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  • Movies | March 24, 2014

    New film ‘Divergent’ is worth a look

    Christopher.conner1

    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

    G.w.clift1

    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

    Christopher.conner1

    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

    Christopher.conner1

    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

  • 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’

    G.w.clift1

    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

    G.w.clift1

    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

    G.w.clift1

    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


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