Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lifestyle - Movies

  • 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

  • Movies | March 10, 2015

    Lots of variety on ‘New Videos’ shelves this month


    We used to think that late winter and early spring were the months when movie studios would dump their least satisfactory products on the market. But this year we’ve seen some solid entertainments appear out at the 12-plex and few real cinematic dogs. We

  • Movies | March 09, 2015

    ‘Unfinished Business’ not great, but not half bad


    The new comedy film playing out at the 12-plex is “Unfinished Business.” It stars the declining Vince Vaughn. But it isn’t quite like what one thinks of when one thinks of the usual Vince Vaughn movie. Remember his last feature, “Delivery Man”? Or “The

  • Movies | March 05, 2015

    ‘The Theory of Everything’s’ story obscure


    In one late scene, “The Theory of Everything” tells us that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking subscribed to Penthouse magazine. That publication was famous, early in its history, for featuring soft-focus photos of unclothed women. The story was that publisher Bob Guccione liked to smear a

  • Movies | March 04, 2015

    Surprisingly amusing ‘Duff’ tries to entertain more than preach


    If movie-makers want to refresh an old film category, they may try to bring it up to date. This is what has happened with the new high school date flic “The Duff”—the writers have added relatively new topics to the material for the standard

  • Movies | March 03, 2015

    Everything works like it should in this ‘Rocky’-plot film


    There can’t be any secret that Disney’s “McFarland, USA” is another movie using the basic plot familiar to us from the movie “Rocky.” Excuse me. From the movies “Rocky.” And from its half dozen annual followers concerning different sports and contests. Some near-derelict

  • Movies | February 27, 2015

    Just smile along with ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’


    Do you remember a 2010 movie called “Hot Tub Time Machine”? If not, you may want to rent a copy of it before you go see its sequel, the recently-released “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.” And even then, some of the new film’s talky explanations may

  • Movies | February 26, 2015

    ‘SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ not for everyone


    A decade has passed since the improbable cartoon hero SpongeBob Squarepants skipped across the big screen. The lovably clueless character from his own long-running series on Nickleodeon has faced any number of threats and complications armed only with a Pollyanna attitude and a collection of

  • Movies | February 24, 2015

    Complicated entertainment gets admirable Ebony production


    Director Hannah Miller told the Friday night audience in K-State’s Purple Masque Theater that this would be the last Ebony Theater production in that space. Now the good news is that this means folks at the school of performing arts expect to be in

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.