Sunday, April 26, 2015



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | January 28, 2015

    Paddington Bear finally brought to big screen

    Christopher.conner1

    It took seven years to bring Paddington Bear, the marmalade loving children’s book character from darkest Peru, to the big screen. “Paddington” stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown. The risk-averse Henry Brown and the compassionate Mary are on opposite

  • Movies | January 27, 2015

    ‘Mortdecai’ good-natured but only occasionally funny

    G.w.clift1

    Johnny Depp is back on the big screen in his sort of shambling comic film, “Mortdecai,” directed by David Koepp, who gave us the undervalued “Stir of Echoes” and “Ghost Town.” As is the case in those very entertaining movies, Koepp relies heavily on an

  • Movies | January 23, 2015

    ‘Blackhat’ feels like a sequel that is missing part one

    Christopher.conner1

    Chris Hemsworth stars as improbably physical computer hacker Nick Hathaway in director Michael Mann’s “Blackhat.” Serving time for hacking some bank computer systems, Hemsworth finds a way to use his skills by hacking over a cellphone. The unrepentant Hathaway carries his hacking attitude in

  • Movies | January 21, 2015

    ‘Wedding Ringer’ lacks laughs or any memorable incidents

    G.w.clift1

    One used to read the term “half-baked” every now and then. Ideas were said to be “half-baked,” for example. Now that we no longer do anything near an oven ourselves, I wonder if this descriptive term means much to us. If you want to know

  • Movies | January 19, 2015

    Crowd seems to love newest Eastwood project

    G.w.clift1

    The large crowds of people going to see Clint Eastwood’s newest directorial project, “American Sniper,” seem to be enjoying it thoroughly. On its first Friday in town the 4 o’clock show sold out, the ushers all told me I was in for a treat,

  • Movies | January 16, 2015

    Not many treasures on new-DVD shelves

    G.w.clift1

    No, 2014 wasn’t a great year for the movies. Only one summer blockbuster did continuing business—”Guardians of the Galaxy.” The serious movies for people over the age of 30 were mostly cinematic wastes of time. The juvenile comedies weren’t very funny. Even to juveniles.

  • Movies | January 14, 2015

    ‘Taken 3’ proves tiring

    Christopher.conner1

    In the third, and supposedly final, installment of the Taken movie franchise, Liam Neeson returns to the roll of Bryan Mills. After two films involving an initial abduction, “Taken 3” respins the plot of “The Fugitive,” only Mills’ friends are more skilled than Dr. Kimble could

  • Movies | January 13, 2015

    ‘Selma’ offers powerful story, well presented

    Christopher.conner1

    Chronicling the events leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “Selma” centers on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to get federal legislation to end discriminatory voter rules and regulations across the South. David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King

  • Movies | January 12, 2015

    Despite its flaws, ‘Wild’ still worth seeing

    Christopher.conner1

    Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (director of “Dallas Buyer’s Club”), “Wild” follows the author Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone. The film begins with Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) at the point in the hike when one of her toenails is falling

  • Movies | January 11, 2015

    Performances make ‘Big Eyes’ fun to watch

    Christopher.conner1

    Based on the paintings of Margaret Keane and the controversies surrounding them, “Big Eyes” follows the painter through the ’50s and ’60s. The Tim Burton produced and directed film begins at a printer producing mass reproductions of a painting featuring a haunting, large eyed child.


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