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  • Movies | November 06, 2013

    ‘Last Vegas’ is sometimes funny ... sometimes not

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    It seems like an odd occasion for a movie comedy: Members of the post- WWII Baby Boom generation are aging. As we reach our sixties and, gulp, seventies, we recall our pasts and confront our mortality. That’s pretty much the idea that inspired the

  • Movies | October 30, 2013

    ‘The Counselor’ is stylish but won’t bear thinking about later

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    “The Counselor” is a stylish movie, seasoned with a little sex and a little violence, and featuring a couple of interesting acting jobs. But the movie isn’t enough fun to watch. And it won’t bear thinking about once the watching is over. The

  • Movies | October 28, 2013

    If ‘The Fifth Estate’ has an agenda, it fails to deliver it

    Christopher.conner1

    In “The Fifth Estate,” Benedict Cumberbatch portrays WikiLeaks’ controversial founder and central personality Julian Assange. The screenplay is an adaptation of two books, one written by the other central character in the film Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl). Because of this perspective, much of the

  • Movies | October 24, 2013

    Unanswered question: Why was ‘Carrie’ remade now?

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    Both before and after I watched Kimberly Peirce’s re-make of the movie “Carrie” I wondered Why? Why make another, not all that different version of the hit 1976 movie based on Stephen King’s novel? And why now? The story itself is told fairly well

  • Movies | October 21, 2013

    ‘Captain Phillips’ tells its story effectively

    Christopher.conner1

    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

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    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’

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    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

    Christopher.conner1

    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,


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