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  • New film ‘The Choice’: Less movie, more profits G.w.clift1

    After seeing a late afternoon showing of “The Choice,” the latest Nicholas Sparks romance movie, I came home and flipped on the TV, a rather irresponsible habit. The show I hit was a broadcast of an earlier movie based on .

  • Now along comes the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ movie G.w.clift1

    Jane Austen apparently didn’t write enough. Since the growth of her reputation as a writer, publishers have supplemented her fans’ reading diets with novels featuring Austen as a character (“Parson Austen’s Daughter” by Helen Ashton, for example), movie .

  • ‘Hail, Caesar!’ will please most Coen brothers fans G.w.clift1

    There are all sorts of Coen brothers movies, including a couple of pretty weak ones. While most movie fans like Coen films, the guys who like “Fargo” obviously have different tastes from the ones who like “Raising Arizona,” those who .

  • It’s hard to know why ‘50 Shades of Black’ was made G.w.clift1

    Writer and actor Marlon Wayans, one of a sprawling family of Californians related somehow to “entertainment,” seems to have been the power behind the making of “50 Shades of Black.” So one attends this new movie with certain expectations. It will .

  • New Disney film sappy but also adventuresome G.w.clift1

    Sometimes the Disney operation may seem like a very friendly uncle who controls your inheritance. He’s hale, hearty, well-intended, and devoted to familiar formulas—clean living, family life, and interest in nature. It isn’t that you don’t .

  • Western fans can enjoy ‘Jane Got a Gun’ here G.w.clift1

    There’s a new Western showing at the local movie theater. There are all sorts of interesting features of the new feature film “Jane Got a Gun,” including its contemporary but confusing meandering from one time frame, one region, and .

  • Creepy ‘Boy’ commands the audience’s attention G.w.clift1

    The day before the dark and stormy weather begins, a young American woman is driven to a large, remote Victorian house by a black cab. Inside the house she discovers lots of oak paneling and wood carving as she looks .

  • ‘Dirty Grandpa’ isn’t very good ... or funny G.w.clift1

    There’s a scene about a third of the way into Dan Mazer’s new comedy “Dirty Grandpa” that demonstrates almost everything there is to know about the run-up-to-the-wedding movie. Zach Ephron is playing Jason Kelly, the groom-to-be. He has .

  • New ‘Ride Along’ sequel is worse than bad G.w.clift1

    The 2014 film “Ride Along” made my list of the worst movies of that year. It was an attempt to make a buddy comedy out of “Training Day,” with Ice Cube playing a less-corrupt version of Denzel Washington’s character and .

  • ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ may disappoint some G.w.clift1

    The “7 o’clock” Friday night showing of Michael Bay’s new movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” drew a large crowd. As it ran, most of them seemed to be immersed in the film’s effective and sometimes bloody .

  • ‘Big Short’ will cause viewers to shake their heads G.w.clift1

    Movie-goers can admire director Adam McKay (who usually does Will Farrell movies) for having taken the trouble to prove that film is a lousy medium for describing abstract concepts. Or they can damn him for having made the drowsy, ultimately .

  • As horror films go, ‘The Forest’ isn’t bad G.w.clift1

    Fifteen years ago we were given a terrific new horror film called “The Others,” staring Nichole Kidman as a woman living on one of Britain’s Channel Islands. Her children were essentially allergic to sunlight. I thought that movie was .


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