• Groceries cavort in new film ‘Sausage Party’

    Sometimes comedy gains by surprise. The frequency with which recent movie comedies depend on coarse language means the audience can’t be much surprised by it. Which partly explains why regular moviegoers don’t laugh much during any Seth Rogan .

  • ‘Nerve’ starts out fine, but disappoints

    Some stories go along for much of their length without being very interesting. Then late, when their central problem is clear, we get a little rush knowing events are speeding up and the conclusion is at hand. The new suspense .

  • There’s some fun to be had in movie ‘Bad Moms’

    This summer, more than ever before, movie comedies have insisted on their timeliness by including a lot of expletives and references to sex acts and biological elimination in their dialog. The characters talk about bus routes, say, all the while .

  • ‘Jason Bourne’ shows the way to do action pictures

    Movie director Paul Greengrass has a sterling reputation. He knows how to put action onto the screen. Otherwise his movies are surprisingly small-scale. Take his new one, “Jason Bourne,” for example. In a furious fight late in the film, Bourne (.

  • Components of latest ‘Ice Age’ movie don’t quite make sense G.w.clift1

    Sometimes the instructions for assembly of an exercise machine or gas grill seem to have been translated by someone who only replaced the Korean or Chinese or Japanese words with English words. I find myself holding up the booklets and .

  • ‘Lights Out’ offers horror-film crowd a couple of jolts G.w.clift1

    As viewers of thousands of hours of horror film footage will attest, there are only two things a scary movie might do that would kill the fun in it. It could explain too much. And it could show the nature .

  • ‘Star Trek Beyond’ has more charms than weaknesses G.w.clift1

    The new Star Trek movie is called “Beyond.” It is about an incident that occurs three years into a mission undertaken by the crew of the Federation ship Enterprise. All the familiar characters are on board—Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (.

  • New ‘Ghostbusters’ just can’t match the original G.w.clift1

    During my childhood the great Broadway musical “Hello Dolly” ran for a long time. Carol Channing, who originated the title part, tired and was replaced with a series of famous actresses, including Ethel Merman, the singer for whom the show .

  • Solid acting among ‘The Infiltrator’s’ assets G.w.clift1

    Apparently the people who supply money to movie-makers are not yet ready to let Brian Cranston play a completely new character. His break-out part was in the TV series “Breaking Bad” where he played a misfit in the illegal drug .

  • ‘Mike and Dave’ has little — but enough — going for it G.w.clift1

    The crowd in the showing of “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” was laughing considerably more than they would have been if they had just decided to have a good time no matter what the movie gave them. So probably .

  • ‘Secret Life of Pets’ severely limited in appeal G.w.clift1

    About a month ago we were discussing the limits of Pixar’s animated film “Finding Dory” as an entertainment for adults. And less than a year ago we were discussing the effective story-telling in Aardman’s almost wordless “Shaun the .

  • Some good movies are coming to home-viewing media G.w.clift1

    From the point of view of theater owners, the prospect must be daunting. The studios depend more and more on revenue other than their share of ticket-revenue for first-run movies. Which means, among other things, that general-release films are available .


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