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  • Film too complicated to let viewer enjoy Kidman G.w.clift1

    When you expect a Nicole Kidman movie to be terrific, it often disappoints. When you have no expectations about it, the movie usually is impressive and memorable. One didn’t expect much of “Dead Calm,” “To Die For,” “Moulin Rouge,” .

  • Horror film ‘Ouija’ offers a story than makes sense G.w.clift1

    Journeyman actress Lin Shaye may have been in more movies than anyone since the end of the studio system. Including TV movies, she’s credited with 135 already. Maybe she’s best known as the particularly stomach-turning older woman in “Kingpin.” .

  • ‘Killer details’ save familiar ‘St. Vincent’ story G.w.clift1

    The Hibachi Hut has moved downtown. There’s a taco shop in the Aggieville building where Bill Murray used to sit at its bar. This fact won’t bother twenty-somethings, but to old guys like me, it seems a little .

  • It’s hard to know how to take ‘The Best of Me’ G.w.clift1

    Let’s make a brief inventory of some of the dramatic happenings in the new Nicholas Sparks movie “The Best of Me.” Three murders and a manslaughter. A divorce. Two guys blown off ships at sea. Seven wasted lives. One .

  • Animated ‘Book of Life’ found entertaining

    “The Book of Life” begins with a group of detention students arriving at the museum. Apparently on an unsupervised field trip, the guide’s joy at delivering the final tour of the day turns to despair when he sees the .

  • Animated ‘Book of Life’ found entertaining Christopher.conner1

    “The Book of Life” begins with a group of detention students arriving at the museum. Apparently on an unsupervised field trip, the guide’s joy at delivering the final tour of the day turns to despair when he sees the .

  • ‘Addicted’ is a lot like a made-for-TV movie G.w.clift1

    Remember made-for-TV movies? Maybe you recall the “movie of the week” or “after school specials.” The Hallmark Channel still seems to be making them. Disney had a recent success with its “High School Musical.” But I’m actually thinking back .

  • This ‘Fury’ isn’t about a horse G.w.clift1

    “Fury—the story of a horse and the boy who loves him.” Golly but we’ve changed since that show was a TV hit in the mid-1960s starring Peter Graves. Now, have we changed back? The new movie “Fury,” .

  • ‘Left Behind’ overcomes most of its indy limitations G.w.clift1

    The latest installment of “Left Behind” is a decent thriller with substantial suspense and some decent acting. But consider, for a moment, all the topics associated with or raised by the movie, any one of which would take a couple .

  • One ‘Very Bad Day’ good for a chuckle Christopher.conner1

    Adapted from the children’s book of the same title by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows two days in the life of the Cooper family. The first day is a typical day .

  • ‘The Judge’ doesn’t render decision on some mysteries G.w.clift1

    Here’s an example of the sort of mistake I made while watching the new movie “The Judge.” The title character, played by Robert Duval, is being tried for murder in a small town Indiana court. Defending him is his .

  • Review: ‘Dracula Untold’ action better fit for TV pilot Christopher.conner1

    Most moviegoers are familiar with the story of Vlad Dracul because of his name’s association with Bram Stoker’s book “Dracula” and more the 1992 movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” starring Gary Oldman as the original vampire. Twenty-two years after .





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