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"All art forms converge in the movies; that's why I enjoy writing and talking about them so much."


  I've never been able to conquer my addiction to movies. After retiring as a college dean, I turned my passion for the cinema into a new career. Now, as a film critic, I see almost 200 movies a year. Fortunately, my husband, children, and grandchildren love movies almost as much as I do!

Accomplishments: 1. Revealed all about my longstanding obsession with the cinema in CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, which won First Place in the memoir category at the 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest.

2. Analyzed the film career of an actress who's become an American icon in SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK, which received Honorable Mention at the 2007 New York Book Festival.

3. Developed an online writing course entitled "The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies" for the Long Story Short School of Writing.

4. Helped establish ReelTalkReviews.com, a website now including over 4,000 movie reviews and close to 600 film-related feature articles.

5. Created (and currently serve as host for) "Movie Addict Headquarters," a weekly film-related talk show on BlogTalkRadio.

(Photo by Bryan Kelsen for The Pueblo Chieftain.)


Confessions of a Movie Addict by Betty Jo Tucker
Film Stars! Dancing! Popcorn! At last, a life story with everything but the movie stuff edited out.This amusing memoir chronicles film critic Betty Jo Tucker's love affair with film from the 1930s through the beginning of the new millennium. It also includes interviews with show biz celebrities and selected movie reviews....

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Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick by Betty Jo Tucker
Susan Sarandon's extraordinary movie career is analyzed by film critic Betty Jo Tucker in SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK. Why did the passionate and outspoken Sarandon choose acting as a career? How does she select her roles? What is her acting philosophy? What motivates her to promote social and political causes and why do some people object to this? How do critics rate her work and her movies? ...

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The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies by Betty Jo Tucker
"The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies" is designed for people who want to learn various techniques for writing movie reviews as well as for interviewing actors, directors, screenwriters and other film personnel....

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Minions and Me
 by Betty Jo Tucker
As an avid Minions fan, I feel guilty about not being in the audience for their latest movie, which was released last Friday, July 10. Too bad I have been housebound all weekend. Bummer! I hope the po...

Father's Day Golfers Again!
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Again this year, three generations of the Tuckers will be playing in our local golf tournament on Father's Day. I'm posting this poem once more for Larry, Kelly and Sam to cheer them on! ...

What Is a Poem?
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Woke up around 2 a.m. last night and couldn't go back to sleep until this poem wrote itself. ...

Gone Girl: Poem and Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
As I've mentioned before, sometimes a poem seems more appropriate than a regular movie review. Such is the case with "Gone Girl." So here's both for your reading pleasure....

Father's Day Golfers
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Three generations of the Tuckers are playing together in our local Father/Son Golf Tournament today. This poem is for them....

Maleficent Film Poem and Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Sometimes a poem captures the tone of a movie even better than a regular review. Below, dear reader, find both for Disney's "Maleficent."...

Sandy Hook Lament
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Like everyone else, I feel devastated about the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school. My poem expresses this deep sadness. ...


Ricki and the Flash: Film Review/Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Dear Meryl Streep, Please take me seriously when I plead with you to go on tour with your "Ricki and the Flash" band. The way you guys work together and perform so enthusiastically is truly m...

Somebody Hates Me
 by Betty Jo Tucker
The paperback version of CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, my amusing life-at-the-movies memoir, was released in 2001 -– and I’m glad it’s available on Amazon’s Kindle now. Because it was so much fun to ...

Minions Film Review and Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Adorable and funny, "Minions" turns out to be an almost perfect prequel to the "Despicable Me" animated movies. It’s a visual history of how these little yellow creatures came to be, and it also depic...

Danny Collins: Film Review/Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
For Al Pacino, 2015 has been a very good year so far. His impressive performances in "Manglehorn" and "Danny Collins" surprised and delighted me. He nails both characters and made me care what ha...

Manglehorn: Film Review/Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Al Pacino turns in one of his best performances in “Manglehorn.” Although requiring patience to watch, this film definitely ends up being worth the effort, mostly because of Pacino’s intense port...

Spy: Film Review/Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Watch your back, 007! Women take over the spy game in this James Bond spoof for the ages. No wonder I am on cloud nine after watching "Spy." Talk about exceeding expectations! The preview pr...

Big Fish: A Film for Father's Day
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Guess what happened to me before sitting down to write this review? As I opened the door to my office, the tree on my “Big Fish” movie poster began growing taller and taller. Fearing it would bre...


Meryl Streep and Her Film Performances
 by Betty Jo Tucker
On the August 25th Movie Addict Headquarters show, I will be reviewing "Ricki and the Flash," starring Meryl Streep. Plus, noted film critic Mack Bates has agreed to talk about Streep’s illustrious ac...

National Dance Day Movie Tunes
 by Betty Jo Tucker
On Tuesday, July 21, Movie Addict Headquarters helped listeners get ready for National Dance Day (July 25) with Gene Kelly, James Cagney, Lucille Ball, Lily James, Dick Van Dyke, Lucie Arnaz, Julie An...

Alive and Kicking: Women's Soccer Film
 by Betty Jo Tucker
On July 14, filmmaker Scott Abramovitch visits Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about "Alive and Kicking," his upcoming film about soccer moms and how starting a woman’s soccer league changes their l...

James Horner: Film Music from the Heart
 by Betty Jo Tucker
On July 7, Movie Addict Headquarters pays tribute to James Horner, the composer of such memorable movie scores as "Titanic," "A Beautiful Mind," "Avatar," "Braveheart," "Field of Dreams," "The Legend ...

Madeline Kahn Biographer Interview
 by Betty Jo Tucker
On June 23, author William V. Madison drops by Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about "Madeline Kahn: Being the Music – A Life," his fascinating biography of the beloved actress who won so many fans ...

Hugh O'Brian Interview
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Hugh O’Brian, best-known for portraying legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, talked about his acting career as well as HOBY, his successful youth leadership project, in a recent taped interview for Movie Addi...

Cinderella-Thon on Movie Addict Headquarters
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Movie Addict Headquarters hosted a spirited Cinderella-Thon Extravaganza this week on BlogTalkRadio...


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Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence


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Additional information

I'm the Editor/Lead Film Critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews and write monthly film commentary for The Colorado Senior Beacon. My latest adventure involves hosting "Movie Addict Headquarters" on BlogTalkRadio. I belong to the Online Film Critics Society and helped found the San Diego Film Critics Society. I helped found the San Diego Film Critics Society and am a member of the Online Film Critics Society. And, last but not least, IT HAD TO BE US (the little romantic memoir my husband and I won wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry & Elizabeth Lawrence) won First Place in the e-book category at the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival Awards Program.

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