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  • Movies | January 28, 2014

    Latest ‘Devil’s Due’ not brief enough to keep it from being trite


    The newest horror movie in town is “Devil’s Due.” You may remember the title. There have been several other movies called “Devil’s Due,” one as recently as 2011, and even an episode of a “Star Trek” series bore this name. And moviegoers may recognize

  • Movies | January 24, 2014

    ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ provides enjoyable action


    Every once in a while Kenneth Branaugh pops up. This week he has again come to our attention, this time as director of and villain in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” a prequel to “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Sum of All Fears,” other

  • Movies | January 24, 2014

    ‘August, Orange County’ turns out decent screenplay


    Tracy Letts, author of the recent stage play August, Orange County, has turned out a decent screenplay version of the story. Then John Wells, previously known primarily as a producer of t.v. series, has directed a good cast in an interesting version of that

  • Movies | January 15, 2014

    New film ‘Her’ entertains better than anticipated


    Joaquin Phoenix is Theodore Twombly in director and writer Spike Jonze’s film “Her.” Theodore is a middle-aged writer, going through a divorce that is dragging on because he can’t bring himself to sign the paperwork. The film begins as Theodore is dictating a

  • Movies | January 13, 2014

    ‘The Legend of Hercules’ is a disappointment


    The first of at least two takes on the myth of Hercules, “The Legend of Hercules,” stars Kellan Lutz as the Greek demigod. In this version of the story, the film begins with King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) storming the city of Argos. Reaching the center,

  • Movies | January 09, 2014

    These movies were so bad they’re not even worth watching again


    Movie critics are usually punished more often than they are treated. I was surprised to hear a journalist refer to last year as a particularly good one as far as new movies are concerned—I think I had just sat through a showing of “A

  • Movies | January 08, 2014

    Performances better than plots in new crop of DVDs


    I’ve been working on my annual list of the worst movies I saw the previous year. In the process,  I’ve revisited some of movies that will be available for the first time this month on home viewing media. Some of the films,

  • Movies | December 30, 2013

    ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ movie more like TV fare


    British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) brought the “Walking with Dinosaurs” mini-series to American TV screens in 2000 after airing in the UK the previous year. After thirteen years, a reworked “Walking with Dinosaurs” appears on the big screen as a feature film. The film version deviates from

  • Movies | December 26, 2013

    ‘Hustle’ about a complicated con game it can’t explain


    The 1980 “Abscam” sting led to the arrest of eight and the conviction of seven members of Congress for bribe-taking. The FBI had a couple of phony Arab sheiks offer money to the members of the House of Representatives in return for favors. Folks may think

  • Movies | December 23, 2013

    ‘Anchorman 2’ isn’t as ingenious as its father


    It is one of the most familiar old stories. Two veterans of a company notice that the tenure of their current boss began just about twenty years before. “He’s done a great job,” one old hand says to the other. “But he’ll never

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