• ‘Aloha’ odd choice for release this time of year G.w.clift1

    Cameron Crowe’s new film, “Aloha,” was released the same summer blockbuster weekend as an explosion-fest about an earthquake, a movie featuring a professional wrestler. Now “Aloha” has a big visual event for its climax. But is it noisy enough .

  • Yoakam gives Topeka crowd its money’s worth G.w.clift1

    Chuck Berry plays once a month at a bar in St. Louis. He’s 88 years old. But Bob Dylan is still out on the road, and I heard him play a show full of references to age in Kansas City .

  • ‘Poltergeist’ has everything you need in a horror film except horror G.w.clift1

    The new “Poltergeist,” a re-make of Tobe “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Hooper’s 1982 movie is the classiest horror film I’ve seen in a long time—at least since the terrific re-make of “Fright Night.” The new film, directed this time .

  • ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ isn’t quite up to standards set by original G.w.clift1

    The business of making a sequel to a cozy sort of movie comedy seems as if it ought to be simple enough. Three years ago, when “Glee” was still a popular television program, the first “Pitch Perfect” movie earned a .

  • Little film ‘Hot Pursuit’ amusing but not new G.w.clift1

    Until August, one can expect big, noisy, ticket-selling movies to be released about one a weekend. So it is a little odd that for the second weekend of May there was only one general release picture. And it is not .

  • Good things out on home viewing media G.w.clift1

    A number of potentially interesting movies — “A Most Violent Year,” “Taken 3,” “Paddington,” and “Seventh Son”—are out or will soon be out on home viewing media. Actually April and May are not bad new-DVD months this year. If you want .

  • Avengers launches packed summer movie season

    Summer movie season launches this weekend with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Almost every weekend brings another high-profile sequel, reboot or blockbuster to enjoy with a bucket or popcorn and a dose of arctic air conditioning. The slate .

  • Sci fi film ‘Ex Machina’ very strong on atmosphere G.w.clift1

    Perhaps the substantial buzz about the new sci fi film “Ex Machina” started because the movie’s writer and director is Alex Garland. He wrote the screenplays for “Never Let Me Go” and “28 Days Later,” two category films worth thinking .

  • Unscary ‘Unfriended’ is new but already out-of-date G.w.clift1

    Horror movie fans, who make up a sizable percentage of movie ticket-buyers, must have thought filmmakers couldn’t come up with a cheaper way to photograph a feature film than with the single hand-held camera. Beginning with “Blair Witch Project,” .

  • If you like monkeys, you’ll like ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Christopher.conner

    Tina Fey narrates this year’s Disney Nature Earth Day feature, “Monkey Kingdom.” Filmed in Sri Lanka, the nature documentary follows “Maya,” a low -ranking member of the toque macaque troop occupying the forest territory around a feature named castle .

  • ‘Longest Ride’ may disappoint author’s biggest fans G.w.clift1

    Watching movies based on Nicholas Sparks’s romance novels will make moviegoers into cynics. And it may be that the latest in this string of chick flicks, “The Longest Ride,” will produce the most silent resistance to this kind of .

  • Flat ‘Woman in Gold’ may have some significant purpose G.w.clift1

    Simon Curtis, director of “My Week With Marilyn,” has given the story of his new film, “Woman in Gold,” just about the most vanilla treatment imaginable. It is a serviceable movie, rather than something new, and perhaps that’s what .


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