• 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 .

  • ‘I, Frankenstein’ will pass the time, if you don’t think too much G.w.clift1

    Remember the 1950s crime novel “I, the Jury”? Mickey Spillane had more publicity muscle shots taken than has Vladimir Putin during the time his Mike Hammer was the hero of relatively unsophisticated American readers. Now we get a movie called “.

  • New animated feature ‘Nut Job’ for kids only

    From five feet deep in a month known as the place to bury bad movies comes the animated feature “The Nut Job.” Will Arnett provides the voice for Surly, a selfish squirrel outcast who prefers to work only with his .

  • 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 .


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