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  • Movies | May 25, 2014

    Summer blockbusters offer something for everyone

    Every summer Americans flock to the theaters for huge blockbusters, anticipated sequels and crowd-pleasing adaptations — not to mention the frigid blast of air conditioning. The 2014 summer season really kicked off with the release of “The Amazing Spiderman 2” and “Godzilla,” but several better reasons to head

  • Movies | May 19, 2014

    ‘Million Dollar Arm’ has some assets, but are they enough?

    The problem with Disney’s new film “Million Dollar Arm” is that it is so very shallow. Dive into this and you’ll skin your nose. And then the film’s story—even if it is, as it claims, based on actual events—is so

  • Movies | May 14, 2014

    ‘Neighbors’ draws good crowds, but for what?

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    The new film “Neighbors” sold out local showings on Friday and Saturday night immediately following its release. This reminded me of how little I understand what it is movie audiences want. On my way out to the twelve-plex to see the film, I had been

  • Movies | May 13, 2014

    New movie ‘Moms’ Night Out’ has some positives

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    The new movie comedy “Moms’ Night Out” has Sean Astin (best known as Sam in the Lord of the Rings movies), Patricia Heaton (of TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond”), Trace Atkins (a country music star), and Abbie Cobb (a young veteran who seems to have

  • Movies | May 11, 2014

    ‘Bears’ better than the average nature documentary

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    After skipping a release in 2013, Disneynature returns to theatrical nature documentaries with “Bears.” Following a year in the life of a mother bear and her two cubs, “Bears” is narrated by John C. Reilly. The film begins in the den where a mother bear, dubbed

  • Movies | May 09, 2014

    ‘Spider-Man 2’ less than the sum of its parts

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    Two years after Sony Pictures reset the Spider-Man movie franchise, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” comes to the screen on a slow weekend for the cinema. Perhaps none of the big movie houses wanted to compete with Marvel properties. That’s understandable given the run Stan Lee

  • Movies | May 06, 2014

    New DVDs feature titles of interest to teens

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    This month the new videos shelves will be heavy with copies of “Veronica Mars,” “Her,” and the remake of “Gambit.” But what’s surprising is how much the other new releases skew toward teen interest movies. There may not be anything new in the teen

  • Movies | May 05, 2014

    ‘Other Woman’ survives despite uninspired writing, direction

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    The new Cameron Diaz movie “The Other Woman” may seem a little half-hearted. Director Nick Cassavettes, son of the great improviser John Cassavettes, earlier made “The Notebook,” a wet Kleenex job‹, and he has worked with Diaz before (on “Her Sister’s Keeper”), but he

  • Movies | May 04, 2014

    ‘May the Fourth’ brings excitement for new film

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    Halloween is an important holiday. New Year’s Day is a big one, too. And of course, Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, humanity’s lord and savior to many people… well, that’s up there, too. But today is another sacred time

  • Movies | May 02, 2014

    For a horror movie, ‘The Quiet Ones’ is less than scary

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    Ghost stories, they say, are always about history. A lot of the movie business is comforted and prompted by its own back pages. So guess what happens when a historic movie brand makes horror movies. In the case of the new horror film “The Quiet


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