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  • Movies | February 10, 2016

    ‘Hail, Caesar!’ will please most Coen brothers fans


    There are all sorts of Coen brothers movies, including a couple of pretty weak ones. While most movie fans like Coen films, the guys who like “Fargo” obviously have different tastes from the ones who like “Raising Arizona,” those who like “O Brother, Where Art

  • Movies | February 05, 2016

    It’s hard to know why ‘50 Shades of Black’ was made


    Writer and actor Marlon Wayans, one of a sprawling family of Californians related somehow to “entertainment,” seems to have been the power behind the making of “50 Shades of Black.” So one attends this new movie with certain expectations. It will be a send-up of “50 Shades

  • Movies | February 03, 2016

    New Disney film sappy but also adventuresome


    Sometimes the Disney operation may seem like a very friendly uncle who controls your inheritance. He’s hale, hearty, well-intended, and devoted to familiar formulas—clean living, family life, and interest in nature. It isn’t that you don’t like him. But he is

  • Movies | February 02, 2016

    Western fans can enjoy ‘Jane Got a Gun’ here


    There’s a new Western showing at the local movie theater. There are all sorts of interesting features of the new feature film “Jane Got a Gun,” including its contemporary but confusing meandering from one time frame, one region, and one set of characters to

  • Movies | January 26, 2016

    Creepy ‘Boy’ commands the audience’s attention


    The day before the dark and stormy weather begins, a young American woman is driven to a large, remote Victorian house by a black cab. Inside the house she discovers lots of oak paneling and wood carving as she looks around for the residents. They

  • Movies | January 25, 2016

    ‘Dirty Grandpa’ isn’t very good ... or funny


    There’s a scene about a third of the way into Dan Mazer’s new comedy “Dirty Grandpa” that demonstrates almost everything there is to know about the run-up-to-the-wedding movie. Zach Ephron is playing Jason Kelly, the groom-to-be. He has been drugged by his grandfather (

  • Movies | January 20, 2016

    New ‘Ride Along’ sequel is worse than bad


    The 2014 film “Ride Along” made my list of the worst movies of that year. It was an attempt to make a buddy comedy out of “Training Day,” with Ice Cube playing a less-corrupt version of Denzel Washington’s character and over-exposed Kevin Hart playing the

  • Movies | January 18, 2016

    ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ may disappoint some


    The “7 o’clock” Friday night showing of Michael Bay’s new movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” drew a large crowd. As it ran, most of them seemed to be immersed in the film’s effective and sometimes bloody violence. But some of them

  • Movies | January 14, 2016

    ‘Big Short’ will cause viewers to shake their heads


    Movie-goers can admire director Adam McKay (who usually does Will Farrell movies) for having taken the trouble to prove that film is a lousy medium for describing abstract concepts. Or they can damn him for having made the drowsy, ultimately nearly pointless “The Big Short.”

  • Movies | January 13, 2016

    As horror films go, ‘The Forest’ isn’t bad


    Fifteen years ago we were given a terrific new horror film called “The Others,” staring Nichole Kidman as a woman living on one of Britain’s Channel Islands. Her children were essentially allergic to sunlight. I thought that movie was the best film of 2001, and

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