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  • ‘The Night Before’ is frantic rather than comic G.w.clift1

    Writer and director Josh Levine has cast Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt together before, in the movie “50/50.” Now he’s put them together again and has brought in accomplished Anthony Mackie to play the third friend in the holiday comedy “.

  • ‘My All American’ follows a familiar formula G.w.clift1

    Let me suggest an alternate understanding of the life of Freddie Steinmark, Texas football safety and subject of the hagiographic “My All American.” The movie tells the story as if it were the comments of retired Texas coach Darrell Royal, .

  • Cast isn’t given enough to do in ‘Love, the Coopers’ G.w.clift1

    Remember “Love, Actually,” an English holiday-season movie (with a cast full of names) about a series of vaguely related romances? Well. It’s back. Sort of. In an American version. “Love, the Coopers” is a holiday-season movie (with a cast .

  • ‘Specter’ keeps up tradition of good Bond movies G.w.clift1

    Daniel Craig has been the James Bond most like a male model. In the new 007 movie “Specter,” directed once again by Sam Mendes, the British Secret Service’s agent may have let his sense of fashion go a little prissy. .

  • ‘Truth’ dredges up old Dan Rather episode G.w.clift1

    One way to understand the new “based-on-a-true-story” movie “Truth” is as a celebration of the great Dan Rather. The film begins and closes with the old CBS news reader as the center of group adulation. As the movie runs, Rather (.

  • ‘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 .


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