Jan Wahl Movie Review: 'Coriolanus' & 'Larger Than Life'

A scene from "Coriolanus" (credit: The Weinstein Company)

You can hear KCBS Entertainment Editor Jan Wahl’s movie reviews on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM Fridays at 8:53am & 4:53pm.

(KCBS) – Jan Wahl reviews “Coriolanus,” starring Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave. Plus Jan also reviews Carol Channing’s “Larger Than Life.”

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Ralph Fiennes chose this Shakespearian tragedy as his feature film directorial debut. In “Coriolanus” (R), we meet a capable but extremely arrogant general in Rome, transported here to a fascist state. His mother, (played by the always luminous Vanessa Redgrave) cares about nothing except her son’s rise to power and military glory. Redgrave just gets better as time goes by, says Wahl.

Other great casting choices in this film: Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain and Brian Cox.

It’s gusty filmmaking and gets 3 hats from Jan.


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People raised in the Bay Area will surely love Carol Channing’s “Larger Than Life,” a love story considering she ended up married late in life to her early schoolgirl friend.

Perhaps the best part of this documentary is the respect and love the showbiz community has for this veteran entertainer.

Wahl wishes there was more about her long and destructive marriage to her manager/boss, but she’s still giving it three hats.

See Now:The Artist,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Descendants,” “Hugo,” “A Dangerous Method,” “My Week With Marilyn.”

Watch On Video/DVD:
Midnight in Paris” and “50/50

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