Thursday, July 30, 2015



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | July 28, 2015

    ‘Southpaw’ comes across as calculating, cynical, thin

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    Boxing movies are usually among the most emotionally manipulative of all films. Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw” would be the heavy-weight champ of melodramas, except for its casting. Jake Gyllenhaal is too little, it seems, even to be a light-heavy, though this is what the story

  • Movies | July 27, 2015

    ‘Paper Towns’ is straight ‘coming-of-age’ stuff

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    The new movie “Paper Towns,” based on a John Green novel, is straight “coming-of-age” stuff. Three teenaged boys crash a party, skip school, and take a road trip all in the last days of their high school careers. And at the end of the story,

  • Movies | July 22, 2015

    New movie ‘Trainwreck’ mostly takes care of business

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    Movies directed by Judd Apatow have sold a lot of tickets. “40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked-Up,” “Funny People,” and “This is 40” owe their popularity to talented casts, shambling dialog, some tasteless pandering, and the makers’ desire to go beyond the initial funny idea. Apatow’s latest creation, “

  • Movies | July 21, 2015

    ‘Minions’ enough of a diversion to keep most kids happy

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    After two successful runs as supporting characters, this summer the cylindrical yellow creatures from the “Despicable Me” franchise have hit the big screen on their own in Universal Studios’ “Minions.” Delving into the origins of Gru’s helpful and accident prone horde of assistants, “Minions”

  • Movies | July 07, 2015

    Not much to pick from on New Release shelves

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    July doesn’t look like much of a new DVD month. There are really only a few general release movies coming out on home viewing media, and they are not general crowd pleasers. So there’s “Maggie,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin escaping the

  • Movies | July 06, 2015

    ‘Magic Mike’ sequel has even less story than original

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    Three years ago the American movie-going public was treated to an entertainment called “Magic Mike.” What story there was in it considered the difficulties a male stripper (Channing Tatum or Tatum Channing) faced while trying to start a custom furniture business. Some of his problems

  • Movies | July 02, 2015

    The dogs are pretty good actors in familiar ‘Max’

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    Susan Orlean has a new book out about Rin Tin Tin. She tells how an American soldier found a German shepherd puppy on a battlefield in 1918 and how the dog went on to Hollywood stardom. But even if we didn’t have her book to

  • Movies | June 30, 2015

    ‘Ted 2’ has little to offer the movie viewer

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    There must be four different replacements for jokes in the new sentimental and old-fashioned “Ted 2.” One, the most common, is the introduction of words that can’t be printed in a family newspaper. The characters curse, frequently and usually without purpose, and the audience is

  • Movies | June 29, 2015

    Mostly, new film ‘Dope’ just gave viewer a pain

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    The new film “Dope” is an odd mix of familiar things. It resembles nothing so much as an Archie and Jughead comic except that all the characters are African-American, the setting is contemporary Los Angeles, and the language and business concerns have largely been borrowed

  • Movies | June 29, 2015

    Mostly, new film ‘Dope’ just gave viewer a pain

    G.w.clift1

    The new film “Dope” is an odd mix of familiar things. It resembles nothing so much as an Archie and Jughead comic except that all the characters are African-American, the setting is contemporary Los Angeles, and the language and business concerns have largely been borrowed


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