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  • Movies | November 24, 2014

    New film ‘Beyond the Lights’ at least looks good


    Tami Reiker managed to photograph “Beyond the Lights” so as to make it look like a serious movie. That’s high praise. Minnie Driver manages to behave like a serious actress. How, given the story the movie tells, I have no idea. Actually there isn’

  • Movies | November 21, 2014

    ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ an oddly quiet gross-out movie


    I got a laugh out of the Farrelly brothers’ new movie “Dumb and Dumber To.” Notice that it isn’t “Too” or “Two.” You see, the idea is that the whole thing is going to be so stupid we will find it humorous. But that

  • Movies | November 13, 2014

    There are new videos out, if you have the time


    Ah, this is the time of year. Football and basketball are both going. Plays and concerts seem to be offered us almost every evening. The crops are in. And the election ads are no longer running. All our leisure time seems already reserved. So why

  • Movies | November 11, 2014

    ‘Big Hero 6’ proves an endearing and fun film


    In a somewhat odd corner of the late ’90s Marvel Universe is a little comic book named “Sunfire & Big Hero 6.” That mini-series provides the kernel of inspiration for Walt Disney Animations 2014 release “Big Hero 6.” Originally set in Japan, then reset in the US, this

  • Movies | November 07, 2014

    ‘Nightcrawler’ may be more provoking than entertaining


    The new movie “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy, provokes enough questions that one has to wonder if it is more entertaining than it is provoking. It begins with what should be the protagonist of the year, the dweeb anti-hero. Louis Bloom (dark-eyed Jake

  • Movies | November 05, 2014

    Film too complicated to let viewer enjoy Kidman


    When you expect a Nicole Kidman movie to be terrific, it often disappoints. When you have no expectations about it, the movie usually is impressive and memorable. One didn’t expect much of “Dead Calm,” “To Die For,” “Moulin Rouge,” or “The Others,” for example.

  • Movies | November 04, 2014

    Horror film ‘Ouija’ offers a story than makes sense


    Journeyman actress Lin Shaye may have been in more movies than anyone since the end of the studio system. Including TV movies, she’s credited with 135 already. Maybe she’s best known as the particularly stomach-turning older woman in “Kingpin.” Probably contemporary movie-goers know her

  • Movies | October 31, 2014

    ‘Killer details’ save familiar ‘St. Vincent’ story


    The Hibachi Hut has moved downtown. There’s a taco shop in the Aggieville building where Bill Murray used to sit at its bar. This fact won’t bother twenty-somethings, but to old guys like me, it seems a little melancholy. That sort of sentiment

  • Movies | October 30, 2014

    It’s hard to know how to take ‘The Best of Me’


    Let’s make a brief inventory of some of the dramatic happenings in the new Nicholas Sparks movie “The Best of Me.” Three murders and a manslaughter. A divorce. Two guys blown off ships at sea. Seven wasted lives. One child death. One heart transplant.

  • Movies | October 29, 2014

    Animated ‘Book of Life’ found entertaining

    “The Book of Life” begins with a group of detention students arriving at the museum. Apparently on an unsupervised field trip, the guide’s joy at delivering the final tour of the day turns to despair when he sees the students arrive. The intimidated tour

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