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  • Movies | April 19, 2013

    End of an era for the Zucker/Proft parody

    G.w.clift1

    It hasn’t been all that long since one could walk into almost any college classroom before the session began, get the students’ attention, say “Neidermeyer?” aloud, and expect half the people in the room to reply: “Dead.” Such was the popularity of “Animal House.”

  • Movies | April 18, 2013

    Jackie Robinson film is OK, but it’s not a baseball movie

    G.w.clift1

    The first thing one needs to know about the new movie “42” is that it is not a baseball movie. It is a movie about social history. There is relatively little baseball action in it. Don’t buy a ticket expecting “It Happens Every Spring” or

  • Movies | April 17, 2013

    ‘Camp’ modest in story, cinematic sophistication

    G.w.clift1

    At the beginning of “Camp,” a new indy movie currently playing at the local twelve-plex, there is a passage about the tough life of ten-year-old Eli (Miles Elliot). His mother doesn’t want him to leave his room in their shack of a house. She

  • Movies | April 15, 2013

    ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ generally entertaining but forgettable

    Christopher.conner

    “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” features Dwayne Johnson as “Roadblock,” Adrianne Palicki as “Lady Jaye” and D.J. Cotrona as “Flint,” three members of an elite military unit. When the president of Pakistan is assassinated, the ensuing riots and destabilized government causes the US to fear

  • Movies | April 11, 2013

    There are better films than this month’s DVD releases

    G.w.clift1

    The recent general-release movies—the ones that showed here in town at the twelve-plex—that are scheduled for distribution as DVDs this month are only five in number. Five. Total. “Django Unchained,” an un-acknowledged re-make and “Gangster Squad,” a mob movie that may not have

  • Movies | April 10, 2013

    ‘Evil Dead’ re-make pleases viewers more than critic

    G.w.clift1

    The re-make of “Evil Dead” has Sam Raimi (who gave us the Spiderman movies, among other things) as a Producer rather than a Writer. But by getting his participation, the studio was able to advertise the new movie as being by the makers of the

  • Movies | April 03, 2013

    Sci fi flick ‘The Host’ proves uninteresting

    G.w.clift1

    What are we to make of the fact that the new science fiction movie in town, “The Host,” opened on Good Friday? The eventual resolution to the basic problems put forward in the story is a sort of mutual understanding that is associated with Christianity.

  • Movies | April 01, 2013

    How did this one-man movie machine fail his audience?

    G.w.clift1

    I’ve been to see a lot of Tyler Perry’s baggy pants comedies and race-specific melodramas. But before I saw his latest, “Temptation,” I’d never known his audience to dismiss one of his movie stories before. Last Saturday night, the first weekend the

  • Movies | March 27, 2013

    Too much yammering kills action picture

    G.w.clift1

    “Olympus Has Fallen” demonstrates one of the great truisms about action movies. So long as guys are shooting, flying, running, and fighting, this new Antoine Fuqua film is fun to watch. When it gets to talking, all interest dies. In a good action picture—”In

  • Movies | March 25, 2013

    ‘Admission’: What’s the point of it all, anyway?

    G.w.clift1

    It is difficult to categorize the new film “Admission.” And I mean that in a bad way. If we assume that it was intended to be a comedy—and it stars Paul Rudd and Tina Fey, so that assumption is not without basis—it is


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