Movies

  • ‘Bustown’ comes to Chapman Theater at K-State G.w.clift1

    It’s a post-apocalyptic world on the stage of Chapman Theater in Nichols Hall through Feb. 15. Deb Brunner’s set—all old tires and stacked up Ford body sections, bench seats and a fire pit—recall the world of “The .

  • ‘St. Vincent’ is the best of the new-videos bunch G.w.clift1

    It seems that we are going to finally have a turn at seeing the movie the government of North Korea didn’t want anybody to see. “The Interview” comes out on DVD this month. Nor is it the only attraction .

  • Animated film less than magical, but some may like it Christopher.conner1

    The first fully animated feature to come to Manhattan in 2015 is Lucasfilm’s “Strange Magic.” Two kingdoms, one of magic, one of mystery, have been separated for ages. The magic kingdom is ruled by butterfly fairies, the mysterious bog is .

  • ‘The Loft’ proves to be an amusing cinematic thriller G.w.clift1

    For people my age there is substantial irony in the recent commercial success of European thrillers and action movies. When I was young, continental directors were too sophisticated to make anything so low as shoot-’em-ups. Hitchcock had to come .

  • ‘The Boy Next Door’ cheap looking, implausible G.w.clift1

    In the movie “The Boy Next Door,” Jennifer Lopez (remember her?) stars as a teacher of Classics at a public high school. When you get over all that is unlikely in that statement, we’ll go on to other implausibilities .

  • Paddington Bear finally brought to big screen Christopher.conner1

    It took seven years to bring Paddington Bear, the marmalade loving children’s book character from darkest Peru, to the big screen. “Paddington” stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown. The risk-averse Henry Brown and the .

  • ‘Mortdecai’ good-natured but only occasionally funny G.w.clift1

    Johnny Depp is back on the big screen in his sort of shambling comic film, “Mortdecai,” directed by David Koepp, who gave us the undervalued “Stir of Echoes” and “Ghost Town.” As is the case in those very entertaining movies, .

  • ‘Blackhat’ feels like a sequel that is missing part one Christopher.conner1

    Chris Hemsworth stars as improbably physical computer hacker Nick Hathaway in director Michael Mann’s “Blackhat.” Serving time for hacking some bank computer systems, Hemsworth finds a way to use his skills by hacking over a cellphone. The unrepentant Hathaway .

  • ‘Wedding Ringer’ lacks laughs or any memorable incidents G.w.clift1

    One used to read the term “half-baked” every now and then. Ideas were said to be “half-baked,” for example. Now that we no longer do anything near an oven ourselves, I wonder if this descriptive term means much to us. .

  • Crowd seems to love newest Eastwood project G.w.clift1

    The large crowds of people going to see Clint Eastwood’s newest directorial project, “American Sniper,” seem to be enjoying it thoroughly. On its first Friday in town the 4 o’clock show sold out, the ushers all told me I .

  • Not many treasures on new-DVD shelves G.w.clift1

    No, 2014 wasn’t a great year for the movies. Only one summer blockbuster did continuing business—”Guardians of the Galaxy.” The serious movies for people over the age of 30 were mostly cinematic wastes of time. The juvenile comedies weren’t .

  • ‘Taken 3’ proves tiring Christopher.conner1

    In the third, and supposedly final, installment of the Taken movie franchise, Liam Neeson returns to the roll of Bryan Mills. After two films involving an initial abduction, “Taken 3” respins the plot of “The Fugitive,” only Mills’ friends are more .





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