• 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 .

  • ‘Gambler’ serious attempt at making a serious film G.w.clift1

    English director Rupert Wyatt (who gave us “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) now offers moviegoers a new version of the forgotten 1974 movie “The Gambler.” That version had James Caan for its star. Wyatt’s go has Marky Mark .

  • ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ leaves viewer exhausted Christopher.conner1

    With the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Peter Jackson wraps up nearly two decades of bringing J.R.R. Tolkein’s “Middle Earth” to the big screen. While really the end of the relatively thin .

  • Songs, setting different in familiar new ‘Annie’ G.w.clift1

    There are a couple of things new in the latest re-make of the musical “Annie.” The important one has to do with the way the songs are mixed. Most of the songs from the 1977 play have made it to the .

  • New ‘Exodus’ film has its share of fascinations G.w.clift1

    Last March, movie audiences were offered a chance to see a film based on the Biblical story about Noah. It ran almost three hours and added a lot of business to the Old Testament account. Now we can go see .

  • ‘Hunger Games 3’ will please fans of the series G.w.clift1

    The moviemakers have split the third Hunger Games book, “Mockingjay,” into two movies, a trick some other, earlier film series have pioneered. Perhaps because of this, “Hunger Games 3” seems inefficient, giving us repeated arrivals of a soldier to escort our .

  • Newest movies-on-DVD really aren’t that bad G.w.clift1

    Who knows why there are comparatively few recent general release movies scheduled for sale as DVDs this December? At least there are some interesting films on the list, a list which includes family films “Dolphin Tale 2” and the most recent “.

  • ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ has weaknesses, but also a story G.w.clift1

    It isn’t just that people like stories. We need them. We yearn for them. Give us a narrative with characters we are interested in who have a problem and work to resolve it, and we’ll prefer following it .

  • New film ‘Beyond the Lights’ at least looks good G.w.clift1

    Tami Reiker managed to photograph “Beyond the Lights” so as to make it look like a serious movie. That’s high praise. Minnie Driver manages to behave like a serious actress. How, given the story the movie tells, I have .

  • ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ an oddly quiet gross-out movie G.w.clift1

    I got a laugh out of the Farrelly brothers’ new movie “Dumb and Dumber To.” Notice that it isn’t “Too” or “Two.” You see, the idea is that the whole thing is going to be so stupid we will .

  • There are new videos out, if you have the time G.w.clift1

    Ah, this is the time of year. Football and basketball are both going. Plays and concerts seem to be offered us almost every evening. The crops are in. And the election ads are no longer running. All our leisure time .

  • ‘Big Hero 6’ proves an endearing and fun film G.w.clift1

    In a somewhat odd corner of the late ’90s Marvel Universe is a little comic book named “Sunfire & Big Hero 6.” That mini-series provides the kernel of inspiration for Walt Disney Animations 2014 release “Big Hero 6.” Originally set in Japan, then .


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