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  • Movies | February 21, 2014

    New ‘Robocop’ tackles contemporary issue


    The new re-make of the 1985 movie “Robocop” is topical. It is about ethical questions involved in the public discussion of the use of remote control “drone” weapons. It is easy enough for director Jose Padiha to get to the issue by telling the story of

  • Movies | February 20, 2014

    ‘Winter’s Tale’ a likable film with a good cast


    Remember Eva Marie Saint? She was the female lead in two legendary motion pictures, “On the Waterfront” and Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”—Cary Grant tosses her onto the top bunk in the railroad car sleeping compartment in the last scene of the latter movie.

  • Movies | February 19, 2014

    New film ‘Philomena’ found not too entertaining


    Steve Coogan has a couple of favorite topics. Sometimes it is not good to have Joneses. The remarkably hard-working English writer, actor, and comedian who gave us “Hamlet 2” and has starred in lots of other films, including “Tropic Thunder,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “In the Loop,”

  • Movies | February 18, 2014

    ‘About Last Night,’ Version 2, sort of ho-hum entertainment


    The new movie “About Last Night” is a re-make of a sanitized version of a David Mamet play. The original movie, also called “About Last Night,” was a 1986 feature starring Rob Lowe (pre-scandal), Demi Moore (pre-surgery), James Belushi (pre-television), and, perhaps surprisingly, Elizabeth Perkins. The

  • Movies | February 14, 2014

    ‘Monument Men’ doesn’t accomplish the tasks films should


    The new movie “Monuments Men” is a bit of a disappointment. It is about art and about Americans in the Second World War and the cast includes Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray. So we had some reason to hope. The idea is that half a

  • Movies | February 10, 2014

    Lots of laughs in attractive K-State theater


    God of Carnage is funny. The K-State Theater presentation of the play, directed by Jerry Jay Cranford, is a mix of farce and black comedy, so it is sweet and tangy as well as true, a little scary, and guaranteed to provoke more chuckles than

  • Movies | February 05, 2014

    ‘Labor Day’ is a Valentine’s Day offering, with a few trimmings

    Movie fans know Joyce Maynard through the film version of her novel “To Die For,” though one suspects Buck Henry’s screenplay influences our estimation of the story. Maynard has also been in the news because of her decision to sell letters written to her

  • Movies | February 04, 2014

    For contemporary war action, here’s a movie for you


    Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg and his brother Donnie have had long and varied careers as American entertainers. The older Donnie is still active as an actor (recently in “Saw” series movies and in television) and as a television producer. But he first became famous as

  • Movies | February 03, 2014

    ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ part history, part horror movie


    The feel-bad movie of 2013 has arrived in Manhattan, re-issued now that it has been nominated for a number of awards, including eight Oscars. The movie is “Twelve Years a Slave,” made by the British director Steve McQueen and starring the British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. The

  • Movies | January 31, 2014

    ‘I, Frankenstein’ will pass the time, if you don’t think too much


    Remember the 1950s crime novel “I, the Jury”? Mickey Spillane had more publicity muscle shots taken than has Vladimir Putin during the time his Mike Hammer was the hero of relatively unsophisticated American readers. Now we get a movie called “I, Frankenstein,” based on a “

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