• ‘No Good Deed’ isn’t bad, just sort of ‘Who cares?’ G.w.clift1

    Theater fans and those who like or at least remember older movies know all about “Wait Until Dark.” If they are students of screen history, they may even know that the original small scale (essentially one set) play was written .

  • ‘Identical’ doesn’t quite serve its apparent purpose G.w.clift1

    The sole new movie at the twelve-plex last weekend was “The Identical.” What’s most interesting about this modest production is that it doesn’t quite get to the subjects it seems to have been constructed to discuss. It is .

  • Football’s better than this month’s new DVDs G.w.clift1

    It is probably just as well that football and the McCain series are starting up again, as the movies scheduled for release on home viewing media aren’t going to entertain large groups. This has been a year when films .

  • Not much new in latest horror film — and that’s not bad G.w.clift1

    It may be useful to think of horror movies as a special kind of cinematic thing. Let’s say they are all versions of the same classic thing, with essentially the same story, the same kinds of incidents, established conventions .

  • Fast-paced ‘November Man’ found entertaining G.w.clift1

    There’s a new spy thriller in town, a movie called “November Man” after its central figure’s habit of leaving nothing living once he’s gone. This is an entertaining film. Pierce Brosnan stars as Peter, a former CIA .

  • ‘Dame to Kill For’ is great but empty ... and skip the 3-D G.w.clift1

    Director Robert Rodriquez has a fondness for pulp. His movies include “From Dusk Til Dawn,” the “Spy Kids” movies, the “Machete” movies, and the original “Sin City,” based closely on comic books made by writer and artist Frank Miller. He .

  • ‘If I Stay’ decently made film with a good cast G.w.clift1

    As we begin our discussion of the new teen girls movie “If I Stay,” let me slip in one note for the adult film fans. The movie features Texan Mireille Enos as the mother. Enos has had a heck of .

  • If only ‘America’ would stay on the subject G.w.clift1

    The full title of Dinesh D’Sousa’s new non-fiction film is “America: Imagine the World Without Her.” As political “documentaries” go, it is good-looking and brisk, and it will sometimes discuss ideas in a reasonable way—and this last .

  • ‘Let’s Be Cops’ was made with care and can be amusing G.w.clift1

    The new film comedy-adventure “Let’s Be Cops” reminded me of “Fired Up!” and “Miss March.” Like them, the new film had a good story and was fairly well written and developed. It was made, it seemed, more because somebody .

  • Bridges stars in ‘The Giver’ G.w.clift1

    The story is that years ago Jeff Bridges bought the option to make a film of the popular adolescents’ book “The Giver.” His idea was that his father, Lloyd “Sea Hunt” Bridges would play the title part. The actual movie .

  • Great actors keep ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’ engaging

    Based on the book by Richard C. Morais, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” begins in Mumbai, India, where the Kadam family runs a popular restaurant. Hassan (Manish Dayal) is learning to cook under his mother’s guidance. Her influence ends abruptly when .

  • Boseman’s performance is the reason to see ‘Get On Up’ G.w.clift1

    Don’t go to see the new James Brown bio-pic “Get On Up” expecting to learn the details of the odd and productive life of The Godfather of Soul. And don’t expect a greatest hits concert film. “Get On .


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