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  • Movies | April 15, 2014

    Film-makers get amusing couple of hours out of NFL draft

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    There’s a new Kevin Costner sports movie out. “Draft Day” will please fans of his earlier films about baseball — “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams,” and “For Love of the Game”—and other sports — “Tin Cup” and “American Fliers.” But there isn’t much playing

  • Movies | April 14, 2014

    Bateman film ‘Bad Words’ proves fairly amusing

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    TV’s “Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman proved several things when he directed and starred in the new and amusing feature film “Bad Words.” One is that insult comedy can still amuse. In “Bad Words,” Bateman’s character depends on his ability to creatively—and

  • Movies | April 11, 2014

    ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ another great Wes Anderson film

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    Film director Wes Anderson is a funny kind of national treasure. He makes movies even middle-aged people will like. They are quirky movies, movies rich in color and images, movies with plots that take wild detours, movies with lots of recognizable stars. Movies with complete

  • Movies | April 09, 2014

    Concept of ‘God’s Not Dead’ seems dated

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    American Baptist evangelist Billy Graham has been associated with the production of feature films for years. Sometimes showings have worked as remote revivals. Sometimes the films have featured skilled actors (Julie Harris in “The Hiding Place,” for example). The latest of the run is a

  • Movies | March 25, 2014

    Latest Muppet movie misses magic of the others

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    Without context the eighth feature film of the Muppets franchise might sound like a greatest hits album. “The Muppets Most Wanted” is in fact a sequel to 2011’s “The Muppets” and picks up right where that previous flick left off with the reunited muppets wondering

  • Movies | March 24, 2014

    New film ‘Divergent’ is worth a look

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    Based on the Veronica Roth book of the same name, “Divergent” is set in Chicago a hundred years after the end of a catastrophic war that left the survivors believing the rest of humanity was destroyed. Living life beneath and between rusting ruins of skyscrapers

  • Movies | March 19, 2014

    ‘Moms’ Club’ predictable, routine, but easy to like

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    I don’t know about you, but when I go through the supermarket check-out line, I see magazine covers featuring celebrities I’ve never heard of. But as a moviegoer, I know the name Tyler Perry. Lots of people do. Heck, I know a guy

  • Movies | March 18, 2014

    ‘Mr. Peabody and Sherman’ put together well

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    Though the original run of “The Bullwinkle Show” ended almost fifty years ago, decades of rebroadcasts and syndication have ensured that successive generations have experienced the quirky characters and self-referential humor of the series. One of the stranger segments, “Mr. Peabody’s Improbable History,” is

  • Movies | March 17, 2014

    Could Spielberg brag about ‘Need for Speed’?

    Poor Steven Spielberg. He’s running the Dreamworks movie studio’s live-action unit, or so one reads. They don’t make very many movies, so each new one is very important to the company’s financial health. Anyone who watches “Need for Speed,” their most

  • Movies | March 12, 2014

    You’ll shake your head at the dialogue, but you won’t get bored

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    Based on the graphic novel “Xerxes” by Frank Miller, “300: Rise of an Empire” is less a sequel to the 2006 film “300” and more an attempt to tell the concurrent story of the Athenian general Themistokles. The story begins with Queen Gorgo (Lena Headley) narrating the victory


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