Thursday, February 11, 2016



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | January 13, 2016

    As horror films go, ‘The Forest’ isn’t bad

    G.w.clift1

    Fifteen years ago we were given a terrific new horror film called “The Others,” staring Nichole Kidman as a woman living on one of Britain’s Channel Islands. Her children were essentially allergic to sunlight. I thought that movie was the best film of 2001, and

  • Movies | January 12, 2016

    New ‘Star Wars’ film solidly in the ‘good’ range

    Christopher.conner1

    Disney’s first feature-length contribution to the roller coaster that is the “Star Wars” franchise hit theaters before Christmas 2015. The question of how a Star Wars severed from the creative input of the franchise’s creator, George Lucas, would stand up against the original, or

  • Movies | January 08, 2016

    Editing would have made ‘Hateful Eight’ more successful

    Bob Howard, long-time manager of the movie theaters in Manhattan and Junction City, retired at the end of 2015. I remember a lot of incidents that occurred during his time on the job, including a break-in at Seth Childs Cinema, dollar movie nights with their huge

  • Movies | January 06, 2016

    Worst films of 2015 all had problems with their story

    G.w.clift1

    Every year at about this time I write about the worst general release movies I saw in the previous year. The 2015 duds, I was surprised to realize, all tend to have one of a couple of major story-telling weaknesses. Either they don’t resolve their

  • Movies | January 05, 2016

    Lots of new films on the shelves this cold month

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    It may be cold out this month. So the movie studios are releasing a larger than usual number of recent General Release movies on home viewing media. Movie fans can expect to see films including “Sicario,” “The Martian,” “Hotel Transylvania 2,” “Jem and the Holograms,” and “

  • Movies | January 04, 2016

    ‘Daddy’s Home’ good-natured but less than memorable

    G.w.clift1

    It may be that the only requirement for a Hollywood film comedy these days is that it be good-natured. The ticket-buyers “require” good-nature, and so smart film-makers generally comply. “Daddy’s Home,” the new Will Farrell movie, is at least good-natured. Most of its jokes

  • Movies | December 30, 2015

    ‘Point Break’ has lots to look at ... and a message

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    This cinematic year action movies have led the way in discussing important issues. Consider the re-make of the 1991 movie “Point Break.” The new film is a hoot. It is wildly visual, one of the most strikingly pictorial movies we’ve seen in quite a while.

  • Movies | December 28, 2015

    ‘Joy’ falls short in communicating more than its basic story

    G.w.clift1

    Director David O. Russell has had success working with actors Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. This team gave us “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle,” two generally amusing recent movies. Now they have collaborated on “Joy.” The film tells the story of an American woman,

  • Movies | December 21, 2015

    Well, ‘Sisters’ IS less silly than an Adam Sandler movie

    G.w.clift1

    A little way into the house party recalled in the new movie “Sisters,” a real estate agent played by Maya Rudolph is hosting a wine and “Game of Thrones” session for herself and two other middle-aged women. The three of them have, pointedly, not been

  • Movies | December 18, 2015

    ‘Suffragette’ is really just a bad history lesson

    G.w.clift1

    History is important. Young people will enjoy it and learn it if it is taught to them by sympathetic adults who are well-read and full of enthusiasm for the subject. When we start trying to teach history with movies, there’s almost always trouble. Movie-makers


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