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  • 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. “

  • Movies | August 26, 2013

    ‘City of Bones’ a more-or-less coherent cinematic thrill ride

    Lily Collins plays auburn haired Clary, the supernaturally-powered heroine of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” and spends all of her time on-screen either fighting or flirting. The latter is particularly appropriate for this film, which is based on a two-book series intended for young

  • Movies | August 21, 2013

    Where’s the entertainment in film about Steve Jobs?

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    It is wonderfully difficult to explain the reverence with which the film “Jobs” recalls the life and exploits of its title character, one of Apple Computers’ founders and its long-time pitch-man. While the movie certainly shows that Steve Jobs, played fairly convincingly by Ashton Kutcher,

  • Movies | August 19, 2013

    ‘Paranoia’ is a good film, but the title is inaccurate

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    The new suspense movie “Paranoia” has so much style that viewers may wonder why someone didn’t find it a decent title. Probably young Adam (Liam Hemsworth) has reason to feel as if he is being watched all the time. But he is not suffering

  • Movies | August 12, 2013

    New film ‘We’re the Millers’ is the same old story

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    There are times when the new movie comedy “We’re the Millers” seems like a film forty or fifty years old, but with conversational cursing inserted as joke lines. And remember, we’ve already been through a stretch of Hollywood history when movies would include

  • Movies | August 06, 2013

    ‘Smurfs 2’ won’t be at the top of anyone’s list

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    The sequel to 2011’s “The Smurfs,” “Smurfs 2” picks up a few years after the end of the first film. Gargamel (Hank Azaria) has become a popular stage magician, audiences not realizing that his tricks are not illusions, but magic from Gargamel’s Smurf essence powered

  • Movies | August 05, 2013

    Recipe for ‘Two Guns’ should have included more sense

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    The new film “Two Guns” seems to have been made up like a stir-fry. Take the recognizable personalities of stars Denzel Washington and Marky Mark Wahlberg, lots of wild crime action scenes, a pinch of sex, a big bunch of gaudy patter, and half a


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