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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, 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? ...  Barnes &  Wheatmark 

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....

Long Story Short Publishing 


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. ...

360: Film Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Directed by the usually excellent Fernando Meirelles, "360" -- with Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Ben Foster -- disappointed me, so you know what I'm compelled to do when that happens. Here comes ano...


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...

Jurassic Park III
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Just for laughs and with apologies to Dr. Dolittle, below is my "Jurassic Park III" review. That crystal ball must have been working for me in 2001!...

Honeymoon at the Del
 by Betty Jo Tucker
June is here. Weddings and honeymoons abound this month, so I am happy to share the funny honeymoon excerpt below from "It Had To Be Us," an award-winning romantic memoir my husband and I wrote under ...

Misery Loves Comedy: Film Review/Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Does one have to be miserable to be funny? "Misery Loves Comedy," an amusing and enlightening documentary directed by Kevin Pollak, explores that question. Although the director never appears on scree...

I'll See You in My Dreams: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Carpe Diem I love movies for grown-ups! That’s probably why “I’ll See You in My Dreams” charmed me completely. It focuses on a longtime widow in her seventies who feels her life is over until...

Hollywood Legends
 by Betty Jo Tucker
"In the Company of Legends" was written just for me. Well, probably not, but I sure felt that way while reading this marvelous show biz memoir by Joan Kramer and David Heeley, who have produced outsta...


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...

Funny Ladies of Film
 by Betty Jo Tucker
On April 1, 2014, Movie Addict Headquarters salutes the following funny ladies of film: Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Debbie Reynolds and Gilda Radner. Comedian Nancy Lombardo, host of Com...

Judy Reyes Interview
 by Betty Jo Tucker
In a taped interview for Movie Addict Headquarters, award-winning actress Judy Reyes talks about her starring role in "Gun Hill Road," a film to be released on DVD March 5, 2013. ...

Oscar Mania
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Film historian James Colt Harrison, Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakari and entertainment journalist Diana Saenger drop by Movie Addict HQ on February 19th to share their predictions about the upcoming Oscar wi...

A Romance with Movies
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Movie Addict Headquarters presents a special pre-Valentine’s Day episode on February 12th focusing on romantic films reviewed in “It Had To Be Us,” an award-winning romantic memoir by Harry and Elizab...


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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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