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  • Movies | December 27, 2012

    ‘Jack Reacher’ is worth the hefty admission price

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    A general admission ticket to see a movie on a Friday or Saturday evening at the local movie house now costs $10. So the films had better be pretty good. Luckily “Jack Reacher,” the new Tom Cruise movie, is pretty good. It is a detective story

  • Movies | December 26, 2012

    Any movie in town is better than ‘The Guilt Trip’

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    I can’t imagine that there would be much controversy over whether or not the new movie “The Guilt Trip” is a success. Moviegoers may be bored by it, irritated by it, made uneasy by it, or left utterly unmoved by it. But there was

  • Movies | December 20, 2012

    ‘Rise of the Guardians’ tackles cliches around childhood fantasies

    In “Rise of the Guardians,” DreamWorks Animation’s adaptation of William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood books, Jack Frost is a boy without a past. The first thing he remembers is darkness and fear. After the dark came the light of the moon that

  • Movies | December 19, 2012

    We’ll have to wait to see if ‘Unexpected Journey’ served its purpose

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    When Peter Jackson agreed to tackle J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” a collective sigh of relief went out across the world of “Lord of the Rings” fans. This time, Jackson decided to make a single, relatively short novel into three full-length movies. The

  • Movies | December 12, 2012

    There’s a DVD for everyone this holiday season

    December is often a strong month for new DVD releases. Folks buying Christmas presents apparently buy some movies available for the first time on home viewing media. The studios compete, offering potential gifts drawn from lists of recent general-release movies. So if you can’t

  • Movies | December 11, 2012

    ‘Playing for Keeps’: Film’s comedy doesn’t work at all

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    After seeing “Playing for Keeps,” viewers may leave the theater shaking their heads. This is the only new movie in town one weekend during the Christmas season? Was there something wrong with the lighting? Why did Uma and Zeta Jones look so odd in that?

  • Movies | December 06, 2012

    ‘The Collection’ aims to revolt more than to scare

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    Marcus Dunstan directed “The Collection,” a movie sequel he co-wrote with Patrick Melton. The two of them had gotten in on writing some of the later sequels of “Saw,” a horror movie mostly set inside an old industrial building. The “Saws” that Dunstan and Melton

  • Movies | December 04, 2012

    Indy film has lots of problems, but a good cast

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    Don’t let them tell you we don’t ever see any “independent” movies at the local twelve-plex. This weekend one auditorium there was given over to showings of “Killing Them Softly,” which will answer just about any description of the genre. It is obscure.

  • Movies | November 27, 2012

    Even though story fades, ‘Pi’ remains pretty to look at

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    The previews for director Ang Lee’s new film, “Life of Pi” suggested it would be a sort of “Castaway,” only with a Bengal Tiger. Zookeeper Robinson Crusoe on a raft. As it turns out, about half of the movie is just what was in

  • Movies | November 26, 2012

    ‘Red Dawn’ remake has its moments

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    Time flies when we’re having fun at the movies. Though it seems like only yesterday, the boy’s adventure action-picture “Red Dawn” actually came out in 1984. The movie, about a foreign invasion by Communists of Colorado and the locals’ guerrilla response, only pleased unsophisticated


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