Wednesday, May 4, 2016



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | March 29, 2016

    ‘Miracles’ seems aimless except as a tear-jerker

    “Miracles From Heaven” is the latest of the new run of Hollywood’s offerings to audiences who shop at “Christian” bookstores. It stars Jennifer Garner and is, like 2014’s “Heaven is for Real,” based on a true story. In each case the story concerns what

  • Movies | March 28, 2016

    ‘Allegiant’ continues movie series from Roth’s books

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    Girls who have enjoyed Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” books may want to see the movie version of the third of them. “Allegiant” is out. It features the actors from the first two movies, “Divergent” and “Insurgent,” except for Kate Winslet. She played the evil dictator

  • Movies | March 14, 2016

    ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ proves amusing sci fi/suspense film

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    Dan Trachtenberg’s new sci fi/suspense movie “10 Cloverfield Lane” is amusing enough in its own right. Still, scary movie fans with a little memory will enjoy considering it as a sequel to a movie now eight years old. The new film stars Mary Elizabeth

  • Movies | March 10, 2016

    Movie feels unloved by cast and director

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    It is difficult to get very excited about the new movie “Whiskey Foxtrot Tango.” And it must have been difficult for the actors and director to get very excited about working on the film. The final product certainly feels as unloved as it feels purposeless.

  • Movies | March 08, 2016

    Plenty of new releases out for March ... and April

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    One of the best movies of last year, “Room,” makes its first appearance on home viewing media this month. Then there’s a lot of dreck coming out, too. March is often a good month for new DVD releases, just as April is often a

  • Movies | March 01, 2016

    It’s a long way to the finish line of ‘Race’

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    “Race” is a new feature film about Jessie (actually “J.C.”—an elementary school teacher mis-heard him) Owens, a quadruple Gold Medal winner. Owens, who was an African-American, won at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, apparently embarrassing racist Adolf Hitler. The movie, made by journeyman director

  • Movies | February 24, 2016

    New horror movie ‘The Witch’ is never scary

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    “The Witch” is a new horror movie written and directed by Robert Eggers. Up until now, Eggers has been a costume and movie “production designer.” This may explain some things. The action takes place in a Massachusetts colony that is still in the hands of

  • Movies | February 19, 2016

    15 years later, we have ‘Zoolander 2’

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    Want to feel old? Writer, director, and star Ben Stiller’s “Zoolander” came out 15 years ago. Now we have the sequel, variously referred to as “Zoolander 2” and “2lander.” His father Jerry doesn’t reprise his role in the new movie. Otherwise everybody from the first

  • Movies | February 16, 2016

    New film ‘The Choice’: Less movie, more profits

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    After seeing a late afternoon showing of “The Choice,” the latest Nicholas Sparks romance movie, I came home and flipped on the TV, a rather irresponsible habit. The show I hit was a broadcast of an earlier movie based on another of the Nebraskan’s

  • Movies | February 11, 2016

    Now along comes the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ movie

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    Jane Austen apparently didn’t write enough. Since the growth of her reputation as a writer, publishers have supplemented her fans’ reading diets with novels featuring Austen as a character (“Parson Austen’s Daughter” by Helen Ashton, for example), movie and television versions of her


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