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  • Movies | April 16, 2015

    ‘Longest Ride’ may disappoint author’s biggest fans


    Watching movies based on Nicholas Sparks’s romance novels will make moviegoers into cynics. And it may be that the latest in this string of chick flicks, “The Longest Ride,” will produce the most silent resistance to this kind of film. The Nebraskan and author

  • Movies | April 15, 2015

    Flat ‘Woman in Gold’ may have some significant purpose


    Simon Curtis, director of “My Week With Marilyn,” has given the story of his new film, “Woman in Gold,” just about the most vanilla treatment imaginable. It is a serviceable movie, rather than something new, and perhaps that’s what the story, based on autobiographical

  • Movies | April 07, 2015

    ‘Furious Seven’: Good thing there’s no law against noisy fun


    The seventh movie in the loosely-organized series beginning with “The Fast and the Furious” is now in our local twelve-plex. “Furious Seven” isn’t new or imaginative and it doesn’t mean anything or, frankly, make any sense. But there’s no law against noisy

  • Movies | April 03, 2015

    Audience enjoys greater role in McCain presentation


    “The Intergalactic Nemesis” came to McCain Auditorium Monday. This third appearance in as many seasons brought the newly released book three of the series to the stage in Manhattan: “Twin Infinity.” A mix of graphic novel and radio play, “The Intergalactic Nemesis” uses three voice

  • Movies | March 31, 2015

    Don’t go to ‘Insurgent’ without having seen ‘Divergent’


    Quite a few theater patrons enjoyed “Divergent,” the first movie in the series based on Veronica Roth’s books about the multi-talented girl of the future Tris. Those folks will, I suspect, enjoy what director Robert Schwentke, who earlier made “RED,” has done with the

  • Movies | March 26, 2015

    Film allows viewers to enjoy a little visit with some old actor friends


    In London’s West End, they’re doing a live stage version of “Shakespeare in Love.” Given that and the surprisingly engaging sequel to “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” that is currently playing here, director John Madden must be feeling his oats. Certainly most of the

  • Movies | March 24, 2015

    ‘Do You Believe?’ plays like a soap opera


    After the aesthetic and commercial success of last year’s “Heaven Is For Real” and 2013’s modestly-interesting comedy “Mom’s Night Out,” some movie-goers had reasons to hope. If these relatively explicitly Christian movies could be this well-made and entertaining, perhaps future Easter season films

  • Movies | March 23, 2015

    ‘Gunman’ isn’t really bad, but its story isn’t well-told


    At least there’s never any point of view problem with the new action movie “The Gunman.” Sean Penn is in nearly every scene. The now craggy but fit Penn is still a critics’ favorite, despite the indifference of large popular audiences and the savaging

  • Movies | March 17, 2015

    Who would have foreseen this change in action movies?


    Did anyone foresee this odd turn in action movie casting? Action heroes used to be played by physical specimens like Stallone, Schwarzenegger—even the hulking ex-football star John Wayne. They used to have super-human skills like Jackie Chan or unwavering intensity like Eastwood and McQueen.

  • Movies | March 16, 2015

    Humorless, unhappy film does keep viewer’s interest


    It may be a good thing that the local 12-plex is only showing “Still Alice” before 7 o’clock at night. Show it any later and the movie will give adult members of the audience nightmares. The film, based on a novel by Lisa Genova, is

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