• ‘Krampus,’ for some reason, isn’t ever a Christmas movie G.w.clift1

    Manhattan may have some unexpected trouble getting into the Christmas spirit. The weatherman is projecting highs in the 50s. The campus shows were either too early (“A Christmas Carol”) or too busy with other subjects (“WinterDance”). We just had the .

  • For Christmas, how about ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’? G.w.clift1

    Because folks are desperate to find holiday presents that will appeal to young people, December is sometimes a month when there are many new DVDs released. The DVDs we are interested in here are home viewing versions of recent general .

  • ‘Creed’ manages to be ‘Rocky’ again ... almost G.w.clift1

    Don’t forget how good the first “Rocky” movie was. Sequels have made us cringe at the thought that the 1976 movie was “good” and “important.” But it didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar by mistake. It is one of .

  • Fourth ‘Hunger Games’ movie on local screen G.w.clift1

    To look at the fourth “Hunger Games” movie, viewers would figure all the series members were filmed one right after another, without the pauses between the films’ release dates. The first film came out in 2012, and yet Jennifer Lawrence, Josh .

  • ‘The Night Before’ is frantic rather than comic G.w.clift1

    Writer and director Josh Levine has cast Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt together before, in the movie “50/50.” Now he’s put them together again and has brought in accomplished Anthony Mackie to play the third friend in the holiday comedy “.

  • ‘My All American’ follows a familiar formula G.w.clift1

    Let me suggest an alternate understanding of the life of Freddie Steinmark, Texas football safety and subject of the hagiographic “My All American.” The movie tells the story as if it were the comments of retired Texas coach Darrell Royal, .

  • Cast isn’t given enough to do in ‘Love, the Coopers’ G.w.clift1

    Remember “Love, Actually,” an English holiday-season movie (with a cast full of names) about a series of vaguely related romances? Well. It’s back. Sort of. In an American version. “Love, the Coopers” is a holiday-season movie (with a cast .

  • ‘Specter’ keeps up tradition of good Bond movies G.w.clift1

    Daniel Craig has been the James Bond most like a male model. In the new 007 movie “Specter,” directed once again by Sam Mendes, the British Secret Service’s agent may have let his sense of fashion go a little prissy. .

  • ‘Truth’ dredges up old Dan Rather episode G.w.clift1

    One way to understand the new “based-on-a-true-story” movie “Truth” is as a celebration of the great Dan Rather. The film begins and closes with the old CBS news reader as the center of group adulation. As the movie runs, Rather (.

  • ‘Goosebumps’ is a lot more fun than it is scary Christopher.conner1

    In the genre of young horror books, few authors have achieved the ubiquity of R.L. Stein with the “Goosebumps” series. From the popular novels and the multi-season TV series, “Goosebumps” uses supernatural terror and disarming humor to tell stories .

  • ‘Jem and the Holograms’ nice movie for pre-teen girls Christopher.conner

    Directed by John Chu, known for his work on the “Step Up” movies, “Jem and the Holograms” resurrects a mostly forgettable 80s cartoon series. The plot of “Jem and the Holograms” is nothing new. Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples) is an 18 .

  • ‘Our Brand’ isn’t as amusing as it should be G.w.clift1

    Folks headed into the theater to see the new movie “Our Brand is Crisis” need to know two things that they probably won’t have heard. One is that the title comes from an old complaint about newspapers and broadcast .


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