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  • Movies | September 25, 2013

    ‘Prisoners’ is fascinating — too bad about that ending

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    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

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    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

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    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,

  • Movies | September 18, 2013

    ‘Family’ mostly succeeds, but misses chances to be funny

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    Screenwriter and Director Luc Besson gets right to it in his new movie “The Family.” Robert DeNiro drives his wife and teen-aged kids to their new home in a village in Normandy, France. Then, while their FBI minders (headed by a character played by Tommy

  • Movies | September 17, 2013

    ‘Way, Way Back’ is a fair small-scale character movie

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    “The Way, Way Back” is one of those “little” movies, character-heavy pictures, small-budget ones, that known actors sometimes get into in between bigger projects. Originally released in late July, it did good business and so has been brought to our twelve-plex. The movie stars Steve

  • Movies | September 16, 2013

    New ‘Manhattan’ has plenty to recommend it

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    Last Thursday evening I was one of a large crowd at a local screening of the current draft of the new movie “Manhattan.” Most all of us must have fit into the obvious categories of people who are going to be excited about the new

  • Movies | September 09, 2013

    ‘Riddick’ is worth all the trouble, once it gets going

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    Sometimes it’s tough being a moviegoer. Ticket prices keep going up, so that a seat at the Friday or Saturday night showings of the new movie “Riddick” cost $10 each, and this is not a 3D movie. Compare the relentless inflation of ticket prices with

  • Movies | September 04, 2013

    Studios releasing few notable titles on home viewing media

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    This month the studios aren’t going to add many titles to the list of good movies available on DVD. In fact, they are releasing fewer recent films on home viewing media during September than during any month I can remember in the last twenty

  • Movies | September 03, 2013

    New action film is goofy ... and sort of fun

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    “Getaway,” a new action movie, is as loud and constantly colorful as some recent suspense movies have been demur. Then, too, it isn’t like any other movie named “Getaway” that I’ve ever seen before. The 1972 “The Getaway,” directed by Sam Peckinpah, featured Steve

  • Movies | September 01, 2013

    ‘Closed Circuit’ is another quiet suspense movie

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    One is an oddity. Two are a trend. In one week I’ve seen two general-release suspense movies that can be characterized as “quiet.” Both “Paranoia” and “Closed Circuit” are about espionage. They develop suspense as we see characters in the story under pressure. And


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