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  • Movies | July 08, 2014

    This ‘Tammy’ is not in any way memorable

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    During the showing of the new movie “Tammy” that I attended, my companion told me the film was “tedious.” On reflection, I think a better word to describe this new screen comedy is “forgettable.” Here we are in the season of blockbusters. Every movie coming

  • Movies | June 26, 2014

    And, so now we have ‘Think Like a Man Too’

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    Steve Harvey, who is currently the host of the TV game show “Family Feud,” has been a comedian, a journeyman comic actor, and the author of a self-help book for women called “Act Like a Lady; Think Like a Man.” A couple of years ago

  • Movies | June 24, 2014

    ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ keeps kids, their adult entertained

    The sequel to Dreamworks’ 2010 feature “How to Train Your Dragon” begins five years after the Vikings of Berk made peace with the dragons that once plagued their town. While most of the young dragon riders compete in Berk’s dragon races, Hiccup (voiced by Jay

  • Movies | June 23, 2014

    ‘Jersey Boys’ movie more cliché than entertainment

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    Director Clint Eastwood’s movie version of the popular musical “Jersey Boys” is not, it turns out, a complete fiasco. It has some good songs, taken from the repertoire of 1960s pop group The Four Seasons. John Lloyd Young, who plays high-voiced Frankie Valli, sings

  • Movies | June 17, 2014

    ‘22 Jump Street’ much better than its predecessor

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    Though I didn’t find much that was new or creditable in the movie “21 Jump Street,” two directors at MGM have made a sequel to it. And the new film sold a lot of tickets its first weekend. It is called “22 Jump Street,” naturally enough.

  • Movies | June 12, 2014

    There’s lots more than Legos on the new-DVD shelves

    Of the new movies planned for release on home viewing media during June, people tell me the “Legomovie” is the pick. Honest. Maybe I’m talking with the wrong people. But I do feel confident this family movie will entertain. But surely it is a

  • Movies | June 11, 2014

    Take lots of Kleenex for creepy ‘Stars’

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    Let’s say you are one of those many people who want movies to make them feel something, to provoke some sort of emotional reaction. In that case, “The Fault in Our Stars” might be a movie you would enjoy watching, especially if you are

  • Movies | June 10, 2014

    ‘Maleficent’ a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’

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    Disney’s version of the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale cemented Maleficent as the cruelest and most evil of villains in the Disney pantheon. What was it that turned her into such a terrible creature? This year’s feature “Maleficent” creates a back story that explains

  • Movies | June 09, 2014

    New Cruise action movie fun

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    “Edge of Tomorrow,” the new Tom Cruise action movie, is a lot of fun to watch. Its no classic, and it doesn’t even pretend to be trail-blazing. But it moves with efficiency for which director Doug Liman (who directed both “The Bourne Identity” and “

  • Movies | June 04, 2014

    ‘A Million ...’ entertaining, but heed this warning

    Seth MacFarland is a writer, director, and voice-over specialist known to us mostly as the man behind the movie “Ted” and the TV show “Family Guy.” He and his writing collaborators seem to have done some reading about the American West as they prepared the


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