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  • Movies | August 11, 2014

    ‘Into the Storm’ has problems, but it’s better than ‘Twister’


    Appropriately titled disaster film “Into the Storm” was released on a busy weekend for late summer films. “Into the Storm” has some stiff competition for audiences’ attention. Writer John Swetnam, even competes against himself with credits on two new releases. The film begins with four

  • Books |Movies | August 10, 2014

    Now showing at a library near you: Books set to hit the big screen

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    In the coming weeks and months, several books that have been favorites at Manhattan Public Library have been made into films and will be coming to a theater near you! Some of these films are: “The Hundred Foot Journey” Release: Aug. 8   Staring Helen Mirren

  • Movies | August 08, 2014

    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ quirkiest of Marvel’s recent offerings


    The fourth Marvel Studios production of 2014, “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill. Quill is abducted by aliens the day of his mother’s death from cancer. Calling himself Star-Lord, Quill makes a living as a kind of space pirate, stealing and

  • Movies | August 06, 2014

    ‘Wish I Was Here’ doesn’t earn a recommendation


    The last two movies I’ve seen in theaters—”And So It Goes” and, now, “Wish I Was Here”—have been modest-scale films, nearly indy pictures. They have each been directed by former TV stars, Rob “All in the Family” Reiner and Zach “Scrubs” Braff.

  • Movies | August 05, 2014

    ‘Lucy’ not up to usual Luc Besson standards


    Scarlett Johansson stars in the title role of Luc Besson’s “Lucy.” The setup for the film begins as Lucy is first asked, then finally forced by Richard, her short-term boyfriend, to deliver a locked briefcase to a Mr. Jang. Richard is concerned that his

  • Movies | July 31, 2014

    Here’s a look at what’s new on the DVD shelves


    Though you might not be able to tell it by looking at a list of recent movies scheduled for release as DVDs this August, 2014 has been an interesting movie year. Movies which should have made a lot of money have disappointed their studios. None of

  • Movies | July 30, 2014

    If you can see only one Hercules movie, see this one


    “Hercules,” the second Hercules movie of the year, is based on the graphic novel “Hercules: the Tracian Wars” by Steve Moore and stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role. The mythical story of Hercules is one of atonement. This retelling of the tale is more

  • Movies | July 29, 2014

    ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ an improvement over ‘Planes’

    Just 11 months after releasing the first “Planes,” DisneyToon Studios dropped a sequel on this summer’s movie audiences. “Planes: Fire and Rescue” is set in the same racing obsessed, sentient vehicle inhabited world as Lightning McQueen from the highly successful “Cars” franchise. In “Planes,” cropduster

  • Movies | July 28, 2014

    Screenplay is most basic weakness of ‘So It Goes’


    “And So It Goes” is a modest little movie. It stars actors whose big box-office days are behind them, tells a familiar story intended to soothe older patrons, and doesn’t seem to have spent much money on sets, costumes, or screenplay writing.   I

  • Movies | July 24, 2014

    ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ lacks stars, humor, spectacle

    “The Purge,” junior, is not a horror movie. “Anarchy,” writer and director James DeMonaco’s title for the second movie in the series, is an action movie with a political side. This is unfortunate. Horror movies allow opportunities for imagination to overcome deficits in production

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