Monday, April 27, 2015



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | May 05, 2014

    ‘Other Woman’ survives despite uninspired writing, direction

    G.w.clift1

    The new Cameron Diaz movie “The Other Woman” may seem a little half-hearted. Director Nick Cassavettes, son of the great improviser John Cassavettes, earlier made “The Notebook,” a wet Kleenex job‹, and he has worked with Diaz before (on “Her Sister’s Keeper”), but he

  • Movies | May 04, 2014

    ‘May the Fourth’ brings excitement for new film

    A new hope.jpeg.phatch

    Halloween is an important holiday. New Year’s Day is a big one, too. And of course, Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, humanity’s lord and savior to many people… well, that’s up there, too. But today is another sacred time

  • Movies | May 02, 2014

    For a horror movie, ‘The Quiet Ones’ is less than scary

    G.w.clift1

    Ghost stories, they say, are always about history. A lot of the movie business is comforted and prompted by its own back pages. So guess what happens when a historic movie brand makes horror movies. In the case of the new horror film “The Quiet

  • Movies | April 25, 2014

    ‘Transcendence’ not engaging enough to hold one’s attention

    Christopher.conner1

    What happens when the development of Artificial Intelligence is given a jump start by uploading a conscious mind? That’s the question explored in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, “Transcendence.” Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is a top Artificial Intelligence researcher who has reluctantly agreed

  • Movies | April 24, 2014

    ‘Haunted House 2’ short, but not nearly short enough

    G.w.clift1

    I laughed once while I was watching co-writer and star Marlon Wayans’s new parody movie “A Haunted House 2.” I’m not sure I got so much as a chuckle out of the first movie in this new sequence—the better financed if only a

  • Movies | April 22, 2014

    ‘The Raid 2’ proves imaginative

    G.w.clift1

    The sequel to that curious cinematic success “The Raid” was going to be big, no matter what. The original movie, often referred to by its title’s odd second half—”Redemption”—came out of the third world to become the first Indonesian movie I can

  • Movies | April 21, 2014

    ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ leaves viewer enthralled

    Christopher.conner1

    Marvel Comics continues their quest to translate their comic book universe to the big screen. The most recent installment of their efforts is “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” At the start of this film, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) demonstrates his superior physical characteristics by lapping

  • Movies | April 16, 2014

    ‘Rio 2’ beautifully animated, but the story is dull

    Christopher.conner1

    Blue Sky Studios is best known for its Ice Age franchise. This year the 20th Century Fox-owned animators are trying their first sequel without a mammoth in the lead. The captive-raised spix macaw, Blu, returns from his starring role in 2011’s “Rio.” Blu (voiced by

  • Movies | April 15, 2014

    Film-makers get amusing couple of hours out of NFL draft

    G.w.clift1

    There’s a new Kevin Costner sports movie out. “Draft Day” will please fans of his earlier films about baseball — “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams,” and “For Love of the Game”—and other sports — “Tin Cup” and “American Fliers.” But there isn’t much playing

  • Movies | April 14, 2014

    Bateman film ‘Bad Words’ proves fairly amusing

    G.w.clift1

    TV’s “Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman proved several things when he directed and starred in the new and amusing feature film “Bad Words.” One is that insult comedy can still amuse. In “Bad Words,” Bateman’s character depends on his ability to creatively—and


Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | The Manhattan Mercury, 318 North 5th Street, Manhattan, Kansas, 66502 | Copyright 2012

Reproduction of any kind is prohibited without written consent.