Film review: BLUE JASMINE, from Built For Speed

Following the disappointingly light and fluffy To Rome with Love, Woody Allen returns to form with Blue Jasmine, a confronting drama that explores the perils of downward mobility and self-delusion. Cate Blanchett, plays Jeanette or Jasmine French, a formerly wealthy Park Avenue snob who, as a result of her late husband Hal’s (Alec Baldwin) philandering and shifty business deals, has

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Film review: TO ROME WITH LOVE, from Built For Speed

After the wonderful nostalgic fantasy Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s European tour hits a major pothole with the uninspired To Rome with love.  This frothy, feather-light film features mostly unsympathetic characters in the midst of mild romantic dilemmas that are rarely interesting or funny. The film has four main story threads all of which examine the strange corrupting lure of

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