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  • Movies | October 06, 2013

    The best, worst films to watch during the Halloween season

    Loved by some and avoided by others, Halloween movies have been the source of nightmares for years. Here is The Mercury’s list of the five best: BEST MOVIES   “Hocus Pocus”   No member of Generation Y will disown “Hocus Pocus” as one of

  • Movies | October 03, 2013

    ‘Don Jon’ less than a must-see movie


    “Don Jon” is a sort of “Saturday Night Fever” for the twenty-teens. Or maybe its actually a little more like “Urban Cowboy.” Writer and director and long-time celebrity Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the John Travolta part. Gordon-Levitt’s working-class New Jersey is like Travolta’s working-class

  • Movies | October 02, 2013

    ‘Baggage Claim’ is a good-natured motion picture


    Whether moviegoers will understand the title, “Baggage Claim,” they will certainly get the story. Writer and director David E. Talbert has made a motion picture that would have been familiar seeming as far back as the age when films were routinely called “motion pictures.” But

  • Movies | September 26, 2013

    New Releases shelves loaded with good films this month


    The New Releases shelves at video stores are going to sag and groan this month, they will be that heavy with largely-popular recent general-release movies. There will be animated features like “The Croods” and “Monsters University” and special effects, action pictures like “Pacific Rim.” And

  • Movies | September 25, 2013

    ‘Prisoners’ is fascinating — too bad about that ending


    The new suspense movie “Prisoners” is fascinating—really fascinating in several ways. One is that it shows why audiences feel cheated by some story resolutions in general release pictures. Here the movie begins establishing a “clinging to their guns and religion” social and economic class,

  • Movies | September 24, 2013

    The dancing isn’t much, and neither is the dance movie


    One of the curiosities of the “dance contest” movie genre is that the films belonging to the type have had almost nothing to do with dance. Remember the “Step Up” films, with Channing Tatum or vice versa, and their successors? These modestly budgeted “chick flics”

  • Movies | September 19, 2013

    ‘Insidious 2’ is boring for awhile, then baffling


    If somebody wanted to make up a Twelve Days of “Insidious 2,” taking the list of descending numbered people and things from the new horror film, they could do a pretty good job. There are, in different time frames and in the living and ghostly worlds,

  • Movies | September 18, 2013

    ‘Family’ mostly succeeds, but misses chances to be funny


    Screenwriter and Director Luc Besson gets right to it in his new movie “The Family.” Robert DeNiro drives his wife and teen-aged kids to their new home in a village in Normandy, France. Then, while their FBI minders (headed by a character played by Tommy

  • Movies | September 17, 2013

    ‘Way, Way Back’ is a fair small-scale character movie


    “The Way, Way Back” is one of those “little” movies, character-heavy pictures, small-budget ones, that known actors sometimes get into in between bigger projects. Originally released in late July, it did good business and so has been brought to our twelve-plex. The movie stars Steve

  • Movies | September 16, 2013

    New ‘Manhattan’ has plenty to recommend it


    Last Thursday evening I was one of a large crowd at a local screening of the current draft of the new movie “Manhattan.” Most all of us must have fit into the obvious categories of people who are going to be excited about the new

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