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  • Movies | February 16, 2015

    ‘Project Almanac’ is a teen movie, plain and simple


    If anyone ever wanted to know what happens when MTV tackles a classic sci fi theme like time travel, the answer is “Project Almanac.” Of course, the result is something H. G. Wells would barely recognize, the question remains: what would you do with a

  • Movies | February 13, 2015

    ‘Imitation Game’ remains engaging, beginning to end


    Benedict Cumberbatch portrays British scientist Alan Turing in the film “The Imitation Game.” Focusing on his highly classified efforts to counter the German Enigma machine during World War II, the film begins with Cumberbatch asking, “Are you paying attention?” In 1951 the Secret Intelligence Service learns

  • Movies | February 12, 2015

    Poor sound makes it hard to comprehend ‘Foxcatcher’


    Bennett Miller’s new film “Foxcatcher” is a quiet thing. The acting is, of course, the most-mentioned feature of the movie. It has five Oscar nominations, including two in acting categories. And the movie is certainly sobering in the way Hollywood professionals like their awards

  • Movies | February 10, 2015

    ‘Bustown’ comes to Chapman Theater at K-State


    It’s a post-apocalyptic world on the stage of Chapman Theater in Nichols Hall through Feb. 15. Deb Brunner’s set—all old tires and stacked up Ford body sections, bench seats and a fire pit—recall the world of “The Road Warrior” while connecting with

  • Movies | February 08, 2015

    ‘St. Vincent’ is the best of the new-videos bunch


    It seems that we are going to finally have a turn at seeing the movie the government of North Korea didn’t want anybody to see. “The Interview” comes out on DVD this month. Nor is it the only attraction that will grace the New

  • Movies | February 04, 2015

    Animated film less than magical, but some may like it


    The first fully animated feature to come to Manhattan in 2015 is Lucasfilm’s “Strange Magic.” Two kingdoms, one of magic, one of mystery, have been separated for ages. The magic kingdom is ruled by butterfly fairies, the mysterious bog is ruled by the Bog King.

  • Movies | February 03, 2015

    ‘The Loft’ proves to be an amusing cinematic thriller


    For people my age there is substantial irony in the recent commercial success of European thrillers and action movies. When I was young, continental directors were too sophisticated to make anything so low as shoot-’em-ups. Hitchcock had to come to America to make the

  • Movies | January 29, 2015

    ‘The Boy Next Door’ cheap looking, implausible


    In the movie “The Boy Next Door,” Jennifer Lopez (remember her?) stars as a teacher of Classics at a public high school. When you get over all that is unlikely in that statement, we’ll go on to other implausibilities associated with this new Rob

  • Movies | January 28, 2015

    Paddington Bear finally brought to big screen


    It took seven years to bring Paddington Bear, the marmalade loving children’s book character from darkest Peru, to the big screen. “Paddington” stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown. The risk-averse Henry Brown and the compassionate Mary are on opposite

  • Movies | January 27, 2015

    ‘Mortdecai’ good-natured but only occasionally funny


    Johnny Depp is back on the big screen in his sort of shambling comic film, “Mortdecai,” directed by David Koepp, who gave us the undervalued “Stir of Echoes” and “Ghost Town.” As is the case in those very entertaining movies, Koepp relies heavily on an

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