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The Reel Deal - 50plus LIFE
  • The Reel Deal: Unfrosted: The Pop-Tarts Story

    In 1964, America was focused on the civil rights movement, Cassius Clay becoming Muhammed Ali, and the Beatles dominating the music world.

  • The Reel Deal: ‘Arthur the King’

    Hollywood dog movies go back over a century, starting with Rin-Tin-Tin’s The Man from Hell’s River. Since then, some classics have included Lassie Come Home (1943), Old Yeller (1957), and The Incredible Journey (1963).

  • The Reel Deal: Ordinary Angels

    Producer Kevin Downs says, “I hope this film inspires many to not just talk about how we can love our neighbor, but actually show how we can love our neighbor in ways that put others in front.

  • The Reel Deal: Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning, Part One

    This summer, Tom Cruise is back on the big screen as the international spy/adrenaline junkie Ethan Hunt for the seventh (but not final) Mission: Impossible flick, this one subtitled Dead Reckoning, Part One. (Part Two comes out in June 2024.)

  • The Reel Deal: The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian in 1837 and first published as part of a collection of stories for children.

  • The Reel Deal: Champions

    In 1992, Woody Harrelson co-starred with Wesley Snipes in the basketball movie White Men Can’t Jump. While some found the title offensive, the film itself about two hotshot streetball hustlers sold tons of tickets at the box office.

  • The Reel Deal: A Man Called Otto

    Tom Hanks as a bad-tempered neighbor from hell? Now that’s hard to imagine!

  • The Reel Deal: Mickey: The Story of a Mouse

    In 1928, when he was involved in a legal tussle with Universal Pictures, Walt Disney lost the rights to his cartoon creation Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

  • The Reel Deal: Hocus Pocus 2

    After taking eight long years to develop and film the story, Disney’s Hocus Pocus appeared in theaters as a 1993 fantasy/comedy/horror offering.

  • The Reel Deal: Where the Crawdads Sing

    In the film version of Where the Crawdads Sing, Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People, Fresh) stars as Kya, whom everyone in the North Carolina backwater burg of Barkley Cove calls “the swamp girl.”

  • The Reel Deal: Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Eleven months ago, American film production and distribution company Focus Features trumpeted news of the forthcoming movie Downton Abbey – A New Era. It was set to be released at Christmastime but, as with many films, the ongoing pandemic played havoc with schedules.

  • The Reel Deal: Tyson’s Run

    Good, old-fashioned “feel-good” movies seem to never go out of style, and audiences to this day still want to cheer for the little guy and watch sympathetic people overcome the odds. Tyson’s Run provides such a story.

  • The Reel Deal: The 355

    A new action thriller with the intriguing title of The 355 opens this month. The inspiration for the film’s title goes back to the Revolutionary War era, when 355 was the code number assigned to the first female spy — a woman unnamed (and obviously unappreciated) by historians to this day.

  • The Reel Deal: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    In 1984, Ghostbusterswas unleashed in theaters throughout the U.S. The supernatural comedy generated rave reviews and became a cultural phenomenon as one of the most successful laugh-fests of the ’80s.

  • The Reel Deal: Cry Macho

    The new Clint Eastwood film Cry Macho— he directs and stars in it — is based on N. Richard Nash’s 1975 novel of the same name.

  • The Reel Deal: Jungle Cruise

    Visually, Disney’s Jungle Cruise could be considered a mashup of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and stunt-fueled Indiana Jones movies, with elements of the 1951 Bogart-Hepburn film classic The African Queenthrown in for good measure.

  • The Reel Deal: Cruella

    In Disney’s 1961 animated feature 101 Dalmatians, based on a 1956 novel by Dodie Smith, we meet Cruella de Vil. (Could there be a more perfect first name to represent evil?)

  • The Reel Deal: Boogie

    It seems that there aren’t too many lines of work that 39-year-old Eddie Huang hasn’t been involved in.

  • The Reel Deal: Some Kind of Heaven

    Located 20 miles from Ocala in central Florida, The Villages began decades ago as a sprawling trailer park before being reconfigured along the lines of such thriving retiree havens as Sun City, Arizona.

  • The Reel Deal: No Time to Die

    An Aston-Martin sprays bullets from Gatling gun headlight cavities. Powerful motorcycles leap over low walls and roar across rooftops. Speeding high-end cars sail dramatically in slo-mo off steep cliffs.

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