• Haphazard ‘Ride Along’ suffers from forgettable story G.w.clift1

    Apparently Antoine Fuqua’s 2001 movie “Training Day” is some sort of historic touchstone for movie-makers. I have seen it referred to a couple of times recently in films. And now there’s a comedy version of the story out, and .

  • Latest ‘Devil’s Due’ not brief enough to keep it from being trite G.w.clift1

    The newest horror movie in town is “Devil’s Due.” You may remember the title. There have been several other movies called “Devil’s Due,” one as recently as 2011, and even an episode of a “Star Trek” series bore this .

  • ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ provides enjoyable action G.w.clift1

    Every once in a while Kenneth Branaugh pops up. This week he has again come to our attention, this time as director of and villain in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” a prequel to “The Hunt for Red October” and “The .

  • ‘August, Orange County’ turns out decent screenplay G.w.clift1

    Tracy Letts, author of the recent stage play August, Orange County, has turned out a decent screenplay version of the story. Then John Wells, previously known primarily as a producer of t.v. series, has directed a good cast in .

  • New film ‘Her’ entertains better than anticipated Christopher.conner1

    Joaquin Phoenix is Theodore Twombly in director and writer Spike Jonze’s film “Her.” Theodore is a middle-aged writer, going through a divorce that is dragging on because he can’t bring himself to sign the paperwork. The film begins .

  • ‘The Legend of Hercules’ is a disappointment Christopher.conner1

    The first of at least two takes on the myth of Hercules, “The Legend of Hercules,” stars Kellan Lutz as the Greek demigod. In this version of the story, the film begins with King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) storming the city .

  • These movies were so bad they’re not even worth watching again G.w.clift1

    Movie critics are usually punished more often than they are treated. I was surprised to hear a journalist refer to last year as a particularly good one as far as new movies are concerned—I think I had just sat .

  • Performances better than plots in new crop of DVDs G.w.clift1

    I’ve been working on my annual list of the worst movies I saw the previous year. In the process,  I’ve revisited some of movies that will be available for the first time this month on home viewing .

  • ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ movie more like TV fare Christopher.conner1

    British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) brought the “Walking with Dinosaurs” mini-series to American TV screens in 2000 after airing in the UK the previous year. After thirteen years, a reworked “Walking with Dinosaurs” appears on the big screen as a feature film. .

  • ‘Hustle’ about a complicated con game it can’t explain G.w.clift1

    The 1980 “Abscam” sting led to the arrest of eight and the conviction of seven members of Congress for bribe-taking. The FBI had a couple of phony Arab sheiks offer money to the members of the House of Representatives in return .

  • ‘Anchorman 2’ isn’t as ingenious as its father G.w.clift1

    It is one of the most familiar old stories. Two veterans of a company notice that the tenure of their current boss began just about twenty years before. “He’s done a great job,” one old hand says to the .

  • Holiday movies add to enjoyment of the season Susan.withee.librarian1

    Whether you’re hosting a house full of company or hoping for some welcome time to yourself this holiday season, consider watching one of these endearing but often-overlooked popular films with Christmas or New Year’s Eve themes.  Modern .


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