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  • Movies | February 19, 2013

    ‘Side Effects’ could have been a lot of fun, but isn’t


    The failure of Steven Soderbergh’s new movie “Side Effects” can be explained simply if we accept the notion that the movie was at first intended as an attack on Big Drug Companies. Then a little over half-way through, the filmmakers seem to have realized

  • Movies | February 12, 2013

    Lots of crime action fans will enjoy ‘Bullet to the Head’


    It may be too soon to say we’ve entered a new golden age of crime action movies. But we have been on a little run of good ones. The most recent Bond movie, “Skyfall,” was just terrific. Tom Cruise had a good one in

  • Movies | January 31, 2013

    Brighten up February with a DVD or two


    February sometimes seems like the longest month of all. It can be cold. Folks can get isolated. But before cabin fever kicks in, you might want to check out a newly-released DVD of a recent general-release motion picture. There are some interesting ones scheduled out

  • Movies | January 29, 2013

    There isn’t anything not to like in ‘Parker’


    The plot of the new caper movie “Parker” may seem similar in some ways to the one for the quirky 1999 crime thriller “Payback,” a Mel Gibson film far more popular on TV than it was in theaters. The two movies were each based on novels

  • Movies | January 24, 2013

    More smoke than substance in ‘Broken City’


    “Murky,” I think we’d call the new movie “Broken City.” It was intended as a political thriller and then released right after a presidential election, when everybody is absolutely sick of campaigning. It gives its audience a big hunk of a New York City

  • Movies | January 22, 2013

    ‘Mama’ doesn’t tackle the real issue in the film


    In 1725, some German peasants captured in the woods a boy of roughly twelve years. Peter the Wild Boy, as he came to be known, was dirty, unkempt, without any language, and without any manners. No parents or relations claimed him. He was a feral stray.

  • Movies | January 21, 2013

    Despite some weaknesses, ‘Last Stand’ is fun


    Knowing my friend has a taste for action movies, I invited him to go along to see “The Last Stand.” He said no thanks, that the movie had Johnny Knoxville in it. But it also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. The supporting cast includes Forest Whitaker, Harry

  • Movies | January 17, 2013

    ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ engaging, thought provoking


    Beginning with cellphone and 911 calls from Sept. 11, 2001, “Zero Dark Thirty” chronicles the career of Maya (Jessica Chastain), a CIA operative doggedly pursuing the location of Osama Bin Laden. The film is divided into four parts, most of which are separated by years. Each part tells

  • Movies | January 16, 2013

    ‘Haunted House’ does a good job of being bad


    Apparently because the “Scary Movie” franchise did not provide enough of an outlet for Marlon Wayans, here comes “A Haunted House” to spoof the “Paranormal Activity” movies. In this film, Wayans portrays Malcom, a happy bachelor who has decided to record the momentous event of

  • Movies | January 14, 2013

    Problems of pace and plot mar ‘Gangster Squad’


    Set in the Los Angeles of 1949, “Gangster Squad” casts Josh Brolin as Sgt. John O’Mara, an increasingly hard to find honest cop in an increasingly corrupt city. O’Mara made it home from the war, but his sense of honor and justice are making

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