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  • Movies | January 24, 2014

    ‘August, Orange County’ turns out decent screenplay

    G.w.clift1

    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

    Christopher.conner1

    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

  • Movies | January 13, 2014

    ‘The Legend of Hercules’ is a disappointment

    Christopher.conner1

    The first of at least two takes on the myth of Hercules, “The Legend of Hercules,” stars Kellan Lutz as the Greek demigod. In this version of the story, the film begins with King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) storming the city of Argos. Reaching the center,

  • Movies | January 09, 2014

    These movies were so bad they’re not even worth watching again

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    Movie critics are usually punished more often than they are treated. I was surprised to hear a journalist refer to last year as a particularly good one as far as new movies are concerned—I think I had just sat through a showing of “A

  • Movies | January 08, 2014

    Performances better than plots in new crop of DVDs

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    I’ve been working on my annual list of the worst movies I saw the previous year. In the process,  I’ve revisited some of movies that will be available for the first time this month on home viewing media. Some of the films,

  • Movies | December 30, 2013

    ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ movie more like TV fare

    Christopher.conner1

    British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) brought the “Walking with Dinosaurs” mini-series to American TV screens in 2000 after airing in the UK the previous year. After thirteen years, a reworked “Walking with Dinosaurs” appears on the big screen as a feature film. The film version deviates from

  • Movies | December 26, 2013

    ‘Hustle’ about a complicated con game it can’t explain

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    The 1980 “Abscam” sting led to the arrest of eight and the conviction of seven members of Congress for bribe-taking. The FBI had a couple of phony Arab sheiks offer money to the members of the House of Representatives in return for favors. Folks may think

  • Movies | December 23, 2013

    ‘Anchorman 2’ isn’t as ingenious as its father

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    It is one of the most familiar old stories. Two veterans of a company notice that the tenure of their current boss began just about twenty years before. “He’s done a great job,” one old hand says to the other. “But he’ll never

  • Holidays |Movies | December 22, 2013

    Holiday movies add to enjoyment of the season

    Susan.withee.librarian1

    Whether you’re hosting a house full of company or hoping for some welcome time to yourself this holiday season, consider watching one of these endearing but often-overlooked popular films with Christmas or New Year’s Eve themes.  Modern comedies, sublime romances, and forgotten

  • Movies | December 20, 2013

    ‘Smaug’ story is entertaining, but it ends too abruptly

    Peter Jackson takes on the middle portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” in last weekend’s top box office release, “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” centering on the exploits of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he and his companions continue their quest


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