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  • Movies | April 03, 2013

    Sci fi flick ‘The Host’ proves uninteresting


    What are we to make of the fact that the new science fiction movie in town, “The Host,” opened on Good Friday? The eventual resolution to the basic problems put forward in the story is a sort of mutual understanding that is associated with Christianity.

  • Movies | April 01, 2013

    How did this one-man movie machine fail his audience?


    I’ve been to see a lot of Tyler Perry’s baggy pants comedies and race-specific melodramas. But before I saw his latest, “Temptation,” I’d never known his audience to dismiss one of his movie stories before. Last Saturday night, the first weekend the

  • Movies | March 27, 2013

    Too much yammering kills action picture


    “Olympus Has Fallen” demonstrates one of the great truisms about action movies. So long as guys are shooting, flying, running, and fighting, this new Antoine Fuqua film is fun to watch. When it gets to talking, all interest dies. In a good action picture—”In

  • Movies | March 25, 2013

    ‘Admission’: What’s the point of it all, anyway?


    It is difficult to categorize the new film “Admission.” And I mean that in a bad way. If we assume that it was intended to be a comedy—and it stars Paul Rudd and Tina Fey, so that assumption is not without basis—it is

  • Movies | March 19, 2013

    Mildly-diverting ‘Burt Wonderstone’ has its moments


    If you are going to Las Vegas, let me recommend you go to Bally’s Hotel and Casino to see the long-running Jubilee! show in the large theater adjacent to the gambling floor. This is the last big Vegas extravaganza with Bob Mackie costumes and

  • Movies | March 18, 2013

    ‘The Call’ could have been much better than it is


    The new movie thriller, “The Call,” proves that efficiency isn’t a strength in itself. Apparently made on a budget, the film is directed by one of the Andersons, Brad in this case, the one who made the Christian Bale picture “The Machinist” a decade

  • Movies | March 14, 2013

    ‘Oz’ OK, but it has some acting problems


    “Oz the Great and Powerful” tells the tale of how the Wizard of Oz, originally from Kansas, ended up saving the Land of Oz from the Wicked Witch, and came to live in the Emerald City. The story begins as Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is

  • Movies | March 13, 2013

    ‘Dead Man Down’ is smart, fast crime movie


    Here’s the tip-off that “Dead Man Down,” a new crime movie, may be better than average: it has Armand Assante in it. In fact, a cursory glance at the cast list would stir the pulse of any serious movie fan. F. Murray Abraham, Salieri

  • Movies | March 07, 2013

    We have lots of choices in new videos this month


    This month folks who rent or buy DVDs of movies that recently showed in area theaters are going to have more than the usual number of choices. Those looking for films to entertain children can pick “Wreck It Ralph” or “Rise of the Guardians.” Those

  • Movies | March 06, 2013

    ‘21 & Over’ could have been more than it is


    “21 & Over” is a familiar sort of movie. It shows us college-aged kids out drinking and cavorting. And it has a Rite of Passage story, one where the central character or characters suddenly gain enough maturity to function as adults. But this time the story

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