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  • Movies | December 12, 2013

    Disney’s ‘Frozen’ proves surprisingly entertaining

    Christopher.conner1

    On initial presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Frozen” looks like it will be the typical princess verses evil relative kind of story common in the Disney archives. It doesn’t take long for this film to ditch that expectation. The movie’s heroine, Anna (

  • Movies | December 11, 2013

    ‘Out of the Furnace’ is the right movie at the wrong time

    G.w.clift1

    Into the Christmas season’s stocking, an amalgam of Hollywood production companies has dumped “Out of the Furnace” like a handful of coal and an assortment of switches. We’re wanting festive, cozy jollity. This movie is bitter, fate-ridden unhappiness. This is not to say

  • Movies | December 05, 2013

    It’s not a bad month on the ‘New to Video’ shelves

    G.w.clift1

    Just in time for gift-giving, the Hollywood studios are going to release a generous dollop of recent movies on DVD. There will be Family movies—”Despicable Me 2” and “The Smurfs 2”—for example. And there will be at least one new comic-book super-hero movie—”The Wolverine”—

  • Movies | December 04, 2013

    ‘Black Nativity’ an original take on the Christmas story

    G.w.clift1

    Langston Hughes may have been born in Joplin but, because he was brought up in this state, a lot of Kansans claim him as one of us. His 1961 play “Black Nativity” has been made into a film by Kasi Lemmons, and the film is showing

  • Movies | December 02, 2013

    Too bad script doesn’t match acting in ‘Homefront’

    G.w.clift1

    Half an hour after the new action picture “Homefront” is over, its audience may forget how emotionally involving it was. Mark Isham’s gritty music and Director Gary Fleder’s eye and efficient editing have made its rural Louisiana and its equally cliché story seem

  • Movies | November 28, 2013

    Second verse of ‘Hunger Games’ is predictable stuff

    G.w.clift1

    Second verse, same as the first. The second “Hunger Games” movie, “Catching Fire,” is a continuation of the story of a near-future world in which the government uses a brutal televised game to distract the public from economic collapse. In length (it is five minutes

  • Movies | November 27, 2013

    ‘Delivery Man’ an ill-conceived motion picture

    G.w.clift1

    The new Vince Vaughn movie, “Delivery Man,” has been issued in a rush. Either that or the filmmakers saw what they had shot, threw up their hands, and pushed the movie into the Release basket in the same way a young parent might drop a

  • Movies | November 20, 2013

    Except for silly story, ‘Best Man Holiday’ is OK

    G.w.clift1

    Sometimes even a fairly routine movie will have substantial features of interest. Here’s one about the new movie sequel “Best Man Holiday”: how was writer and director Malcolm D. Lee able to bring back the original cast fourteen years after the release of “The

  • Movies | November 12, 2013

    ‘Thor 2’ will please fans of superhero movies

    Christopher.conner1

    Chris Hemsworth returns to the role of Thor in the Marvel Studios film “Thor 2: The Dark World.” Accepted back into Asgard, Thor’s task of returning peace to the nine realms is nearly complete. Still, he does not seem to be fully accepting his role

  • Movies | November 07, 2013

    It’s no time to watch DVDs, but here are some new ones

    G.w.clift1

    This is not the season for new DVD rentals and sales. Late in the month, some people will begin buying relatively new movies on home viewing media to give as Christmas presents. In December the weather may turn nasty enough that on some nights some


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