Naturally, one would think that a courtroom drama that features a volatile standoff between an ornery father and town judge suddenly forced into the defendant's chair and an equally stubborn attorney who happens to be the judge's estranged son would result in something quite intriguing on screen.
One would especially think that when the two leading men are excellent dramatic actors Robert Duvall, an Oscar winner, and Robert Downey Jr., a two-time Oscar nominee.
Well, one would be wrong.
The Judge, despite superb acting by Downey and Duvall, the two Roberts, if you will, has more potholes than the small Indiana town main street it plays out on after a heavy rain.
What could possibly be so wrong?
Click here for my full review of The Judge and find out.
'Tis the season to book your MM presentations
Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn in "Miracle on 34th Street." (20th Century Fox)
Whether it's a corporate Christmas party, a country club holiday gathering or a retirement community seasonal celebration, the "Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays" Movie Memories presentation arrives bearing gifts of laughter, nostalgia and holiday joy.
In a presentation lasting a little over an hour, Larry combines Christmas classic movie clips with behind-the-scene Hollywood insight and tales of Christmases past sure to entertain your group and inspire and touch hearts along the way.
We'll begin by boarding The Polar Express, with stops along the way at everything from White Christmas to The Santa Clause. Of course our final holiday stop simply must be ... Well, you just have to join us to find out.
James Stewart, Donna Reed and joyus family in "It's a Wonderful Life." (Courtesy: RKO Radio Pictures)
Or, maybe your group would prefer to go behind the scenes of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time, It's a Wonderful Life.
You’re probably aware that an angel gets his wings and grumpy old Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) tries to run everything in Bedford Falls.
But did you know that at least one film historian says Henry Fonda was considered for the role of reluctant small-town banker George Bailey? Of course that became a signature role for James Stewart.
And just where is Bedford Falls? Is it a real place? There are lots of things to learn about film critic Larry Ratliff’s favorite holiday film of all time.
Call 214-364-7364 to book your one-of-a-kind "Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays" or It's a Wonderful Life Movie Memories presentation. We travel anywhere in Texas, especially the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, San Antonio, Austin and Houston, with special discounts for multiple corporate bookings.
Hurry, though. Call today to lock in prime holiday dates before they're all taken.