Movies

  • Summer blockbusters offer something for everyone

    Every summer Americans flock to the theaters for huge blockbusters, anticipated sequels and crowd-pleasing adaptations — not to mention the frigid blast of air conditioning. The 2014 summer season really kicked off with the release of “The Amazing Spiderman 2” and “Godzilla,” but .

  • ‘Million Dollar Arm’ has some assets, but are they enough?

    The problem with Disney’s new film “Million Dollar Arm” is that it is so very shallow. Dive into this and you’ll skin your nose. And then the film’s story—even if it is, as it claims, based .

  • ‘Neighbors’ draws good crowds, but for what? G.w.clift1

    The new film “Neighbors” sold out local showings on Friday and Saturday night immediately following its release. This reminded me of how little I understand what it is movie audiences want. On my way out to the twelve-plex to see .

  • New movie ‘Moms’ Night Out’ has some positives G.w.clift1

    The new movie comedy “Moms’ Night Out” has Sean Astin (best known as Sam in the Lord of the Rings movies), Patricia Heaton (of TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond”), Trace Atkins (a country music star), and Abbie Cobb (a young .

  • ‘Bears’ better than the average nature documentary Christopher.conner1

    After skipping a release in 2013, Disneynature returns to theatrical nature documentaries with “Bears.” Following a year in the life of a mother bear and her two cubs, “Bears” is narrated by John C. Reilly. The film begins in the den .

  • ‘Spider-Man 2’ less than the sum of its parts Christopher.conner1

    Two years after Sony Pictures reset the Spider-Man movie franchise, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” comes to the screen on a slow weekend for the cinema. Perhaps none of the big movie houses wanted to compete with Marvel properties. That’s understandable .

  • New DVDs feature titles of interest to teens G.w.clift1

    This month the new videos shelves will be heavy with copies of “Veronica Mars,” “Her,” and the remake of “Gambit.” But what’s surprising is how much the other new releases skew toward teen interest movies. There may not be .

  • ‘Other Woman’ survives despite uninspired writing, direction G.w.clift1

    The new Cameron Diaz movie “The Other Woman” may seem a little half-hearted. Director Nick Cassavettes, son of the great improviser John Cassavettes, earlier made “The Notebook,” a wet Kleenex job‹, and he has worked with Diaz before (on “Her .

  • ‘May the Fourth’ brings excitement for new film A new hope.jpeg.phatch

    Halloween is an important holiday. New Year’s Day is a big one, too. And of course, Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, humanity’s lord and savior to many people… well, that’s up there, too. But .

  • For a horror movie, ‘The Quiet Ones’ is less than scary G.w.clift1

    Ghost stories, they say, are always about history. A lot of the movie business is comforted and prompted by its own back pages. So guess what happens when a historic movie brand makes horror movies. In the case of the .

  • ‘Transcendence’ not engaging enough to hold one’s attention Christopher.conner1

    What happens when the development of Artificial Intelligence is given a jump start by uploading a conscious mind? That’s the question explored in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, “Transcendence.” Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is a top Artificial Intelligence .

  • ‘Haunted House 2’ short, but not nearly short enough G.w.clift1

    I laughed once while I was watching co-writer and star Marlon Wayans’s new parody movie “A Haunted House 2.” I’m not sure I got so much as a chuckle out of the first movie in this new sequence—the .





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