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  • Movies | August 07, 2015

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

  • Movies | July 06, 2015

    ‘Magic Mike’ sequel has even less story than original


    Three years ago the American movie-going public was treated to an entertainment called “Magic Mike.” What story there was in it considered the difficulties a male stripper (Channing Tatum or Tatum Channing) faced while trying to start a custom furniture business. Some of his problems

  • Movies | July 02, 2015

    The dogs are pretty good actors in familiar ‘Max’


    Susan Orlean has a new book out about Rin Tin Tin. She tells how an American soldier found a German shepherd puppy on a battlefield in 1918 and how the dog went on to Hollywood stardom. But even if we didn’t have her book to

  • Movies | June 30, 2015

    ‘Ted 2’ has little to offer the movie viewer


    There must be four different replacements for jokes in the new sentimental and old-fashioned “Ted 2.” One, the most common, is the introduction of words that can’t be printed in a family newspaper. The characters curse, frequently and usually without purpose, and the audience is

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