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  • Movies | February 05, 2014

    ‘Labor Day’ is a Valentine’s Day offering, with a few trimmings

    Movie fans know Joyce Maynard through the film version of her novel “To Die For,” though one suspects Buck Henry’s screenplay influences our estimation of the story. Maynard has also been in the news because of her decision to sell letters written to her

  • Movies | February 04, 2014

    For contemporary war action, here’s a movie for you

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    Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg and his brother Donnie have had long and varied careers as American entertainers. The older Donnie is still active as an actor (recently in “Saw” series movies and in television) and as a television producer. But he first became famous as

  • Movies | February 03, 2014

    ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ part history, part horror movie

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    The feel-bad movie of 2013 has arrived in Manhattan, re-issued now that it has been nominated for a number of awards, including eight Oscars. The movie is “Twelve Years a Slave,” made by the British director Steve McQueen and starring the British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. The

  • Movies | January 31, 2014

    ‘I, Frankenstein’ will pass the time, if you don’t think too much

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    Remember the 1950s crime novel “I, the Jury”? Mickey Spillane had more publicity muscle shots taken than has Vladimir Putin during the time his Mike Hammer was the hero of relatively unsophisticated American readers. Now we get a movie called “I, Frankenstein,” based on a “

  • Movies | January 30, 2014

    New animated feature ‘Nut Job’ for kids only

    From five feet deep in a month known as the place to bury bad movies comes the animated feature “The Nut Job.” Will Arnett provides the voice for Surly, a selfish squirrel outcast who prefers to work only with his sidekick Buddy rather than cooperate

  • Movies | January 29, 2014

    Haphazard ‘Ride Along’ suffers from forgettable story

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    Apparently Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 movie “Training Day” is some sort of historic touchstone for movie-makers. I have seen it referred to a couple of times recently in films. And now there’s a comedy version of the story out, and it is called “Ride Along.”

  • Movies | January 28, 2014

    Latest ‘Devil’s Due’ not brief enough to keep it from being trite

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    The newest horror movie in town is “Devil’s Due.” You may remember the title. There have been several other movies called “Devil’s Due,” one as recently as 2011, and even an episode of a “Star Trek” series bore this name. And moviegoers may recognize

  • Movies | January 24, 2014

    ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ provides enjoyable action

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    Every once in a while Kenneth Branaugh pops up. This week he has again come to our attention, this time as director of and villain in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” a prequel to “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Sum of All Fears,” other

  • Movies | January 24, 2014

    ‘August, Orange County’ turns out decent screenplay

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    Tracy Letts, author of the recent stage play August, Orange County, has turned out a decent screenplay version of the story. Then John Wells, previously known primarily as a producer of t.v. series, has directed a good cast in an interesting version of that

  • Movies | January 15, 2014

    New film ‘Her’ entertains better than anticipated

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    Joaquin Phoenix is Theodore Twombly in director and writer Spike Jonze’s film “Her.” Theodore is a middle-aged writer, going through a divorce that is dragging on because he can’t bring himself to sign the paperwork. The film begins as Theodore is dictating a


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