• ‘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 .

  • ‘Wedding Ringer’ lacks laughs or any memorable incidents G.w.clift1

    One used to read the term “half-baked” every now and then. Ideas were said to be “half-baked,” for example. Now that we no longer do anything near an oven ourselves, I wonder if this descriptive term means much to us. .

  • Crowd seems to love newest Eastwood project G.w.clift1

    The large crowds of people going to see Clint Eastwood’s newest directorial project, “American Sniper,” seem to be enjoying it thoroughly. On its first Friday in town the 4 o’clock show sold out, the ushers all told me I .

  • Not many treasures on new-DVD shelves G.w.clift1

    No, 2014 wasn’t a great year for the movies. Only one summer blockbuster did continuing business—”Guardians of the Galaxy.” The serious movies for people over the age of 30 were mostly cinematic wastes of time. The juvenile comedies weren’t .

  • ‘Taken 3’ proves tiring Christopher.conner1

    In the third, and supposedly final, installment of the Taken movie franchise, Liam Neeson returns to the roll of Bryan Mills. After two films involving an initial abduction, “Taken 3” respins the plot of “The Fugitive,” only Mills’ friends are more .

  • ‘Selma’ offers powerful story, well presented Christopher.conner1

    Chronicling the events leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “Selma” centers on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to get federal legislation to end discriminatory voter rules and regulations across the South. David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin .

  • Despite its flaws, ‘Wild’ still worth seeing Christopher.conner1

    Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (director of “Dallas Buyer’s Club”), “Wild” follows the author Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone. The film begins with Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) at the point in the hike when one .

  • Performances make ‘Big Eyes’ fun to watch Christopher.conner1

    Based on the paintings of Margaret Keane and the controversies surrounding them, “Big Eyes” follows the painter through the ’50s and ’60s. The Tim Burton produced and directed film begins at a printer producing mass reproductions of a painting featuring .

  • ‘Woman in Black 2’ better-than-average horror movie G.w.clift1

    Hammer Films, the English production company that kept us surprised and entertained for several mid-20th century decades, is back with a new horror film, “The Woman in Black 2.” The original movie, which was released just short of two years .

  • ‘Unbroken’ proves more numbing than inspiring Christopher.conner

    The film adaptation of the book by Linda Hillenbrand and directed by Angelina Jolie, “Unbroken” follows the story of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) is the bombardier on a B-24 piloted by Phil (Domhnall Gleeson) in the Pacific during .

  • Movie crowd unlikely to get more than the basics from ‘Into the Woods’ G.w.clift1

    As American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim nears 90 years of age, adults in the entertainment business are in a rush to get him properly memorialized. As there is a musical play of his that re-tells the stories of several well-known .


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