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  • Movies | November 11, 2014

    ‘Big Hero 6’ proves an endearing and fun film

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    In a somewhat odd corner of the late ’90s Marvel Universe is a little comic book named “Sunfire & Big Hero 6.” That mini-series provides the kernel of inspiration for Walt Disney Animations 2014 release “Big Hero 6.” Originally set in Japan, then reset in the US, this

  • Movies | November 07, 2014

    ‘Nightcrawler’ may be more provoking than entertaining

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    The new movie “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy, provokes enough questions that one has to wonder if it is more entertaining than it is provoking. It begins with what should be the protagonist of the year, the dweeb anti-hero. Louis Bloom (dark-eyed Jake

  • Movies | November 05, 2014

    Film too complicated to let viewer enjoy Kidman

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    When you expect a Nicole Kidman movie to be terrific, it often disappoints. When you have no expectations about it, the movie usually is impressive and memorable. One didn’t expect much of “Dead Calm,” “To Die For,” “Moulin Rouge,” or “The Others,” for example.

  • Movies | November 04, 2014

    Horror film ‘Ouija’ offers a story than makes sense

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    Journeyman actress Lin Shaye may have been in more movies than anyone since the end of the studio system. Including TV movies, she’s credited with 135 already. Maybe she’s best known as the particularly stomach-turning older woman in “Kingpin.” Probably contemporary movie-goers know her

  • Movies | October 31, 2014

    ‘Killer details’ save familiar ‘St. Vincent’ story

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    The Hibachi Hut has moved downtown. There’s a taco shop in the Aggieville building where Bill Murray used to sit at its bar. This fact won’t bother twenty-somethings, but to old guys like me, it seems a little melancholy. That sort of sentiment

  • Movies | October 30, 2014

    It’s hard to know how to take ‘The Best of Me’

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    Let’s make a brief inventory of some of the dramatic happenings in the new Nicholas Sparks movie “The Best of Me.” Three murders and a manslaughter. A divorce. Two guys blown off ships at sea. Seven wasted lives. One child death. One heart transplant.

  • Movies | October 29, 2014

    Animated ‘Book of Life’ found entertaining

    “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 29, 2014

    Animated ‘Book of Life’ found entertaining

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    “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

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    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

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    “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


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