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  • Movies | March 07, 2014

    Only you can decide whether ‘Son of God’ is satisfactory

    When producers and directors get ready to give the public a new version of “The Nutcracker” or “Hamlet,” they may be tacitly asserting that they liked something in the original quite a bit and thought other things in it could be improved or updated. What

  • Movies | March 05, 2014

    Even you could have written action flick ‘Non-Stop’

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    OK. So Tom and Mary have just left the movie theater and have gone on to a party. There they got to talking with their old friends, John and Diane, who asked about the film. “It was the usual sort of thing,” Tom said. “So

  • Movies | March 04, 2014

    This is DVD (and basketball) season

    Late winter is probably a decent time to stay home in the evening and watch movies recently released on home viewing media. That is, unless there’s basketball going on. Among the titles appearing on the new DVD shelf last month were a couple of

  • Movies | February 27, 2014

    ‘Pompeii’ story is weak, but visuals are spectacular

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    If you go to see the new film “Pompeii,” pay the extra money and see the three-dimensional version. This is a visual movie first, foremost, and altogether. And certainly the historic occasion gives the movie lots of opportunities for spectacular visuals. As you’ll remember,

  • Movies | February 26, 2014

    Writer/director experiments with familiar formula

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    All good action movie fans know the Luc Besson formula. The French writer and director, who got his start with surprisingly Hollywood movies like “La Femme Nikita” and “The Professional,” now has a scheme for making successful shoot ’em ups based in Paris (or at

  • Movies | February 25, 2014

    Movie ‘Endless Love’ strictly for 12-year-old girls

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    Bob Walkenhorst wrote, “Some things are classic/Some things are just old.” The new movie “Endless Love” is a very simple romance, so straight-forward a cliché that it would be irritating except that after the first reel most viewers really won’t be paying attention.

  • Movies | February 21, 2014

    New ‘Robocop’ tackles contemporary issue

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    The new re-make of the 1985 movie “Robocop” is topical. It is about ethical questions involved in the public discussion of the use of remote control “drone” weapons. It is easy enough for director Jose Padiha to get to the issue by telling the story of

  • Movies | February 20, 2014

    ‘Winter’s Tale’ a likable film with a good cast

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    Remember Eva Marie Saint? She was the female lead in two legendary motion pictures, “On the Waterfront” and Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”—Cary Grant tosses her onto the top bunk in the railroad car sleeping compartment in the last scene of the latter movie.

  • Movies | February 19, 2014

    New film ‘Philomena’ found not too entertaining

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    Steve Coogan has a couple of favorite topics. Sometimes it is not good to have Joneses. The remarkably hard-working English writer, actor, and comedian who gave us “Hamlet 2” and has starred in lots of other films, including “Tropic Thunder,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “In the Loop,”

  • Movies | February 18, 2014

    ‘About Last Night,’ Version 2, sort of ho-hum entertainment

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    The new movie “About Last Night” is a re-make of a sanitized version of a David Mamet play. The original movie, also called “About Last Night,” was a 1986 feature starring Rob Lowe (pre-scandal), Demi Moore (pre-surgery), James Belushi (pre-television), and, perhaps surprisingly, Elizabeth Perkins. The


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