• ‘Pompeii’ story is weak, but visuals are spectacular G.w.clift1

    If you go to see the new film “Pompeii,” pay the extra money and see the three-dimensional version. This is a visual movie first, foremost, and altogether. And certainly the historic occasion gives the movie lots of opportunities for spectacular .

  • Writer/director experiments with familiar formula G.w.clift1

    All good action movie fans know the Luc Besson formula. The French writer and director, who got his start with surprisingly Hollywood movies like “La Femme Nikita” and “The Professional,” now has a scheme for making successful shoot ’em ups .

  • Movie ‘Endless Love’ strictly for 12-year-old girls G.w.clift1

    Bob Walkenhorst wrote, “Some things are classic/Some things are just old.” The new movie “Endless Love” is a very simple romance, so straight-forward a cliché that it would be irritating except that after the first reel most viewers really .

  • New ‘Robocop’ tackles contemporary issue G.w.clift1

    The new re-make of the 1985 movie “Robocop” is topical. It is about ethical questions involved in the public discussion of the use of remote control “drone” weapons. It is easy enough for director Jose Padiha to get to the issue .

  • ‘Winter’s Tale’ a likable film with a good cast G.w.clift1

    Remember Eva Marie Saint? She was the female lead in two legendary motion pictures, “On the Waterfront” and Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”—Cary Grant tosses her onto the top bunk in the railroad car sleeping compartment in the last .

  • New film ‘Philomena’ found not too entertaining G.w.clift1

    Steve Coogan has a couple of favorite topics. Sometimes it is not good to have Joneses. The remarkably hard-working English writer, actor, and comedian who gave us “Hamlet 2” and has starred in lots of other films, including “Tropic Thunder,” “Hot .

  • ‘About Last Night,’ Version 2, sort of ho-hum entertainment G.w.clift1

    The new movie “About Last Night” is a re-make of a sanitized version of a David Mamet play. The original movie, also called “About Last Night,” was a 1986 feature starring Rob Lowe (pre-scandal), Demi Moore (pre-surgery), James Belushi (pre-television), and, .

  • ‘Monument Men’ doesn’t accomplish the tasks films should G.w.clift1

    The new movie “Monuments Men” is a bit of a disappointment. It is about art and about Americans in the Second World War and the cast includes Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray. So we had some reason to hope. The .

  • Lots of laughs in attractive K-State theater G.w.clift1

    God of Carnage is funny. The K-State Theater presentation of the play, directed by Jerry Jay Cranford, is a mix of farce and black comedy, so it is sweet and tangy as well as true, a little scary, and guaranteed .

  • ‘Labor Day’ is a Valentine’s Day offering, with a few trimmings

    Movie fans know Joyce Maynard through the film version of her novel “To Die For,” though one suspects Buck Henry’s screenplay influences our estimation of the story. Maynard has also been in the news because of her decision to .

  • For contemporary war action, here’s a movie for you G.w.clift1

    Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg and his brother Donnie have had long and varied careers as American entertainers. The older Donnie is still active as an actor (recently in “Saw” series movies and in television) and as a television producer. But .

  • ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ part history, part horror movie G.w.clift1

    The feel-bad movie of 2013 has arrived in Manhattan, re-issued now that it has been nominated for a number of awards, including eight Oscars. The movie is “Twelve Years a Slave,” made by the British director Steve McQueen and starring the .


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