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  • Movies | October 21, 2013

    ‘Captain Phillips’ tells its story effectively


    As someone who followed news of the Maersk Alabama in 2009, I was curious how director Paul Greengrass would approach the story in “Captain Phillips.” The film begins as Phillips (Tom Hanks) prepares to leave his Vermont home to catch a flight. He is scheduled to

  • Movies | October 16, 2013

    ‘Machete Kills’  amusing, colorful when the talking doesn’t interfere


    Robert Rodriguez is one of the 10 best movie directors working. Period. This is not to say that his films—“El Mariachi,” “From Dawn to Dusk,” the four “Spy Kids” movies, “Sin City,” the successful half of “Grindhouse,” “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl,” and the

  • Movies | October 15, 2013

    Good cast carries KSU production of ‘Detroit’


    Director Dylan Rogerson’s version of Lisa D’Amour’s award-winning play Detroit entertained crowds in K-State’s Purple Masque Theater recently. The playwright is from New Orleans and the break-out production of the play was at Chicago’s Steppenwolf. It has also been done

  • Movies | October 10, 2013

    ‘Gravity’ a stunning movie with a powerful story


    I once heard someone remark that if you are needing a character in your writing to die, make sure that character earns it. The implication being not that the character deserves to die, but it is real enough there is some point to the death.

  • Movies | October 09, 2013

    Hemsworth impressive in otherwise dull ‘Rush’

    While I found Ron “Opie” Howard’s new film “Rush” to be a bore, I was impressed by the performance in it by Chris “Thor” Hemsworth. He plays James Hunt, Maclaren’s lead driver in the 1976 Gran Prix Formula One series. Hemsworth makes the lovable

  • Movies | October 08, 2013

    Latest Momix show at Kansas State pleases all ages

    This last Friday the modern dance company Momix returned to K-State’s McCain Auditorium for the first time in a couple of years. The Connecticut-based outfit is pretty well-known to local audiences, having entertained on the McCain stage at least a couple of times earlier,

  • Movies | October 08, 2013

    McCain ‘Price is Right’ only a shadow of the TV show


    On Sunday, iconic game show “The Price is Right” came to McCain Auditorium in the form of “The Price is Right Live Stage Show.” The stage version of the long-running and popular game show began nearly ten years ago and has given out cash and

  • 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

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