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Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | May 06, 2015

    Good things out on home viewing media

    G.w.clift1

    A number of potentially interesting movies — “A Most Violent Year,” “Taken 3,” “Paddington,” and “Seventh Son”—are out or will soon be out on home viewing media. Actually April and May are not bad new-DVD months this year. If you want a scary movie, for example,

  • Movies | May 03, 2015

    Avengers launches packed summer movie season

    Summer movie season launches this weekend with the release of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Almost every weekend brings another high-profile sequel, reboot or blockbuster to enjoy with a bucket or popcorn and a dose of arctic air conditioning. The slate of movies might be intimidating

  • Movies | April 30, 2015

    Sci fi film ‘Ex Machina’ very strong on atmosphere

    G.w.clift1

    Perhaps the substantial buzz about the new sci fi film “Ex Machina” started because the movie’s writer and director is Alex Garland. He wrote the screenplays for “Never Let Me Go” and “28 Days Later,” two category films worth thinking about. Certainly “Ex Machina”—the

  • Movies | April 24, 2015

    Unscary ‘Unfriended’ is new but already out-of-date

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    Horror movie fans, who make up a sizable percentage of movie ticket-buyers, must have thought filmmakers couldn’t come up with a cheaper way to photograph a feature film than with the single hand-held camera. Beginning with “Blair Witch Project,” writers have been generating simple

  • Movies | April 22, 2015

    If you like monkeys, you’ll like ‘Monkey Kingdom’

    Christopher.conner

    Tina Fey narrates this year’s Disney Nature Earth Day feature, “Monkey Kingdom.” Filmed in Sri Lanka, the nature documentary follows “Maya,” a low -ranking member of the toque macaque troop occupying the forest territory around a feature named castle rock. The strict social order

  • Movies | April 16, 2015

    ‘Longest Ride’ may disappoint author’s biggest fans

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    Watching movies based on Nicholas Sparks’s romance novels will make moviegoers into cynics. And it may be that the latest in this string of chick flicks, “The Longest Ride,” will produce the most silent resistance to this kind of film. The Nebraskan and author

  • Movies | April 15, 2015

    Flat ‘Woman in Gold’ may have some significant purpose

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    Simon Curtis, director of “My Week With Marilyn,” has given the story of his new film, “Woman in Gold,” just about the most vanilla treatment imaginable. It is a serviceable movie, rather than something new, and perhaps that’s what the story, based on autobiographical

  • Movies | April 07, 2015

    ‘Furious Seven’: Good thing there’s no law against noisy fun

    G.w.clift1

    The seventh movie in the loosely-organized series beginning with “The Fast and the Furious” is now in our local twelve-plex. “Furious Seven” isn’t new or imaginative and it doesn’t mean anything or, frankly, make any sense. But there’s no law against noisy

  • Movies | April 03, 2015

    Audience enjoys greater role in McCain presentation

    Christopher.conner1

    “The Intergalactic Nemesis” came to McCain Auditorium Monday. This third appearance in as many seasons brought the newly released book three of the series to the stage in Manhattan: “Twin Infinity.” A mix of graphic novel and radio play, “The Intergalactic Nemesis” uses three voice

  • Movies | March 31, 2015

    Don’t go to ‘Insurgent’ without having seen ‘Divergent’

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    Quite a few theater patrons enjoyed “Divergent,” the first movie in the series based on Veronica Roth’s books about the multi-talented girl of the future Tris. Those folks will, I suspect, enjoy what director Robert Schwentke, who earlier made “RED,” has done with the


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