• Not everything in movie ‘Woodlawn’ is first rate G.w.clift1

    Someday someone who doesn’t have enough to do will write a book about the irony of the mid-sixties’ Civil Rights movement in popular media. Probably PBS loves programs on this subject for the same reason a cable station called .

  • Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ full of useless complications G.w.clift1

    There is always a little distance between a moviegoer and a Steven Spielberg movie. The most popular of his films are full of emphasized and sometimes arresting images, but they don’t really mean all that much. Consider “Jaws,” “Close .

  • ‘The Martian’ a lot more fun to watch than ‘Gravity’ Christopher.conner1

    After the successful space disaster movie “Gravity,” there were bound to be more. In “The Martian” Matt Damon plays the headstrong botanist and astronaut Mark Watney. Accompanied by others and led by Mission Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), Mark is .

  • ‘99 Homes’ makes a story out of the failure of bureaucracy G.w.clift1

    Like “Pawn Sacrifice,” “99 Homes” is a movie about recent American history. The two films are “small” in the sense that they weren’t big-budget studio projects. But they both had enough money spent in their making, and they are both .

  • Strong cast holds viewer’s attention in ‘Pawn Sacrifice’ G.w.clift1

    “Pawn Sacrifice,” director Edward Zwick’s version of the 1972 Fischer vs Spasky chess match, is one of a pair of new movies now playing in Manhattan that might not have been shown here even six months ago. It and “99 Homes” .

  • ‘Hell and Back’ decidedly adult and downright dreadful

    An animated feature that comes to Manhattan usually means an outing for me and one or more of the kids. This was not the case with “Hell and Back.” Decidedly adult in content and delivery, “Hell and Back” follows a .

  • ‘Sicario’ is a quality, if brutal, film Christopher.conner1

    It is hard to fathom just how violent and cruel the drug cartels have become in Mexico. The Denis Villeneuve-directed film “Sicario” takes that cruelty and casts it against the desperation of the law and order ideal trying to combat .

  • Joel Edgerton’s ‘The Gift’ pick of October DVD releases G.w.clift1

    Movie fans who buy or rent DVD versions of recent films will find some interesting titles fresh out this month. “Avengers 2, Age of Ultron” makes its debut on home-viewing media, so you can take Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson .

  • ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ a sequel better than the original

    This week the long awaited, by my daughter anyway, sequel to the 2012 Adam Sandler animated flick “Hotel Transylvania” arrived in Manhattan. With the exception of Keegan-Michael Key replacing CeeLo Green as Murray the mummy, the lead voice actors remain the .

  • ‘Everest’ offers considerable adventure for non-climbers G.w.clift1

    Everybody knows Sir Edmund Hillary said he climbed Mount Everest “Because it is there.” Except that the first conqueror of the mountain didn’t say that. It was something English climber George Mallory said. And he died trying to reach .

  • In flipping cliche, ‘The Intern’ is generally entertaining G.w.clift1

    One of the most familiar cliches of American movies and television gets flipped in Nancy Meyers’s new movie “The Intern.” For decades we’ve seen entertainments that insisted men spend too much time at work and not enough on .

  • Grisly, ominous ‘Black Mass’ makes little sense G.w.clift1

    Movie-goers interested in seeing the new “Goodfellas” are going to be disappointed by “Black Mass,” the gangster movie currently showing in theaters. What they’ll get is another tone-heavy picture like director Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace.” “Black .


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