• ‘Shaun the Sheep’ well done, but not for everybody G.w.clift1

    Aardman Animation, a company in the United Kingdom, uses tons of imagination in producing “Shaun the Sheep,” a television series now represented by a feature film. These are the guys who did the “Wallace and Gromit” movies, among other things. .

  • You won’t be bored by ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ G.w.clift1

    Just when we had begun to believe the summer movie season was an unrelieved slumber session, the littlest samurai came swooping in on a counter-balance rope from backstage at the Vienna opera house to give us renewed hope that we .

  • ‘Vacation’ not very funny, but at least it’s short

    The “National Lampoon’s Vacation” series of movies began with characters imagined by John Hughes. Hughes was a real talent who dominated the movie comedy world during the 1980s. His films include “Pretty in Pink,” “Home Alone,” “Ferris Bueller’s .

  • ‘Southpaw’ comes across as calculating, cynical, thin G.w.clift1

    Boxing movies are usually among the most emotionally manipulative of all films. Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw” would be the heavy-weight champ of melodramas, except for its casting. Jake Gyllenhaal is too little, it seems, even to be a light-heavy, though .

  • ‘Paper Towns’ is straight ‘coming-of-age’ stuff G.w.clift1

    The new movie “Paper Towns,” based on a John Green novel, is straight “coming-of-age” stuff. Three teenaged boys crash a party, skip school, and take a road trip all in the last days of their high school careers. And at .

  • New movie ‘Trainwreck’ mostly takes care of business G.w.clift1

    Movies directed by Judd Apatow have sold a lot of tickets. “40 Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked-Up,” “Funny People,” and “This is 40” owe their popularity to talented casts, shambling dialog, some tasteless pandering, and the makers’ desire to go beyond the initial funny .

  • ‘Minions’ enough of a diversion to keep most kids happy Christopher.conner1

    After two successful runs as supporting characters, this summer the cylindrical yellow creatures from the “Despicable Me” franchise have hit the big screen on their own in Universal Studios’ “Minions.” Delving into the origins of Gru’s helpful and accident .

  • Not much to pick from on New Release shelves G.w.clift1

    July doesn’t look like much of a new DVD month. There are really only a few general release movies coming out on home viewing media, and they are not general crowd pleasers. So there’s “Maggie,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger .

  • ‘Magic Mike’ sequel has even less story than original G.w.clift1

    Three years ago the American movie-going public was treated to an entertainment called “Magic Mike.” What story there was in it considered the difficulties a male stripper (Channing Tatum or Tatum Channing) faced while trying to start a custom furniture .

  • The dogs are pretty good actors in familiar ‘Max’ G.w.clift1

    Susan Orlean has a new book out about Rin Tin Tin. She tells how an American soldier found a German shepherd puppy on a battlefield in 1918 and how the dog went on to Hollywood stardom. But even if we didn’.

  • ‘Ted 2’ has little to offer the movie viewer G.w.clift1

    There must be four different replacements for jokes in the new sentimental and old-fashioned “Ted 2.” One, the most common, is the introduction of words that can’t be printed in a family newspaper. The characters curse, frequently and usually without .

  • Mostly, new film ‘Dope’ just gave viewer a pain G.w.clift1

    The new film “Dope” is an odd mix of familiar things. It resembles nothing so much as an Archie and Jughead comic except that all the characters are African-American, the setting is contemporary Los Angeles, and the language and business .


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