• ‘Goosebumps’ is a lot more fun than it is scary Christopher.conner1

    In the genre of young horror books, few authors have achieved the ubiquity of R.L. Stein with the “Goosebumps” series. From the popular novels and the multi-season TV series, “Goosebumps” uses supernatural terror and disarming humor to tell stories .

  • ‘Jem and the Holograms’ nice movie for pre-teen girls Christopher.conner

    Directed by John Chu, known for his work on the “Step Up” movies, “Jem and the Holograms” resurrects a mostly forgettable 80s cartoon series. The plot of “Jem and the Holograms” is nothing new. Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples) is an 18 .

  • ‘Our Brand’ isn’t as amusing as it should be G.w.clift1

    Folks headed into the theater to see the new movie “Our Brand is Crisis” need to know two things that they probably won’t have heard. One is that the title comes from an old complaint about newspapers and broadcast .

  • ‘Rock the Kasbah’ will amuse Bill Murray fans G.w.clift1

    “Rock the Kasbah” is going to amuse fans of Bill Murray and please those movie-goers interested in advancing women’s rights. I suppose it might give some armed service veterans a couple of unsettling flashbacks. The movie is set mostly .

  • ‘Witch Hunter’ a film for looking at rather than understanding G.w.clift1

    What director Breck Eisner does is make pedestrian ideas for movies into big, popping films. For example, somebody thought, George Romero’s zombie movies are very popular. Let’s re-make his “The Crazies.” Then Eisner got responsibility for the project .

  • ‘Pan’ misses mark as part of Peter Pan franchise Christopher.conner1

    “Pan” is not quite a prequel to the well-known story of Peter Pan. It would be better classified as the first in a trilogy, with the middle film still missing. Instead of the pointy-eared, elfish-looking Peter, “Pan” stars Levi Miller .

  • Not everything in movie ‘Woodlawn’ is first rate G.w.clift1

    Someday someone who doesn’t have enough to do will write a book about the irony of the mid-sixties’ Civil Rights movement in popular media. Probably PBS loves programs on this subject for the same reason a cable station called .

  • Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ full of useless complications G.w.clift1

    There is always a little distance between a moviegoer and a Steven Spielberg movie. The most popular of his films are full of emphasized and sometimes arresting images, but they don’t really mean all that much. Consider “Jaws,” “Close .

  • ‘The Martian’ a lot more fun to watch than ‘Gravity’ Christopher.conner1

    After the successful space disaster movie “Gravity,” there were bound to be more. In “The Martian” Matt Damon plays the headstrong botanist and astronaut Mark Watney. Accompanied by others and led by Mission Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), Mark is .

  • ‘99 Homes’ makes a story out of the failure of bureaucracy G.w.clift1

    Like “Pawn Sacrifice,” “99 Homes” is a movie about recent American history. The two films are “small” in the sense that they weren’t big-budget studio projects. But they both had enough money spent in their making, and they are both .

  • Strong cast holds viewer’s attention in ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ G.w.clift1

    “Pawn Sacrifice,” director Edward Zwick’s version of the 1972 Fischer vs Spasky chess match, is one of a pair of new movies now playing in Manhattan that might not have been shown here even six months ago. It and “99 Homes” .

  • ‘Hell and Back’ decidedly adult and downright dreadful

    An animated feature that comes to Manhattan usually means an outing for me and one or more of the kids. This was not the case with “Hell and Back.” Decidedly adult in content and delivery, “Hell and Back” follows a .


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