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  • Audience enjoys greater role in McCain presentation Christopher.conner1

    “The Intergalactic Nemesis” came to McCain Auditorium Monday. This third appearance in as many seasons brought the newly released book three of the series to the stage in Manhattan: “Twin Infinity.” A mix of graphic novel and radio play, “The .

  • Don’t go to ‘Insurgent’ without having seen ‘Divergent’ G.w.clift1

    Quite a few theater patrons enjoyed “Divergent,” the first movie in the series based on Veronica Roth’s books about the multi-talented girl of the future Tris. Those folks will, I suspect, enjoy what director Robert Schwentke, who earlier made “.

  • Film allows viewers to enjoy a little visit with some old actor friends G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • ‘Do You Believe?’ plays like a soap opera G.w.clift1

    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, .

  • ‘Gunman’ isn’t really bad, but its story isn’t well-told G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Who would have foreseen this change in action movies? G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Humorless, unhappy film does keep viewer’s interest G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Lots of variety on ‘New Videos’ shelves this month G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • ‘Unfinished Business’ not great, but not half bad G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • ‘The Theory of Everything’s’ story obscure G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Surprisingly amusing ‘Duff’ tries to entertain more than preach G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Everything works like it should in this ‘Rocky’-plot film G.w.clift1

    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 .


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