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  • Movies | February 02, 2016

    Western fans can enjoy ‘Jane Got a Gun’ here

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    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

  • Movies | January 26, 2016

    Creepy ‘Boy’ commands the audience’s attention

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    The day before the dark and stormy weather begins, a young American woman is driven to a large, remote Victorian house by a black cab. Inside the house she discovers lots of oak paneling and wood carving as she looks around for the residents. They

  • Movies | January 25, 2016

    ‘Dirty Grandpa’ isn’t very good ... or funny

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    There’s a scene about a third of the way into Dan Mazer’s new comedy “Dirty Grandpa” that demonstrates almost everything there is to know about the run-up-to-the-wedding movie. Zach Ephron is playing Jason Kelly, the groom-to-be. He has been drugged by his grandfather (

  • Movies | January 20, 2016

    New ‘Ride Along’ sequel is worse than bad

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    The 2014 film “Ride Along” made my list of the worst movies of that year. It was an attempt to make a buddy comedy out of “Training Day,” with Ice Cube playing a less-corrupt version of Denzel Washington’s character and over-exposed Kevin Hart playing the

  • Movies | January 18, 2016

    ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ may disappoint some

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    The “7 o’clock” Friday night showing of Michael Bay’s new movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” drew a large crowd. As it ran, most of them seemed to be immersed in the film’s effective and sometimes bloody violence. But some of them

  • Movies | January 14, 2016

    ‘Big Short’ will cause viewers to shake their heads

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    Movie-goers can admire director Adam McKay (who usually does Will Farrell movies) for having taken the trouble to prove that film is a lousy medium for describing abstract concepts. Or they can damn him for having made the drowsy, ultimately nearly pointless “The Big Short.”

  • Movies | January 13, 2016

    As horror films go, ‘The Forest’ isn’t bad

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    Fifteen years ago we were given a terrific new horror film called “The Others,” staring Nichole Kidman as a woman living on one of Britain’s Channel Islands. Her children were essentially allergic to sunlight. I thought that movie was the best film of 2001, and

  • Movies | January 12, 2016

    New ‘Star Wars’ film solidly in the ‘good’ range

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    Disney’s first feature-length contribution to the roller coaster that is the “Star Wars” franchise hit theaters before Christmas 2015. The question of how a Star Wars severed from the creative input of the franchise’s creator, George Lucas, would stand up against the original, or

  • Movies | January 08, 2016

    Editing would have made ‘Hateful Eight’ more successful

    Bob Howard, long-time manager of the movie theaters in Manhattan and Junction City, retired at the end of 2015. I remember a lot of incidents that occurred during his time on the job, including a break-in at Seth Childs Cinema, dollar movie nights with their huge

  • Movies | January 06, 2016

    Worst films of 2015 all had problems with their story

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    Every year at about this time I write about the worst general release movies I saw in the previous year. The 2015 duds, I was surprised to realize, all tend to have one of a couple of major story-telling weaknesses. Either they don’t resolve their


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