Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | October 28, 2015

    ‘Witch Hunter’ a film for looking at rather than understanding


    What director Breck Eisner does is make pedestrian ideas for movies into big, popping films. For example, somebody thought, George Romero’s zombie movies are very popular. Let’s re-make his “The Crazies.” Then Eisner got responsibility for the project and the result was a

  • Movies | October 27, 2015

    ‘Pan’ misses mark as part of Peter Pan franchise


    “Pan” is not quite a prequel to the well-known story of Peter Pan. It would be better classified as the first in a trilogy, with the middle film still missing. Instead of the pointy-eared, elfish-looking Peter, “Pan” stars Levi Miller as a very ordinary orphan

  • Movies | October 26, 2015

    Not everything in movie ‘Woodlawn’ is first rate


    Someday someone who doesn’t have enough to do will write a book about the irony of the mid-sixties’ Civil Rights movement in popular media. Probably PBS loves programs on this subject for the same reason a cable station called The History Channel used to

  • Movies | October 23, 2015

    Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ full of useless complications


    There is always a little distance between a moviegoer and a Steven Spielberg movie. The most popular of his films are full of emphasized and sometimes arresting images, but they don’t really mean all that much. Consider “Jaws,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “

  • Movies | October 19, 2015

    ‘The Martian’ a lot more fun to watch than ‘Gravity’


    After the successful space disaster movie “Gravity,” there were bound to be more. In “The Martian” Matt Damon plays the headstrong botanist and astronaut Mark Watney. Accompanied by others and led by Mission Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), Mark is on a mission to study

  • Movies | October 16, 2015

    ‘99 Homes’ makes a story out of the failure of bureaucracy


    Like “Pawn Sacrifice,” “99 Homes” is a movie about recent American history. The two films are “small” in the sense that they weren’t big-budget studio projects. But they both had enough money spent in their making, and they are both helped by solid casting. They

  • Movies | October 15, 2015

    Strong cast holds viewer’s attention in ‘Pawn Sacrifice’


    “Pawn Sacrifice,” director Edward Zwick’s version of the 1972 Fischer vs Spasky chess match, is one of a pair of new movies now playing in Manhattan that might not have been shown here even six months ago. It and “99 Homes” seem to show that the

  • Movies | October 13, 2015

    ‘Hell and Back’ decidedly adult and downright dreadful

    An animated feature that comes to Manhattan usually means an outing for me and one or more of the kids. This was not the case with “Hell and Back.” Decidedly adult in content and delivery, “Hell and Back” follows a trio of friends that work

  • Movies | October 12, 2015

    ‘Sicario’ is a quality, if brutal, film


    It is hard to fathom just how violent and cruel the drug cartels have become in Mexico. The Denis Villeneuve-directed film “Sicario” takes that cruelty and casts it against the desperation of the law and order ideal trying to combat it. The film begins with

  • Movies | October 08, 2015

    Joel Edgerton’s ‘The Gift’ pick of October DVD releases


    Movie fans who buy or rent DVD versions of recent films will find some interesting titles fresh out this month. “Avengers 2, Age of Ultron” makes its debut on home-viewing media, so you can take Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson home with you, if you

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