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  • Movies | June 16, 2013

    Summer blockbusters filled with action, superheroes, zombies, scandal and fun

    Summer time is known for several things: ice cream, swimming pools and, more recently, summer blockbuster films. This year’s pack of movies has a little bit of everything: superheroes, zombie fighting, hilarious children’s film sequels, science-fiction and even a Shakespeare remake. Here is

  • Movies | June 12, 2013

    ‘The Internship’ is good-humored if not hilarious

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    I don’t know if one would want to call Shawn Levy “the genius behind the ‘Night at the Museum’ movies,” but he did direct the first two and is apparently going to do the third. His current release, though, is another Owen Wilson vehicle,

  • Movies | June 11, 2013

    The most horror-ible thing was the girl with the cellphone

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    The new horror film “The Purge” is a modest success, more like “Sinister” than like “Fright Night,” but without either one’s supernatural element. What is causing the problem for the middle class family of four in the new film is a nationwide social experiment.

  • Movies | June 09, 2013

    Wanderlusting alumna takes on new adventure: ‘Wild Kingdom’

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    For four months each summer, Reggie Busse lives in Switzerland in a house with 11 other people while she works for an adventure tourist company.  For the remaining eight, Busse, a K-State alum, travels the world, living as cheaply as she can to stretch those

  • Movies | June 06, 2013

    What’s new on home viewing media this month?

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    This month several of the more heavily-advertised films of the spring will be stocked on the New shelves at the video store. They include a me-too sort of road comedy called “Identity Thief.” The special effects-heavy movies for the month are about fantasy worlds, but

  • Movies | June 04, 2013

    During ‘After Earth’ is a good time to check your cellphone

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    I have a new index scheme for judging general release movies. The worse they are, the greater number of ticket-holder cell phones will be lit up during the showing. The little lights glaring in one’s face from phones farther forward in the theater indicate

  • Movies | June 03, 2013

    ‘Now You See Me’ probably isn’t worth your time

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    In telling a complicated story, writers should not have characters act in ways that are contrary to their own best interests. This is true even when a surprise ending requires that the characters’ interests are different than what we might expect. Perhaps I should make

  • Movies | May 28, 2013

    ‘Fast and Furious’ series is in need of a new idea

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    As the recent Baz Luhrman-directed version of “The Great Gatsby” suggested, there are stories the movies can’t tell really well. Film is probably most successful when it is giving us a horror story. In second place might be the action story, like those in

  • Movies | May 27, 2013

    ‘Hangover 3’ looks like the conclusion of a trilogy

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    I re-read what I wrote about “The Hangover” and “The Hangover 2,” movies made by Todd Phillips. I was looking for some tip off in the genuinely funny first movie and the slavishly similar second movie that they were intended as the first two in a

  • Movies | May 21, 2013

    New ‘Star Trek’ film is solid entertainment

    Having seen and enjoyed the perfectly-cast 2009 “Star Trek,” I shared the enthusiasm of the throngs entering movie theaters last weekend to see director J.J. Abrams’s new movie, “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Abrams has the knack, after all. And his terrific cast—Chris Pine


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