Mr. Movie

Battelle Film Club to spotlight Liz Taylor

Battelle Film Club is offering a Liz Taylor double feature: A Place in the Sun and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

An interesting choice. The contrast in the acting styles between A Place in the Sun and Virginia Woolf is stunning. Taylor is more of a supporting character in the first and won an Oscar for what some consider her most powerful work in Virginia Woolf.

I recently caught A Place in the Sun and the plot focus is Montgomery Clift's confused, social-climbing character. Using a breathy, little girl-like delivery akin to Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O’Hara, Taylor’s low-key work doesn’t give you a hint of the powerful, emotional actress she eventually became.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf features some of the best acting done in the 1960s and won Oscars for not only Taylor, who will blow you away, but also for a supporting role for Sandy Dennis.

Mr. Movie rating: A Place in the Sun 4 stars, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf 5 stars

Not rated, probably PG-13. It plays one time — Friday, Oct. 7 — at the Battelle Auditorium. Note the starting time is 7 p.m., an hour earlier than typical.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.