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MOVIE REVIEW: 'My Old Lady' Boasts All-Star Cast and Parisian Backdrop

MOVIE REVIEW: 'My Old Lady' Boasts All-Star Cast and Parisian Backdrop
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Award-winning playwright Israel Horowitz is trying his hand at movie directing with the adaptation of his play “My Old Lady,” and he has an all-star cast and Paris as a backdrop to help him out. The result is an enjoyable dramatic comedy that still feels as if it was more effective on the stage. Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith are always a pleasure to watch, and Kristin Scott Thomas brings a lot of feeling to the project, however, so a moviegoer could do a lot worse.

Depressed and broke, New York writer Matthias Gold (Kevin Kline) shows up in the gentrifying Marais section of Paris to check on the large apartment his estranged father left him when he died. To his  consternation, Matthias finds the elderly Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith) ensconced there with her daughter Chloe (Scott Thomas), and what’s worse, he learns that he must pay them rent despite his being the owner. Evidently, French real estate law allows for an arrangement referred to as a viager, a sort of reverse mortgage deal, but more complicated. If the property is sold, the tenant goes with the sale, which makes the apratment somewhat less than desirable.

 

'Trade Practices' Off Broadway Review: Buying Into Storylines

'Trade Practices' Off Broadway Review: Buying Into Storylines
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A new immersive theater event, “Trade Practices” is staged at Pershing Hall on Governor’s Island, a ten-minute ferry trip from Manhattan. The ...

'My Manana Comes' Off Broadway Review: The Back of House Boys

'My Manana Comes' Off Broadway Review: The Back of House Boys
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

The scene for “My Manana Comes,” an insightful new play by Elizabeth Irwin, is a pantry situated between the kitchen and dining room of a smar...

'The Wayside Motor Inn' Off Broadway Review: The Way We Were

'The Wayside Motor Inn' Off Broadway Review: The Way We Were
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Before playwright A.R. Gurney hit his stride in the 1980s as a chronicler of WASP culture on the wane, he composed a number of other worthy dr...

Stephen Hill did a lot more than ‘Seinfeld’

Stephen Hill did a lot more than ‘Seinfeld’
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An actor from New Jersey with over 30 years in the business has died.

Stephen Lee died of a heart attack on August 14 in California at the age of 58.

Lee played a number ...

13 Roller Coasters of Six Flags Great Adventure

13 Roller Coasters of Six Flags Great Adventure
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township just keeps on growing.

The theme park that just added the tallest drop ride in the world to its attractions this year will ...

'And I and Silence' Off Broadway Review: A Strong, Sensitive Drama

'And I and Silence' Off Broadway Review: A Strong, Sensitive Drama
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“And I and Silence” takes its title from an Emily Dickinson piece and much like the poet’s work, Naomi Wallace’s new drama is sensitive yet st...

Matthew Weiner's First Feature "Are You Here" Disappointing

Matthew Weiner's First Feature
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has tried his hand at a full-length feature film, but “Are You Here” (written before “Mad Men”) is unlikely to please mo...

He Loves Me; She Loves Me Not: "The One I Love" Movie Review

He Loves Me; She Loves Me Not:
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Thanks to restrictions imposed on it by director Charlie McDowell and screenwriter Justin Lader, THE ONE I LOVE is an impossible movie to review…which is probab...

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