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  • Movies | June 09, 2014

    New Cruise action movie fun

    G.w.clift1

    “Edge of Tomorrow,” the new Tom Cruise action movie, is a lot of fun to watch. Its no classic, and it doesn’t even pretend to be trail-blazing. But it moves with efficiency for which director Doug Liman (who directed both “The Bourne Identity” and “

  • Movies | June 04, 2014

    ‘A Million ...’ entertaining, but heed this warning

    Seth MacFarland is a writer, director, and voice-over specialist known to us mostly as the man behind the movie “Ted” and the TV show “Family Guy.” He and his writing collaborators seem to have done some reading about the American West as they prepared the

  • Movies | May 30, 2014

    Latest X-Men installment might be the best

    Christopher.conner1

    A decade in the future, the last of the X-Men are on the run. A robot army, able to adapt to counter any attack, is hunting down “mutants.” Unable to defeat the Sentinels, Professor Charles Xavier has a plan: go back in time to prevent

  • Movies | May 27, 2014

    As a people movie, ‘Godzilla’ found lacking

    Christopher.conner1

    Godzilla is the unrivaled monarch of Kaiju film. Despite beginning her career as a brutal force of nature and retribution for mankind’s nuclear aspirations, Godzilla seems to end up being likable in a scaly, skyscraper-crushing sort of way. Even as it levels buildings and

  • Movies | May 26, 2014

    ‘Blended’ isn’t really bad, but it isn’t ‘Happy Gilmore’

    G.w.clift1

    “Blended” is probably a little better than par for the Adam Sandler movie course, though golf metaphors may remind readers of the comedian’s “Happy Gilmore,” a film which benefits from a few surreal passages and from Sandler’s all-in characterization. “Blended” isn’t really

  • Movies | May 25, 2014

    Summer blockbusters offer something for everyone

    Every summer Americans flock to the theaters for huge blockbusters, anticipated sequels and crowd-pleasing adaptations — not to mention the frigid blast of air conditioning. The 2014 summer season really kicked off with the release of “The Amazing Spiderman 2” and “Godzilla,” but several better reasons to head

  • Movies | May 19, 2014

    ‘Million Dollar Arm’ has some assets, but are they enough?

    The problem with Disney’s new film “Million Dollar Arm” is that it is so very shallow. Dive into this and you’ll skin your nose. And then the film’s story—even if it is, as it claims, based on actual events—is so

  • Movies | May 14, 2014

    ‘Neighbors’ draws good crowds, but for what?

    G.w.clift1

    The new film “Neighbors” sold out local showings on Friday and Saturday night immediately following its release. This reminded me of how little I understand what it is movie audiences want. On my way out to the twelve-plex to see the film, I had been

  • Movies | May 13, 2014

    New movie ‘Moms’ Night Out’ has some positives

    G.w.clift1

    The new movie comedy “Moms’ Night Out” has Sean Astin (best known as Sam in the Lord of the Rings movies), Patricia Heaton (of TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond”), Trace Atkins (a country music star), and Abbie Cobb (a young veteran who seems to have

  • Movies | May 11, 2014

    ‘Bears’ better than the average nature documentary

    Christopher.conner1

    After skipping a release in 2013, Disneynature returns to theatrical nature documentaries with “Bears.” Following a year in the life of a mother bear and her two cubs, “Bears” is narrated by John C. Reilly. The film begins in the den where a mother bear, dubbed


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