Saturday, June 25, 2016



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | May 24, 2016

    Attractions of ‘Nice Guys’ overshadow its weaknesses

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    What elements do you want in a movie? If you like action pictures or detective stories, you may want a plausible but fairly complicated story. Movie-goers will get one when they go to see “The Nice Guys,” one of the best half dozen movies in

  • Movies | May 17, 2016

    Latest ghost story an interesting film with a good cast

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    Ghost stories don’t always make the most natural movies. They get tossed into the “horror” category, and most horror movie fans want to be jolted. But ghost stories don’t usually provide as many opportunities for jolts. So soon forgotten are movies like “The

  • Movies | May 16, 2016

    ‘Money Monster’ doesn’t communicate much about investing

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    Movie-goers have to realize that there are limitations to what filmmakers can do successfully. Telling stories about car chases they can do. Building tension and then surprising the viewer with a some spook jumping out of a wall, no prob. Discussing anything abstract—well, this

  • Movies | May 09, 2016

    ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is big entertainment

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    The new super-hero movie “Captain America: Civil War” is a big entertainment, 146 minutes long and with a large cast of characters. The action in it looks good and has pace. Eventually it gets around to being funny, too, in the way that the movies based

  • Movies | May 04, 2016

    New film ‘Keanu’ surprisingly amusing

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    Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele have absolutely lived on television the last few years. But not “NCIS,” “Big Bang Theory,” big-name broadcast TV. They’ve been on “Ithamar Has Nothing to Say” and “Drunk Theory,” and seventy other things like that. Oh. And then they

  • Movies | May 03, 2016

    Little reason to see long, dull ‘Mother’s Day’

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    Garry Marshall is in a movie rut. The creator of the “Happy Days” television series and of lots of predictable romance movies, beginning with “Pretty Woman,” has recently begun making one movie each about national holidays. So we’ve had Garry Marshall’s “Valentine’s

  • Movies | May 02, 2016

    Ratchet and Clank movie under-conceived but harmless

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    Sony makes the Playstation game system. The different generations of Ratchet and Clank video games have run on Playstations since the first game was introduced in 2002. During much of that time Sony has been talking about making a movie based on the science-fiction action of

  • Movies | April 22, 2016

    Little memorable about the latest ‘Barbershop’

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    Twelve years was enough time for most of us to forget the first two “Barbershop” movies. It’s been even longer, this writer is told, since a public feud broke out between the third “Barbershop’s” two stars. Ice Cube, always the headliner in the

  • Movies | April 21, 2016

    Kipling would have approved of new ‘Jungle Book’

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    Rudyard Kipling has made a lot of money for the folks at Disney. They made an animated movie of his “The Jungle Book” in 1967. And now they have a superior-looking version of the same story out in theaters. The movie is selling lots of tickets

  • Movies | April 15, 2016

    ‘The Boss’ is a 20teens comedy with a difference

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    “The Boss” is the name of the new Melissa McCarthy film comedy. And though it features a couple of television stars and was produced by Will Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay, its pleasures are relatively subtle. Oh, it has the stock 20teens comedy


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