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  • Movies | March 08, 2016

    Plenty of new releases out for March ... and April


    One of the best movies of last year, “Room,” makes its first appearance on home viewing media this month. Then there’s a lot of dreck coming out, too. March is often a good month for new DVD releases, just as April is often a

  • Movies | March 01, 2016

    It’s a long way to the finish line of ‘Race’


    “Race” is a new feature film about Jessie (actually “J.C.”—an elementary school teacher mis-heard him) Owens, a quadruple Gold Medal winner. Owens, who was an African-American, won at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, apparently embarrassing racist Adolf Hitler. The movie, made by journeyman director

  • Movies | February 24, 2016

    New horror movie ‘The Witch’ is never scary


    “The Witch” is a new horror movie written and directed by Robert Eggers. Up until now, Eggers has been a costume and movie “production designer.” This may explain some things. The action takes place in a Massachusetts colony that is still in the hands of

  • Movies | February 19, 2016

    15 years later, we have ‘Zoolander 2’


    Want to feel old? Writer, director, and star Ben Stiller’s “Zoolander” came out 15 years ago. Now we have the sequel, variously referred to as “Zoolander 2” and “2lander.” His father Jerry doesn’t reprise his role in the new movie. Otherwise everybody from the first

  • Movies | February 16, 2016

    New film ‘The Choice’: Less movie, more profits


    After seeing a late afternoon showing of “The Choice,” the latest Nicholas Sparks romance movie, I came home and flipped on the TV, a rather irresponsible habit. The show I hit was a broadcast of an earlier movie based on another of the Nebraskan’s

  • Movies | February 11, 2016

    Now along comes the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ movie


    Jane Austen apparently didn’t write enough. Since the growth of her reputation as a writer, publishers have supplemented her fans’ reading diets with novels featuring Austen as a character (“Parson Austen’s Daughter” by Helen Ashton, for example), movie and television versions of her

  • Movies | February 10, 2016

    ‘Hail, Caesar!’ will please most Coen brothers fans


    There are all sorts of Coen brothers movies, including a couple of pretty weak ones. While most movie fans like Coen films, the guys who like “Fargo” obviously have different tastes from the ones who like “Raising Arizona,” those who like “O Brother, Where Art

  • Movies | February 05, 2016

    It’s hard to know why ‘50 Shades of Black’ was made


    Writer and actor Marlon Wayans, one of a sprawling family of Californians related somehow to “entertainment,” seems to have been the power behind the making of “50 Shades of Black.” So one attends this new movie with certain expectations. It will be a send-up of “50 Shades

  • Movies | February 03, 2016

    New Disney film sappy but also adventuresome


    Sometimes the Disney operation may seem like a very friendly uncle who controls your inheritance. He’s hale, hearty, well-intended, and devoted to familiar formulas—clean living, family life, and interest in nature. It isn’t that you don’t like him. But he is

  • Movies | February 02, 2016

    Western fans can enjoy ‘Jane Got a Gun’ here


    There’s a new Western showing at the local movie theater. There are all sorts of interesting features of the new feature film “Jane Got a Gun,” including its contemporary but confusing meandering from one time frame, one region, and one set of characters to

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