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  • Movies | January 08, 2014

    Performances better than plots in new crop of DVDs

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    I’ve been working on my annual list of the worst movies I saw the previous year. In the process,  I’ve revisited some of movies that will be available for the first time this month on home viewing media. Some of the films,

  • Movies | December 30, 2013

    ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ movie more like TV fare

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    British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) brought the “Walking with Dinosaurs” mini-series to American TV screens in 2000 after airing in the UK the previous year. After thirteen years, a reworked “Walking with Dinosaurs” appears on the big screen as a feature film. The film version deviates from

  • Movies | December 26, 2013

    ‘Hustle’ about a complicated con game it can’t explain

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    The 1980 “Abscam” sting led to the arrest of eight and the conviction of seven members of Congress for bribe-taking. The FBI had a couple of phony Arab sheiks offer money to the members of the House of Representatives in return for favors. Folks may think

  • Movies | December 23, 2013

    ‘Anchorman 2’ isn’t as ingenious as its father

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    It is one of the most familiar old stories. Two veterans of a company notice that the tenure of their current boss began just about twenty years before. “He’s done a great job,” one old hand says to the other. “But he’ll never

  • Holidays |Movies | December 22, 2013

    Holiday movies add to enjoyment of the season

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    Whether you’re hosting a house full of company or hoping for some welcome time to yourself this holiday season, consider watching one of these endearing but often-overlooked popular films with Christmas or New Year’s Eve themes.  Modern comedies, sublime romances, and forgotten

  • Movies | December 20, 2013

    ‘Smaug’ story is entertaining, but it ends too abruptly

    Peter Jackson takes on the middle portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” in last weekend’s top box office release, “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,” centering on the exploits of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he and his companions continue their quest

  • Movies | December 18, 2013

    Acting, writing show signs of fatigue in ‘Madea Christmas’

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    Tyler Perry makes a slew of movies and TV series every year. In 2013 he directed three of each. Then he acts, he produces, he writes, and he does stage plays as well as filmed things. Naturally he has patterns he follows—it would take an

  • Movies | December 16, 2013

    Setzer’s Christmas show here is loud, flashy, fast

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    Brian Setzer, who appeared in K-State’s McCain Auditorium last week, is a remarkable musician. He must have been born with huge talent and then he must have spent the last forty or so years lying around the house with an arch top Gretsch guitar

  • Movies | December 12, 2013

    Disney’s ‘Frozen’ proves surprisingly entertaining

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    On initial presentation, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s “Frozen” looks like it will be the typical princess verses evil relative kind of story common in the Disney archives. It doesn’t take long for this film to ditch that expectation. The movie’s heroine, Anna (

  • Movies | December 11, 2013

    ‘Out of the Furnace’ is the right movie at the wrong time

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    Into the Christmas season’s stocking, an amalgam of Hollywood production companies has dumped “Out of the Furnace” like a handful of coal and an assortment of switches. We’re wanting festive, cozy jollity. This movie is bitter, fate-ridden unhappiness. This is not to say


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