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  • Movies | March 19, 2013

    Mildly-diverting ‘Burt Wonderstone’ has its moments


    If you are going to Las Vegas, let me recommend you go to Bally’s Hotel and Casino to see the long-running Jubilee! show in the large theater adjacent to the gambling floor. This is the last big Vegas extravaganza with Bob Mackie costumes and

  • Movies | March 18, 2013

    ‘The Call’ could have been much better than it is


    The new movie thriller, “The Call,” proves that efficiency isn’t a strength in itself. Apparently made on a budget, the film is directed by one of the Andersons, Brad in this case, the one who made the Christian Bale picture “The Machinist” a decade

  • Movies | March 14, 2013

    ‘Oz’ OK, but it has some acting problems


    “Oz the Great and Powerful” tells the tale of how the Wizard of Oz, originally from Kansas, ended up saving the Land of Oz from the Wicked Witch, and came to live in the Emerald City. The story begins as Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is

  • Movies | March 13, 2013

    ‘Dead Man Down’ is smart, fast crime movie


    Here’s the tip-off that “Dead Man Down,” a new crime movie, may be better than average: it has Armand Assante in it. In fact, a cursory glance at the cast list would stir the pulse of any serious movie fan. F. Murray Abraham, Salieri

  • Movies | March 07, 2013

    We have lots of choices in new videos this month


    This month folks who rent or buy DVDs of movies that recently showed in area theaters are going to have more than the usual number of choices. Those looking for films to entertain children can pick “Wreck It Ralph” or “Rise of the Guardians.” Those

  • Movies | March 06, 2013

    ‘21 & Over’ could have been more than it is


    “21 & Over” is a familiar sort of movie. It shows us college-aged kids out drinking and cavorting. And it has a Rite of Passage story, one where the central character or characters suddenly gain enough maturity to function as adults. But this time the story

  • Movies | March 05, 2013

    ‘Last Exorcism 2’ doesn’t meet standards of original


    The title sounds like a joke, doesn’t it? “The Last Exorcism 2.” Sequels are one of the curses of the movie business, and they are so common that the professionals who name movies either didn’t notice what they were doing or, more likely, they

  • Movies | March 04, 2013

    Good acting makes Ebony Theater production worthwhile


    Cheryl L. West’s “Jar the Floor” got a terrific production recently in K-State’s Purple Masque Theater. The play, directed by Libby Uthoff, was Ebony Theater’s contribution to the increasingly unfocused observance of Black History Month. But as has almost always been the

  • Movies | February 26, 2013

    ‘Dark Skies’ is a horror movie with a couple of differences


    What scares you in a horror movie? They rarely do more than make me flinch with sudden loud noises. I haven’t been frightened by a scary movie in a while, perhaps not since I saw “The Last Exorcism” in 2010 or perhaps it was when

  • Movies | February 22, 2013

    ‘Beautiful Creatures’ makes its story new


    He’s a teenager from small town South Carolina. He reads Vonnegut and Burroughs and eventually Bukowski (ugh). He sings along to his big old car’s radio as vintage Dylan plays. He knows his life will be fine once he leaves his confining hometown.

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