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  • 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

  • Movies | August 29, 2013

    ‘You’re Next’ makes the most out of classic movie form

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    Adam Wingard is a big, tall kid who made a movie using forest settings near Columbia, Mo. The name of the movie is “You’re Next,” and it is a pretty good use of the classic mad slasher movie form that we know from long

  • Movies | August 28, 2013

    Simon Pegg fans will enjoy ‘The World’s End’

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    Film comedian Simon Pegg deserves his millions of fans. They will certainly enjoy his new film, “The World’s End.” This oddly-shaped film is a good vehicle for Pegg and his frequent co-star, the talented Nick Frost. It is their sort of thing: a send-up

  • Movies | August 27, 2013

    Cate Blanchett is the best thing about ‘Blue Jasmine’

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    When I tell friends about a movie, I usually find myself recalling the events of the story. Maybe that usually doesn’t work when the film in question was directed by Woody Allen. Take, for example, his new one, showing now at our local twelve-plex. “


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