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  • Movies | November 28, 2013

    Second verse of ‘Hunger Games’ is predictable stuff

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Movies | November 06, 2013

    ‘Last Vegas’ is sometimes funny ... sometimes not

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    It seems like an odd occasion for a movie comedy: Members of the post- WWII Baby Boom generation are aging. As we reach our sixties and, gulp, seventies, we recall our pasts and confront our mortality. That’s pretty much the idea that inspired the

  • Movies | October 30, 2013

    ‘The Counselor’ is stylish but won’t bear thinking about later

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    “The Counselor” is a stylish movie, seasoned with a little sex and a little violence, and featuring a couple of interesting acting jobs. But the movie isn’t enough fun to watch. And it won’t bear thinking about once the watching is over. The

  • Movies | October 28, 2013

    If ‘The Fifth Estate’ has an agenda, it fails to deliver it

    Christopher.conner1

    In “The Fifth Estate,” Benedict Cumberbatch portrays WikiLeaks’ controversial founder and central personality Julian Assange. The screenplay is an adaptation of two books, one written by the other central character in the film Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl). Because of this perspective, much of the

  • Movies | October 24, 2013

    Unanswered question: Why was ‘Carrie’ remade now?

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    Both before and after I watched Kimberly Peirce’s re-make of the movie “Carrie” I wondered Why? Why make another, not all that different version of the hit 1976 movie based on Stephen King’s novel? And why now? The story itself is told fairly well

  • Movies | October 21, 2013

    ‘Captain Phillips’ tells its story effectively

    Christopher.conner1

    As someone who followed news of the Maersk Alabama in 2009, I was curious how director Paul Greengrass would approach the story in “Captain Phillips.” The film begins as Phillips (Tom Hanks) prepares to leave his Vermont home to catch a flight. He is scheduled to


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