Friday, September 4, 2015



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | August 12, 2015

    ‘Ricki and the Flash’: Good film but wrong era

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    Director Jonathan Demme, who gave us “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” is a well-known Rock music fan. He has made a couple of movies about Neil Young, so when he recruited a band of veterans to back Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash,”

  • Movies | August 11, 2015

    Allen fans may find his new movie disappointing

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    Woody Allen is back in movie theaters with his customary mix of jazz, romantic settings, posturing, characters who all talk alike, big stars trying to prove themselves, and quick cutting. The writer and director’s new movie is called “Irrational Man.” It stars Joaquin Phoenix,

  • Movies | August 10, 2015

    ‘Shaun the Sheep’ well done, but not for everybody

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    Aardman Animation, a company in the United Kingdom, uses tons of imagination in producing “Shaun the Sheep,” a television series now represented by a feature film. These are the guys who did the “Wallace and Gromit” movies, among other things. But as fast moving, comic,

  • Movies | August 07, 2015

    You won’t be bored by ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’

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    Just when we had begun to believe the summer movie season was an unrelieved slumber session, the littlest samurai came swooping in on a counter-balance rope from backstage at the Vienna opera house to give us renewed hope that we can still find entertainment in

  • Movies | August 03, 2015

    ‘Vacation’ not very funny, but at least it’s short

    The “National Lampoon’s Vacation” series of movies began with characters imagined by John Hughes. Hughes was a real talent who dominated the movie comedy world during the 1980s. His films include “Pretty in Pink,” “Home Alone,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Planes, Trains, and

  • Movies | July 28, 2015

    ‘Southpaw’ comes across as calculating, cynical, thin

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    Boxing movies are usually among the most emotionally manipulative of all films. Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw” would be the heavy-weight champ of melodramas, except for its casting. Jake Gyllenhaal is too little, it seems, even to be a light-heavy, though this is what the story

  • Movies | July 27, 2015

    ‘Paper Towns’ is straight ‘coming-of-age’ stuff

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    The new movie “Paper Towns,” based on a John Green novel, is straight “coming-of-age” stuff. Three teenaged boys crash a party, skip school, and take a road trip all in the last days of their high school careers. And at the end of the story,

  • Movies | July 22, 2015

    New movie ‘Trainwreck’ mostly takes care of business

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    Movies directed by Judd Apatow have sold a lot of tickets. “40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked-Up,” “Funny People,” and “This is 40” owe their popularity to talented casts, shambling dialog, some tasteless pandering, and the makers’ desire to go beyond the initial funny idea. Apatow’s latest creation, “

  • Movies | July 21, 2015

    ‘Minions’ enough of a diversion to keep most kids happy

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    After two successful runs as supporting characters, this summer the cylindrical yellow creatures from the “Despicable Me” franchise have hit the big screen on their own in Universal Studios’ “Minions.” Delving into the origins of Gru’s helpful and accident prone horde of assistants, “Minions”

  • Movies | July 07, 2015

    Not much to pick from on New Release shelves

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    July doesn’t look like much of a new DVD month. There are really only a few general release movies coming out on home viewing media, and they are not general crowd pleasers. So there’s “Maggie,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin escaping the


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