• ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is big entertainment G.w.clift1

    The new super-hero movie “Captain America: Civil War” is a big entertainment, 146 minutes long and with a large cast of characters. The action in it looks good and has pace. Eventually it gets around to being funny, too, in the .

  • New film ‘Keanu’ surprisingly amusing G.w.clift1

    Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele have absolutely lived on television the last few years. But not “NCIS,” “Big Bang Theory,” big-name broadcast TV. They’ve been on “Ithamar Has Nothing to Say” and “Drunk Theory,” and seventy other things like .

  • Little reason to see long, dull ‘Mother’s Day’ G.w.clift1

    Garry Marshall is in a movie rut. The creator of the “Happy Days” television series and of lots of predictable romance movies, beginning with “Pretty Woman,” has recently begun making one movie each about national holidays. So we’ve had .

  • Ratchet and Clank movie under-conceived but harmless G.w.clift1

    Sony makes the Playstation game system. The different generations of Ratchet and Clank video games have run on Playstations since the first game was introduced in 2002. During much of that time Sony has been talking about making a movie based .

  • Little memorable about the latest ‘Barbershop’ G.w.clift1

    Twelve years was enough time for most of us to forget the first two “Barbershop” movies. It’s been even longer, this writer is told, since a public feud broke out between the third “Barbershop’s” two stars. Ice Cube, .

  • Kipling would have approved of new ‘Jungle Book’ G.w.clift1

    Rudyard Kipling has made a lot of money for the folks at Disney. They made an animated movie of his “The Jungle Book” in 1967. And now they have a superior-looking version of the same story out in theaters. The movie .

  • ‘The Boss’ is a 20teens comedy with a difference G.w.clift1

    “The Boss” is the name of the new Melissa McCarthy film comedy. And though it features a couple of television stars and was produced by Will Ferrell and his frequent collaborator Adam McKay, its pleasures are relatively subtle. Oh, it .

  • Film ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ is ‘wildly melodramatic’ G.w.clift1

    The wildest recent event of school censorship is surely the Kipnis case. A female professor at Northwestern wrote an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education about a complaint filed by a student against a faculty member. “What a mess. .

  • ‘I Saw the Light’ is a good movie in many ways G.w.clift1

    Let’s go out on a limb: There won’t be a better job of acting in a general release movie in 2016 than the one Londoner Tom Hiddleston does playing Hank Williams in the new film “I Saw the Light.” .

  • ‘Buyer beware’ of new video releases this month G.w.clift1

    In video stores, this is the month when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” first appears on DVD. After you see that, you might want to go back and review all six of the earlier Star Wars movies. Because as much .

  • New film ‘Batman vs. Superman’ is a set-up piece G.w.clift1

    The latest superheroes movie is called “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” That “Justice” seems to refer to DC Comics’ Justice League of America, the series in which the Flash, Green Lantern, and others cooperate to fight crime. So think .

  • ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’ a successful sequel G.w.clift1

    One of the stars of the new film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” is Lainie Kazan. My memory may be faulty, but I think the first time I saw her, she was singing on the “Ed Sullivan Show.” That show .


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