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  • Movies | December 03, 2015

    For Christmas, how about ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’?

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    Because folks are desperate to find holiday presents that will appeal to young people, December is sometimes a month when there are many new DVDs released. The DVDs we are interested in here are home viewing versions of recent general release movies. For example, “Minions,”

  • Movies | November 30, 2015

    ‘Creed’ manages to be ‘Rocky’ again ... almost

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    Don’t forget how good the first “Rocky” movie was. Sequels have made us cringe at the thought that the 1976 movie was “good” and “important.” But it didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar by mistake. It is one of the most powerful and popular

  • Movies | November 26, 2015

    Fourth ‘Hunger Games’ movie on local screen

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    To look at the fourth “Hunger Games” movie, viewers would figure all the series members were filmed one right after another, without the pauses between the films’ release dates. The first film came out in 2012, and yet Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam “the youngest” Hemsworth

  • Movies | November 25, 2015

    ‘The Night Before’ is frantic rather than comic

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    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 “The Night Before.” It is

  • Movies | November 24, 2015

    ‘My All American’ follows a familiar formula

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    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, himself sufficiently beloved that I

  • Movies | November 17, 2015

    Cast isn’t given enough to do in ‘Love, the Coopers’

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    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 full of names) about a

  • Movies | November 11, 2015

    ‘Specter’ keeps up tradition of good Bond movies

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    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. The suits are tight. I

  • Movies | November 06, 2015

    ‘Truth’ dredges up old Dan Rather episode

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    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 (Robert Redford) is told that

  • Movies | November 05, 2015

    ‘Goosebumps’ is a lot more fun than it is scary

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    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 about animated ventriloquist dummies, werewolves

  • Movies | November 04, 2015

    ‘Jem and the Holograms’ nice movie for pre-teen girls

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    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 year old girl living with


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