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  • Movies | January 22, 2013

    ‘Mama’ doesn’t tackle the real issue in the film


    In 1725, some German peasants captured in the woods a boy of roughly twelve years. Peter the Wild Boy, as he came to be known, was dirty, unkempt, without any language, and without any manners. No parents or relations claimed him. He was a feral stray.

  • Movies | January 21, 2013

    Despite some weaknesses, ‘Last Stand’ is fun


    Knowing my friend has a taste for action movies, I invited him to go along to see “The Last Stand.” He said no thanks, that the movie had Johnny Knoxville in it. But it also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger. The supporting cast includes Forest Whitaker, Harry

  • Movies | January 17, 2013

    ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ engaging, thought provoking


    Beginning with cellphone and 911 calls from Sept. 11, 2001, “Zero Dark Thirty” chronicles the career of Maya (Jessica Chastain), a CIA operative doggedly pursuing the location of Osama Bin Laden. The film is divided into four parts, most of which are separated by years. Each part tells

  • Movies | January 16, 2013

    ‘Haunted House’ does a good job of being bad


    Apparently because the “Scary Movie” franchise did not provide enough of an outlet for Marlon Wayans, here comes “A Haunted House” to spoof the “Paranormal Activity” movies. In this film, Wayans portrays Malcom, a happy bachelor who has decided to record the momentous event of

  • Movies | January 14, 2013

    Problems of pace and plot mar ‘Gangster Squad’


    Set in the Los Angeles of 1949, “Gangster Squad” casts Josh Brolin as Sgt. John O’Mara, an increasingly hard to find honest cop in an increasingly corrupt city. O’Mara made it home from the war, but his sense of honor and justice are making

  • Movies | January 13, 2013

    These movies weren’t awesome, they were awful


    The easiest way to pick the worst movies of 2012 is to begin with “Les Miserables.” But it seems to me that folks know ahead of time whether or not they are going to be willing to overlook the weaknesses of a long-running musical. So I

  • Movies | January 11, 2013

    Short running time keeps ‘Promised Land’ from being a drag


    In “Promised Land”, Matt Damon portrays Steve Butler. Steve’s work involves convincing rural landowners to sell natural gas drilling rights on their property to Global Crosspower Solutions. With his partner Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) he has closed a massive number of deals over the

  • Movies | January 10, 2013

    ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’ proves a weak sequel


    The sex appeal in the new movie about Leatherface is just about the only thing that works. The film, titled “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D,” is the latest in what had been a horror movie series outrider. Since Tobe Hooper’s 1974 chiller, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” based,

  • Movies | January 09, 2013

    Addition of 3D doesn’t improve ‘Monsters Inc.’


    “Monsters Inc.” is the latest animated feature to get a 3D re-release. Originally very successful in its 2001 incarnation, this time around its success will be dependent on how many parents are willing to pay the extra three dollars a ticket on behalf of their kids.

  • Movies | January 07, 2013

    Brief reviews of new offerings at the video store


    There are video sales and rentals after the death of the Christmas season, of course. But the new releases for January aren’t quite so splashy as the ones the studios wanted you to buy as gifts. So selecting something from the new d.v.

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