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MOVIE REVIEW: 'Land Ho!' Indie Comedy About Two Retirees in Iceland

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Land Ho!' Indie Comedy About Two Retirees in Iceland
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Two men past retirement age go on a vacation in Iceland, looking for adventure and good times. Once married to sisters, the men have not seen each other in years, but reconnect when Mitch invites Colin over and tells him that he has booked the surprise trip for the two of them. A retired surgeon, Mitch is the one with the money, the good ol’ boy manner, and the enthusiasm. The more reserved Colin has an Australian accent and is recovering from a bad second marriage after his first wife’s death. What lies ahead for these two wild and crazy guys?

That is the premise of the quirky geezer comedy “Land Ho!” but unlike other movies in this genre, the melancholy that attends getting older is not totally ignored. Mitch insists that life is too short to sit still and describes their trip as an attempt to get their groove back, but co-writers/directors Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz recognize that getting older inevitably involves loss and regret.  That recognition cuts the saccharine sentimentality that makes so many of these movies hard to take and basically dishonest.

 

Mark-making in abstract art: subject of Princeton University exhibition and lecture

Mark-making in abstract art: subject of Princeton University exhibition and lecture
BY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Abstract art: you know it when you see it because you usually can’t relate the content of the picture to anything in real life. So it’s often called “non-representat...

Kim Kardashian becomes a Shore thing

Kim Kardashian becomes a Shore thing
BY KRISTEN LAULETTI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Kim Kardashian and her friend visited Seaside Heights, New Jersey where she got much attention from beach-goers as she hit the rides and enjoyed boardwalk snack...

Who would want to kill Michael Strahan?

Who would want to kill Michael Strahan?
BY KRISTEN LAULETTI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A homeless man tried to get into ABC’s Good Morning America in order to kill Michael Strahan but was heroically stopped by security.

Andre Johnson, 25, attempted...

Action Park: 'Wildest Amusement Park in the World' Revived Just in Time for Summer in New Jersey

Action Park: 'Wildest Amusement Park in the World' Revived Just in Time for Summer in New Jersey
BY MARY MARSHALL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

There comes a time when the initial excitement of the summer season starts to dwindle: swimsuits and beach towels are marked down, you realize you’ve binge-watched...

How to Survive Warped Tour in New Jersey

How to Survive Warped Tour in New Jersey
BY FRANCESCA PHILLIPPY
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Warped Tour – one of the loudest and most popular music festivals in the country – will be coming to New Jersey this summer.

Warped Tour will be in Holmdel on...

Zumanjaro: Six Flags Great Adventure has 'Drop of Doom'

Zumanjaro: Six Flags Great Adventure has 'Drop of Doom'
BY KRISTEN LAULETTI
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Originally scheduled to be open to the public for Memorial Day, Zumanjaro at Six Flags Great Adventure has the new opening date of July 4.

According to PIX 11, t...

Do ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ Spend More Time in Court Than on TV?

Do ‘Real Housewives of NJ’ Spend More Time in Court Than on TV?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The new season of Real Housewives of New Jersey premieres on Bravo on July 13.

The reality show families already battle on and off the TV screen. In recent years the sta...

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Begin Again’ Proves that Sometimes, ‘Once’ Really is Not Enough

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Begin Again’ Proves that Sometimes, ‘Once’ Really is Not Enough
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Is John Carney, the writer and director of “Begin Again,” just a Johnny One-Note? Or was “Once” truly not enough for this musician turned filmmaker?...

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