Saturday, July 23, 2016

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  • Movies | July 19, 2016

    New ‘Ghostbusters’ just can’t match the original


    During my childhood the great Broadway musical “Hello Dolly” ran for a long time. Carol Channing, who originated the title part, tired and was replaced with a series of famous actresses, including Ethel Merman, the singer for whom the show was supposedly written. Eventually Pearl

  • Movies | July 18, 2016

    Solid acting among ‘The Infiltrator’s’ assets


    Apparently the people who supply money to movie-makers are not yet ready to let Brian Cranston play a completely new character. His break-out part was in the TV series “Breaking Bad” where he played a misfit in the illegal drug trade. So who does he

  • Movies | July 13, 2016

    ‘Mike and Dave’ has little — but enough — going for it


    The crowd in the showing of “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” was laughing considerably more than they would have been if they had just decided to have a good time no matter what the movie gave them. So probably we had best mark this

  • Movies | July 11, 2016

    ‘Secret Life of Pets’ severely limited in appeal


    About a month ago we were discussing the limits of Pixar’s animated film “Finding Dory” as an entertainment for adults. And less than a year ago we were discussing the effective story-telling in Aardman’s almost wordless “Shaun the Sheep” movie. Now we are

  • Movies | July 07, 2016

    Some good movies are coming to home-viewing media


    From the point of view of theater owners, the prospect must be daunting. The studios depend more and more on revenue other than their share of ticket-revenue for first-run movies. Which means, among other things, that general-release films are available on home-viewing media almost as

  • Movies | July 06, 2016

    Spielberg cuts the life out of a sure-fire film


    Stephen Spielberg has gone from being the director of “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “E.T.” to being the director of “Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln,” and “War Horse.” His descent may have been a slow, floating one. But the newer movies don’t

  • Movies | July 05, 2016

    Third ‘Purge’ movie is the weakest, most distasteful


    The series of movies that began with the 2013 “The Purge” has been searching for something to be about. Now the third of the films is out. The third and weakest. The third and most distasteful. This time the movie-makers think they’ve found something that

  • Movies | July 04, 2016

    New ‘Tarzan’ is more than just the same old thing


    Here’s a sentence never spoken: “Golly but I wish they’d make a new Tarzan movie.” Actually the new movie “The Legend of Tarzan” is attractive in all sorts of ways. And probably its makers, including director David Yates who made four Harry Potter

  • Movies | June 27, 2016

    All in all ‘Resurgence’ is pretty amusing


    For a journeyman movie director, Roland Emmerich has made a bunch of fairly large budget films. His latest, “Resurgence,” is the sequel to his 1996 movie “Independence Day,” a Will Smith vehicle. “Resurgence” doesn’t have Smith. But many of the actors in the original cast,

  • Movies | June 21, 2016

    ‘Central Intelligence’ has some amusing twists


    The new movie “Central Intelligence” isn’t making a play on the name of the government’s overseas spy organization. Of course, it isn’t required to do so. But this failure says something about the extent to which the script was thought through, the

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