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  • Action sequences keep ‘The Scorch Trials’ entertaining G.w.clift1

    One of the better recent movie series based on books for adolescents is the “Maze Runner.” The new “Maze Runner” movie, the second in the run, is titled “The Scorch Trials,” and it is playing locally. It isn’t necessary .

  • ‘Grandma’ a wandering tale of generational relationships

    It was something of a surprise that “Grandma,” a new film starring Lily Tomlin, recently appeared in the line-up out at the local twelve-plex. The Carmike chain sometimes sends us movies intended for evangelical Christians who are among the Americans .

  • ‘Perfect Guy’ would have benefited from Stanley’s sound effects G.w.clift1

    When I was about fourteen, my friends used to meet at the local movie house for Saturday matinees. One cut-up buddy of mine occasionally got us into trouble by acting up in the theater—playing “Red River Valley” on his .

  • ‘Visit’ features better than stock horror movie cast G.w.clift1

    Someday, if it hasn’t already happened, somebody is going to go back over M. Night Shyamalan’s movies and work out how the references to psychic or supernatural worlds fit together in a scheme. In his new film, “The .

  • Dialog interrupts action in ‘Transporter: Refueled’ G.w.clift1

    There’s a new French movie in town. Regular movie-goers know this can only mean one thing: Luc Besson’s crowd has hired an English or American star to drive and brawl along the streets of Europe. In this case, .

  • There are some movies worth watching on new DVDs G.w.clift1

    There have been some movie fans waiting for the DVD releases of some new movies that will be out this month. Cate Blanchett fans, for example, want to own a copy of her Kenneth Branaugh-directed performance in Disney’s recent .

  • ‘War Room’ entertains an elderly audience G.w.clift1

    It isn’t often that I find myself in the young half of a movie audience. Movie-going is usually a young person’s pastime, and movies are usually made for the young. But the average audience member for the matinee .

  • Intention of ‘We Are Your Friends’ remains murky G.w.clift1

    The new movie “We Are Your Friends” is sufficiently murky that viewers may wonder if it was intended as a criticism of Gen Y or as an apology for their inability to find anything useful to do. It is telling .

  • ‘No Escape’ has lots of positives ... and problems G.w.clift1

    The new movie thriller “No Escape” gives viewers some likable characters and then endangers those characters for two hours. The movie can be active and it is loaded with suspense. So why won’t you like it? Some moviegoers will, .

  • ‘American Ultra’ generally amusing, but will it sell? G.w.clift1

    “American Ultra,” with its solid cast and sharp editing, was going to be amusing to watch. The question was, could it be a hit? The concept, which was not altogether new, was still going to be tricky to sell. The .

  • It’s a quiet month for new DVD releases G.w.clift1

    It turns out that this month is one of those oddly quiet ones in the DVD release business. Maybe the powers in Hollywood think we’re all too busy watching baseball to want to see movies, at least at home. .

  • ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is long but never dull G.w.clift1

    For a movie about an abiding legend and a movie that feels relatively genuine, F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton” seems to have been made of relatively few kinds of parts. The rappers and disc jockeys in NWA, the 80.


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