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  • One ‘Very Bad Day’ good for a chuckle Christopher.conner1

    Adapted from the children’s book of the same title by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows two days in the life of the Cooper family. The first day is a typical day .

  • ‘The Judge’ doesn’t render decision on some mysteries G.w.clift1

    Here’s an example of the sort of mistake I made while watching the new movie “The Judge.” The title character, played by Robert Duval, is being tried for murder in a small town Indiana court. Defending him is his .

  • Review: ‘Dracula Untold’ action better fit for TV pilot Christopher.conner1

    Most moviegoers are familiar with the story of Vlad Dracul because of his name’s association with Bram Stoker’s book “Dracula” and more the 1992 movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” starring Gary Oldman as the original vampire. Twenty-two years after .

  • Denzel Washington stars in ‘The Equalizer’ G.w.clift1

    Denzel Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua, who earlier collaborated on the movie “Training Day,” have reunited for a new feature film called “The Equalizer.” In it Washington plays a fairly quiet old guy who works at a “home improvement” store .

  • Potential ‘Maze Runner’ viewers should heed warning G.w.clift1

    Before a movie fan goes into a theater to watch “The Maze Runner,” he really should be warned that it is intended as the beginning of another of these adolescent sci-fi competition stories, like the “Hunger Games” films. Actually the .

  • Good cast and editing can’t make up for awfulness of film’s characters, story G.w.clift1

    Moviegoers will be sympathetic with the makers of “This Is Where I Leave You.” They have wanted to make a good movie. They have recruited a good cast, led by Jason Bateman and including Jane Fonda and Tina Fey, each .

  • ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’ well-produced detective story G.w.clift1

    Adult moviegoers are always encouraged when they hear there is a new western or a new detective story movie in town. Their current hope is “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” which stars Liam Neeson. Neeson plays Matthew Scudder, the private .

  • ‘No Good Deed’ isn’t bad, just sort of ‘Who cares?’ G.w.clift1

    Theater fans and those who like or at least remember older movies know all about “Wait Until Dark.” If they are students of screen history, they may even know that the original small scale (essentially one set) play was written .

  • ‘Identical’ doesn’t quite serve its apparent purpose G.w.clift1

    The sole new movie at the twelve-plex last weekend was “The Identical.” What’s most interesting about this modest production is that it doesn’t quite get to the subjects it seems to have been constructed to discuss. It is .

  • Football’s better than this month’s new DVDs G.w.clift1

    It is probably just as well that football and the McCain series are starting up again, as the movies scheduled for release on home viewing media aren’t going to entertain large groups. This has been a year when films .

  • Not much new in latest horror film — and that’s not bad G.w.clift1

    It may be useful to think of horror movies as a special kind of cinematic thing. Let’s say they are all versions of the same classic thing, with essentially the same story, the same kinds of incidents, established conventions .

  • Fast-paced ‘November Man’ found entertaining G.w.clift1

    There’s a new spy thriller in town, a movie called “November Man” after its central figure’s habit of leaving nothing living once he’s gone. This is an entertaining film. Pierce Brosnan stars as Peter, a former CIA .


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