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  • 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

  • Movies | May 14, 2013

    ‘Gatsby’ has lots to admire, something to wonder about

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    The latest film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” does a decent job of recalling the story. So what’s with the “Catcher in the Rye” business at the beginning and the ending about Nick Carraway telling history to a psychiatrist?

  • Movies | May 13, 2013

    ‘Into the Woods’ in Junction City

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    Steven Sondheim’s bumptious Into the Woods got a solid treatment last week in Junction City’s attractive Hoover Opera House. The production, presented by J.C.’s venerable and accomplished Little Theater company, made use of area talent to give the late 1980s show

  • Movies | May 08, 2013

    New video releases few in number but of high quality

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    There may not be just tons of new movies on the list of the general release features being offered on home viewing media during May. But there are some good films among them. And maybe the action movies are the most consistently satisfactory of the

  • Movies | May 07, 2013

    ‘Iron Man 3’ may be an improvement in the product

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    Here are some claims veteran screen-writer Shane Black can make for the second movie he has directed: “Iron Man 3” has made lots of money. “Iron Man 3” has sold lots of tickets. And “Iron Man 3” is a better movie than the first two films in the

  • Movies | May 06, 2013

    Dialog is good enough to carry ‘The Big Wedding’

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    The new multi-star screen comedy “The Big Wedding” is the American version of a 2006 French movie about a Swiss family that years ago adopted a Vietnamese boy. In our version, it is an American family that years ago adopted a Colombian boy. But the smugness

  • Movies | May 02, 2013

    ‘Pain and Gain’ is risky for the $10 admission price

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    There are some folks in Riley County who are going to enjoy seeing “Pain and Gain,” Michael Bay’s latest cinematic offering. But this is one time when members of the public, theater owners, and studio executives might agree that the movies need a multiple


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