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  • Movies | December 06, 2012

    ‘The Collection’ aims to revolt more than to scare

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    Marcus Dunstan directed “The Collection,” a movie sequel he co-wrote with Patrick Melton. The two of them had gotten in on writing some of the later sequels of “Saw,” a horror movie mostly set inside an old industrial building. The “Saws” that Dunstan and Melton

  • Movies | December 04, 2012

    Indy film has lots of problems, but a good cast

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    Don’t let them tell you we don’t ever see any “independent” movies at the local twelve-plex. This weekend one auditorium there was given over to showings of “Killing Them Softly,” which will answer just about any description of the genre. It is obscure.

  • Movies | November 27, 2012

    Even though story fades, ‘Pi’ remains pretty to look at

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    The previews for director Ang Lee’s new film, “Life of Pi” suggested it would be a sort of “Castaway,” only with a Bengal Tiger. Zookeeper Robinson Crusoe on a raft. As it turns out, about half of the movie is just what was in

  • Movies | November 26, 2012

    ‘Red Dawn’ remake has its moments

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    Time flies when we’re having fun at the movies. Though it seems like only yesterday, the boy’s adventure action-picture “Red Dawn” actually came out in 1984. The movie, about a foreign invasion by Communists of Colorado and the locals’ guerrilla response, only pleased unsophisticated

  • Movies | November 20, 2012

    ‘Lincoln’ too big in some ways

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    Stephen Spielberg’s new movie “Lincoln” contains a couple of surprises, which is something of a surprise in itself. Regular moviegoers may feel as if they have got the director’s routine figured out pretty well. After all, we’ve seen over two dozen of

  • Movies | November 19, 2012

    ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ will be success with intended audience

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    Some movies seem interesting only because of what they tell about the entertainment business. Movies directed at young women—the Sex in the City films, for instance, or “The Hunger Games”—really aren’t intended to amuse old men. The artifice these movies use to

  • Movies | November 15, 2012

    November is a weak month for new DVDs

    I haven’t seen all of the movies scheduled for release as DVDs this month. I understand “The Brave” is an admirable Disney animated film, that “ParaNorman” was a little bit of a disappointment, and that the Vince Vaughn comedy “The Watch” and “Men in

  • Movies | November 14, 2012

    New James Bond movie nears perfection

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    After fifty years, the James Bond movies are doing a little time shuffling. The latest, and one of the greatest of these, “Skyfall,” introduces Moneypenny and a new juvenile Q. It tells us something surprising of the childhood of the most famous of secret agents,

  • Movies | November 13, 2012

    ‘Man with the Iron Fists’ is over before it can become dull

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    There ought to be a name for the sub-genre of east Asian kung-fu movies which are actually westerns but with nun-chucks instead of six-shooters. An example of this sort of film is the new “Man with the Iron Fists.” And in it, just as in

  • Movies | November 12, 2012

    ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ surprisingly engaging flick

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    If anyone has ever wondered happens when the lights go off at the local arcade, “Wreck-It Ralph” gives one possibility. As soon as the doors are locked, characters from the various games hop on public transport through the power cables and visit each other, have


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