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  • Movies | March 26, 2015

    Film allows viewers to enjoy a little visit with some old actor friends


    In London’s West End, they’re doing a live stage version of “Shakespeare in Love.” Given that and the surprisingly engaging sequel to “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” that is currently playing here, director John Madden must be feeling his oats. Certainly most of the

  • Movies | March 24, 2015

    ‘Do You Believe?’ plays like a soap opera


    After the aesthetic and commercial success of last year’s “Heaven Is For Real” and 2013’s modestly-interesting comedy “Mom’s Night Out,” some movie-goers had reasons to hope. If these relatively explicitly Christian movies could be this well-made and entertaining, perhaps future Easter season films

  • Movies | March 23, 2015

    ‘Gunman’ isn’t really bad, but its story isn’t well-told


    At least there’s never any point of view problem with the new action movie “The Gunman.” Sean Penn is in nearly every scene. The now craggy but fit Penn is still a critics’ favorite, despite the indifference of large popular audiences and the savaging

  • 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

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