• ‘Kingsman’ another in a long line of spy spoofs G.w.clift1

    Spy movies have a historic problem. During their period of greatest popularity, the biggest (and most) movies about espionage were comedies and were usually send-ups of the spy movie genre itself. Consider all those Bond movies until about the time .

  • ‘Project Almanac’ is a teen movie, plain and simple Christopher.conner1

    If anyone ever wanted to know what happens when MTV tackles a classic sci fi theme like time travel, the answer is “Project Almanac.” Of course, the result is something H. G. Wells would barely recognize, the question remains: what .

  • ‘Imitation Game’ remains engaging, beginning to end Christopher.conner1

    Benedict Cumberbatch portrays British scientist Alan Turing in the film “The Imitation Game.” Focusing on his highly classified efforts to counter the German Enigma machine during World War II, the film begins with Cumberbatch asking, “Are you paying attention?” In 1951 .

  • Poor sound makes it hard to comprehend ‘Foxcatcher’ G.w.clift1

    Bennett Miller’s new film “Foxcatcher” is a quiet thing. The acting is, of course, the most-mentioned feature of the movie. It has five Oscar nominations, including two in acting categories. And the movie is certainly sobering in the way .

  • ‘Bustown’ comes to Chapman Theater at K-State G.w.clift1

    It’s a post-apocalyptic world on the stage of Chapman Theater in Nichols Hall through Feb. 15. Deb Brunner’s set—all old tires and stacked up Ford body sections, bench seats and a fire pit—recall the world of “The .

  • ‘St. Vincent’ is the best of the new-videos bunch G.w.clift1

    It seems that we are going to finally have a turn at seeing the movie the government of North Korea didn’t want anybody to see. “The Interview” comes out on DVD this month. Nor is it the only attraction .

  • Animated film less than magical, but some may like it Christopher.conner1

    The first fully animated feature to come to Manhattan in 2015 is Lucasfilm’s “Strange Magic.” Two kingdoms, one of magic, one of mystery, have been separated for ages. The magic kingdom is ruled by butterfly fairies, the mysterious bog is .

  • ‘The Loft’ proves to be an amusing cinematic thriller G.w.clift1

    For people my age there is substantial irony in the recent commercial success of European thrillers and action movies. When I was young, continental directors were too sophisticated to make anything so low as shoot-’em-ups. Hitchcock had to come .

  • ‘The Boy Next Door’ cheap looking, implausible G.w.clift1

    In the movie “The Boy Next Door,” Jennifer Lopez (remember her?) stars as a teacher of Classics at a public high school. When you get over all that is unlikely in that statement, we’ll go on to other implausibilities .

  • Paddington Bear finally brought to big screen Christopher.conner1

    It took seven years to bring Paddington Bear, the marmalade loving children’s book character from darkest Peru, to the big screen. “Paddington” stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown. The risk-averse Henry Brown and the .

  • ‘Mortdecai’ good-natured but only occasionally funny G.w.clift1

    Johnny Depp is back on the big screen in his sort of shambling comic film, “Mortdecai,” directed by David Koepp, who gave us the undervalued “Stir of Echoes” and “Ghost Town.” As is the case in those very entertaining movies, .

  • ‘Blackhat’ feels like a sequel that is missing part one Christopher.conner1

    Chris Hemsworth stars as improbably physical computer hacker Nick Hathaway in director Michael Mann’s “Blackhat.” Serving time for hacking some bank computer systems, Hemsworth finds a way to use his skills by hacking over a cellphone. The unrepentant Hathaway .


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