Bruce Bennett Short Bio

Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett has been the primary contributor to Mad About Movies since it began in 2003. He is an award winning film and theater critic who, since 2000, has been writing a weekly column in The Spectrum daily newspaper in southern Utah as well as serving as a contributing editor of “The Independent,” a monthly entertainment magazine. He is also the co-host of “Film Fanatics” a movie review show which earned a Telly in 2009. Bruce is also a featured contributor at: RottenTomatoes.com

His motto: "I see bad movies so you don't have to."

An Unfinished Life

A quietly old fashioned “Unfinished Life”

You might be surprised to learn that Jennifer Lopez holds her own against strong performances by Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman, as well as show-stealing newcomer 15-year-old Becca Gardner. (She looks amazingly like a young Ally Sheedy) The narrative recalls “On Golden Pond,” as Redford’s grizzly rancher father-in-law learns to forgive his daughter-in-law (Lopez) for the accidental death of his son with the help of his philosophic compadre (Freeman, naturally) and charming granddaughter (Gardner). Familiar territory, but subtly and effectively covered.

Grade: B

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