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  • Movies | October 29, 2014

    Animated ‘Book of Life’ found entertaining

    Christopher.conner1

    “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

  • Movies | October 24, 2014

    ‘Addicted’ is a lot like a made-for-TV movie

    G.w.clift1

    Remember made-for-TV movies? Maybe you recall the “movie of the week” or “after school specials.” The Hallmark Channel still seems to be making them. Disney had a recent success with its “High School Musical.” But I’m actually thinking back into the 1970s and 1980s,

  • Movies | October 23, 2014

    This ‘Fury’ isn’t about a horse

    G.w.clift1

    “Fury—the story of a horse and the boy who loves him.” Golly but we’ve changed since that show was a TV hit in the mid-1960s starring Peter Graves. Now, have we changed back? The new movie “Fury,” which isn’t about a

  • Movies | October 19, 2014

    ‘Left Behind’ overcomes most of its indy limitations

    G.w.clift1

    The latest installment of “Left Behind” is a decent thriller with substantial suspense and some decent acting. But consider, for a moment, all the topics associated with or raised by the movie, any one of which would take a couple of columns of newsprint to

  • Books |Movies | October 17, 2014

    One ‘Very Bad Day’ good for a chuckle

    Christopher.conner1

    Adapted from the children’s book of the same title by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows two days in the life of the Cooper family. The first day is a typical day for the Coopers and the

  • Movies | October 15, 2014

    ‘The Judge’ doesn’t render decision on some mysteries

    G.w.clift1

    Here’s an example of the sort of mistake I made while watching the new movie “The Judge.” The title character, played by Robert Duval, is being tried for murder in a small town Indiana court. Defending him is his middle son Hank (Robert Downey

  • Movies | October 15, 2014

    Review: ‘Dracula Untold’ action better fit for TV pilot

    Christopher.conner1

    Most moviegoers are familiar with the story of Vlad Dracul because of his name’s association with Bram Stoker’s book “Dracula” and more the 1992 movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” starring Gary Oldman as the original vampire. Twenty-two years after that take on the Dracula

  • Movies | October 02, 2014

    Denzel Washington stars in ‘The Equalizer’

    G.w.clift1

    Denzel Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua, who earlier collaborated on the movie “Training Day,” have reunited for a new feature film called “The Equalizer.” In it Washington plays a fairly quiet old guy who works at a “home improvement” store in a city we later

  • Movies | September 30, 2014

    Potential ‘Maze Runner’ viewers should heed warning

    G.w.clift1

    Before a movie fan goes into a theater to watch “The Maze Runner,” he really should be warned that it is intended as the beginning of another of these adolescent sci-fi competition stories, like the “Hunger Games” films. Actually the Hollywood boys have already started

  • Movies | September 24, 2014

    Good cast and editing can’t make up for awfulness of film’s characters, story

    G.w.clift1

    Moviegoers will be sympathetic with the makers of “This Is Where I Leave You.” They have wanted to make a good movie. They have recruited a good cast, led by Jason Bateman and including Jane Fonda and Tina Fey, each of whom have had respectable


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