE LONELY WOMEN! Prizefighter “Mountain” Rivera (Anthony Quinn) is knocked out in the ring and told by the doctor that he needs to retire; however, finding a new line of work is hard for someone who only knows the art of fighting. Marty (1955), … Continue reading Requiem for a Heavyweight
EVERYTHING COMES TO LIFE. Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) takes a job as a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History, only to learn that every model in it comes alive at night. You know it’s a family film when Robin Williams is in it and never cracks any funny jokes; his performance as Teddy Roosevelt won’t … Continue reading Night at the Museum
THE MOVIE THEY THINK THEY’RE MAKING… ISN’T A MOVIE ANYMORE. A group of diverse actors gather in Vietnam to make a war movie, but end up in real trouble with heroin manufacturers without realizing it. Ben Stiller is a frustrating director, full of great, politically incorrect ideas but incapable of making a movie that holds … Continue reading Tropic Thunder
BOY! DO WE NEED IT NOW! A popular compilation of memorable clips from nearly one hundred MGM musicals, which serves the purpose of celebrating the studio’s 50th anniversary. No other studio in Hollywood managed to make musicals this good, which means this is a peek at the very best Tinseltown has to offer in the … Continue reading That’s Entertainment!