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  • Movies | October 09, 2013

    Hemsworth impressive in otherwise dull ‘Rush’

    While I found Ron “Opie” Howard’s new film “Rush” to be a bore, I was impressed by the performance in it by Chris “Thor” Hemsworth. He plays James Hunt, Maclaren’s lead driver in the 1976 Gran Prix Formula One series. Hemsworth makes the lovable

  • Movies | October 08, 2013

    Latest Momix show at Kansas State pleases all ages

    This last Friday the modern dance company Momix returned to K-State’s McCain Auditorium for the first time in a couple of years. The Connecticut-based outfit is pretty well-known to local audiences, having entertained on the McCain stage at least a couple of times earlier,

  • Movies | October 08, 2013

    McCain ‘Price is Right’ only a shadow of the TV show

    Christopher.conner1

    On Sunday, iconic game show “The Price is Right” came to McCain Auditorium in the form of “The Price is Right Live Stage Show.” The stage version of the long-running and popular game show began nearly ten years ago and has given out cash and

  • Movies | October 06, 2013

    The best, worst films to watch during the Halloween season

    Loved by some and avoided by others, Halloween movies have been the source of nightmares for years. Here is The Mercury’s list of the five best: BEST MOVIES   “Hocus Pocus”   No member of Generation Y will disown “Hocus Pocus” as one of

  • Movies | October 03, 2013

    ‘Don Jon’ less than a must-see movie

    G.w.clift1

    “Don Jon” is a sort of “Saturday Night Fever” for the twenty-teens. Or maybe its actually a little more like “Urban Cowboy.” Writer and director and long-time celebrity Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the John Travolta part. Gordon-Levitt’s working-class New Jersey is like Travolta’s working-class

  • Movies | October 02, 2013

    ‘Baggage Claim’ is a good-natured motion picture

    G.w.clift1

    Whether moviegoers will understand the title, “Baggage Claim,” they will certainly get the story. Writer and director David E. Talbert has made a motion picture that would have been familiar seeming as far back as the age when films were routinely called “motion pictures.” But

  • Movies | September 26, 2013

    New Releases shelves loaded with good films this month

    G.w.clift1

    The New Releases shelves at video stores are going to sag and groan this month, they will be that heavy with largely-popular recent general-release movies. There will be animated features like “The Croods” and “Monsters University” and special effects, action pictures like “Pacific Rim.” And

  • Movies | September 25, 2013

    ‘Prisoners’ is fascinating — too bad about that ending

    G.w.clift1

    The new suspense movie “Prisoners” is fascinating—really fascinating in several ways. One is that it shows why audiences feel cheated by some story resolutions in general release pictures. Here the movie begins establishing a “clinging to their guns and religion” social and economic class,

  • Movies | September 24, 2013

    The dancing isn’t much, and neither is the dance movie

    G.w.clift1

    One of the curiosities of the “dance contest” movie genre is that the films belonging to the type have had almost nothing to do with dance. Remember the “Step Up” films, with Channing Tatum or vice versa, and their successors? These modestly budgeted “chick flics”

  • Movies | September 19, 2013

    ‘Insidious 2’ is boring for awhile, then baffling

    G.w.clift1

    If somebody wanted to make up a Twelve Days of “Insidious 2,” taking the list of descending numbered people and things from the new horror film, they could do a pretty good job. There are, in different time frames and in the living and ghostly worlds,


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