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  • Holidays |Movies | December 22, 2013

    Holiday movies add to enjoyment of the season

    Susan.withee.librarian1

    Whether you’re hosting a house full of company or hoping for some welcome time to yourself this holiday season, consider watching one of these endearing but often-overlooked popular films with Christmas or New Year’s Eve themes.  Modern comedies, sublime romances, and forgotten

  • Movies | December 20, 2013

    ‘Smaug’ story is entertaining, but it ends too abruptly

    Peter Jackson takes on the middle portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” in last weekend’s top box office release, “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” centering on the exploits of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he and his companions continue their quest

  • Movies | December 18, 2013

    Acting, writing show signs of fatigue in ‘Madea Christmas’

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    Tyler Perry makes a slew of movies and TV series every year. In 2013 he directed three of each. Then he acts, he produces, he writes, and he does stage plays as well as filmed things. Naturally he has patterns he follows—it would take an

  • Movies | December 16, 2013

    Setzer’s Christmas show here is loud, flashy, fast

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    Brian Setzer, who appeared in K-State’s McCain Auditorium last week, is a remarkable musician. He must have been born with huge talent and then he must have spent the last forty or so years lying around the house with an arch top Gretsch guitar

  • Movies | December 12, 2013

    Disney’s ‘Frozen’ proves surprisingly entertaining

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    On initial presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Frozen” looks like it will be the typical princess verses evil relative kind of story common in the Disney archives. It doesn’t take long for this film to ditch that expectation. The movie’s heroine, Anna (

  • Movies | December 11, 2013

    ‘Out of the Furnace’ is the right movie at the wrong time

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    Into the Christmas season’s stocking, an amalgam of Hollywood production companies has dumped “Out of the Furnace” like a handful of coal and an assortment of switches. We’re wanting festive, cozy jollity. This movie is bitter, fate-ridden unhappiness. This is not to say

  • Movies | December 05, 2013

    It’s not a bad month on the ‘New to Video’ shelves

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    Just in time for gift-giving, the Hollywood studios are going to release a generous dollop of recent movies on DVD. There will be Family movies—”Despicable Me 2” and “The Smurfs 2”—for example. And there will be at least one new comic-book super-hero movie—”The Wolverine”—

  • Movies | December 04, 2013

    ‘Black Nativity’ an original take on the Christmas story

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    Langston Hughes may have been born in Joplin but, because he was brought up in this state, a lot of Kansans claim him as one of us. His 1961 play “Black Nativity” has been made into a film by Kasi Lemmons, and the film is showing

  • Movies | December 02, 2013

    Too bad script doesn’t match acting in ‘Homefront’

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    Half an hour after the new action picture “Homefront” is over, its audience may forget how emotionally involving it was. Mark Isham’s gritty music and Director Gary Fleder’s eye and efficient editing have made its rural Louisiana and its equally cliché story seem

  • 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


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