• ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ an improvement over ‘Planes’

    Just 11 months after releasing the first “Planes,” DisneyToon Studios dropped a sequel on this summer’s movie audiences. “Planes: Fire and Rescue” is set in the same racing obsessed, sentient vehicle inhabited world as Lightning McQueen from the highly successful “.

  • Screenplay is most basic weakness of ‘So It Goes’ G.w.clift1

    “And So It Goes” is a modest little movie. It stars actors whose big box-office days are behind them, tells a familiar story intended to soothe older patrons, and doesn’t seem to have spent much money on sets, costumes, .

  • ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ lacks stars, humor, spectacle

    “The Purge,” junior, is not a horror movie. “Anarchy,” writer and director James DeMonaco’s title for the second movie in the series, is an action movie with a political side. This is unfortunate. Horror movies allow opportunities for imagination .

  • ‘Korengal’ is inferior to ‘Restrepo,’ but still worthwhile G.w.clift1

    Documentary films are very different from the narrative films we usually see at the twelve-plex. Far too many of them are made for political reasons. The few that make it into general release, and into our commercial theaters, are usually .

  • ‘Sex Tape’: Old name, old idea, but kind of a fun film G.w.clift1

    There is usually something significant about the language we choose to use. Well, despite the “digital revolution,” we are still, apparently, choosing to call audio-video recordings “sex tapes.” So, six years after “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” Hollywood is .

  • War film screening, question-and-answer session set

    Independent film “KORENGAL: This is What War Feels Like” explores the questions behind combat. It will premiere for one week in Manhattan starting 7 p.m. on Friday at the Carmike Seth Childs 12 theater, 2610 Farm Bureau Road. The film, directed New .

  • ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ doesn’t move the story forward G.w.clift1

    Let’s get started right now fabricating the title of the next Planet of the Apes film. We’ve already had “Planet of the Apes” twice, in 1968 and, as if we needed the exercise repeated, in 2001. We’ve had “Beneath .

  • Bana best thing in high-powered ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ G.w.clift1

    Do you suppose Eric Bana is the greatest movie actor of his generation? Even film fans who have forgotten his past performances (in movies like “Munich,” “Hanna,” “Troy,” “Lucky You,” “Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Funny People,” “Star Trek,” and “The .

  • Attractive, well-acted ‘Chef’ hardly makes a ripple G.w.clift1

    Even some Manhattanites who are aware of the recently released and much praised “Chef” may not know it has arrived here. They won’t know why it is playing two matinees every afternoon and no evening shows. Heck, they won’.

  • This ‘Tammy’ is not in any way memorable G.w.clift1

    During the showing of the new movie “Tammy” that I attended, my companion told me the film was “tedious.” On reflection, I think a better word to describe this new screen comedy is “forgettable.” Here we are in the season .

  • And, so now we have ‘Think Like a Man Too’ G.w.clift1

    Steve Harvey, who is currently the host of the TV game show “Family Feud,” has been a comedian, a journeyman comic actor, and the author of a self-help book for women called “Act Like a Lady; Think Like a Man.” .

  • ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ keeps kids, their adult entertained

    The sequel to Dreamworks’ 2010 feature “How to Train Your Dragon” begins five years after the Vikings of Berk made peace with the dragons that once plagued their town. While most of the young dragon riders compete in Berk’s dragon .


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