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  • Movies | August 26, 2013

    ‘City of Bones’ a more-or-less coherent cinematic thrill ride

    Lily Collins plays auburn haired Clary, the supernaturally-powered heroine of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” and spends all of her time on-screen either fighting or flirting. The latter is particularly appropriate for this film, which is based on a two-book series intended for young

  • Movies | August 21, 2013

    Where’s the entertainment in film about Steve Jobs?

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    It is wonderfully difficult to explain the reverence with which the film “Jobs” recalls the life and exploits of its title character, one of Apple Computers’ founders and its long-time pitch-man. While the movie certainly shows that Steve Jobs, played fairly convincingly by Ashton Kutcher,

  • Movies | August 19, 2013

    ‘Paranoia’ is a good film, but the title is inaccurate

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    The new suspense movie “Paranoia” has so much style that viewers may wonder why someone didn’t find it a decent title. Probably young Adam (Liam Hemsworth) has reason to feel as if he is being watched all the time. But he is not suffering

  • Movies | August 12, 2013

    New film ‘We’re the Millers’ is the same old story

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    There are times when the new movie comedy “We’re the Millers” seems like a film forty or fifty years old, but with conversational cursing inserted as joke lines. And remember, we’ve already been through a stretch of Hollywood history when movies would include

  • Movies | August 06, 2013

    ‘Smurfs 2’ won’t be at the top of anyone’s list

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    The sequel to 2011’s “The Smurfs,” “Smurfs 2” picks up a few years after the end of the first film. Gargamel (Hank Azaria) has become a popular stage magician, audiences not realizing that his tricks are not illusions, but magic from Gargamel’s Smurf essence powered

  • Movies | August 05, 2013

    Recipe for ‘Two Guns’ should have included more sense

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    The new film “Two Guns” seems to have been made up like a stir-fry. Take the recognizable personalities of stars Denzel Washington and Marky Mark Wahlberg, lots of wild crime action scenes, a pinch of sex, a big bunch of gaudy patter, and half a

  • Movies | August 01, 2013

    Marvel film ‘The Wolverine’ fast and captivating

    The potentially endless string of Marvel films continues with “The Wolverine,” starring Hugh Jackman as the title character. Following the events of “X-men: The Last Stand”, Logan (Jackman) is living as a hermit in Alaska. He is wrestling with the fact he was forced to

  • Movies | July 29, 2013

    Depressing ‘Fruitvale Station’ has some problems

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    The new cinematic recreation “Fruitvale Station” presents those interested in movies with a couple of major problems. One is that the based-on-a-true-story plot itself is grindingly depressing. When a stray dog appears and the story’s central character, Oscar, steps away from a filling station

  • Movies | July 26, 2013

    Movie-goers should take a pass on ‘The Conjuring’

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    For those of you who attend movies only to feel the sharp stab of an emotional reaction, let me begin with this warning: the new horror film “The Conjuring” is only scary twice, with both of these instances coming close to half an hour into

  • Movies | July 25, 2013

    Comedy, action scenes, sets all work well in ‘RED 2’

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    “RED 2” and “R.I.P.D.” are both action movies with comic tones, so it is odd that the two of them should have been released on the same July weekend. Nevertheless, they were. And movie fans should celebrate by driving out to the twelveplex.


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