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  • Movies | January 04, 2013

    ‘Django Unchained’ like a darker ‘Blazing Saddles’


    I went into Django Unchained with some preconceptions. Being written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, a measure of gore and offensive language is to be expected. Then there is Jamie Foxx, who plays the lead role. From the clips I saw in previews and on

  • Movies | January 03, 2013

    Viewers will enjoy or be bored by ‘Parental Guidance’


    “Some things are classic—some things are just old,” wrote Bob Walkenhorst. Viewers attending showings of the new movie “Parental Guidance” are going to enjoy or be bored by the film depending on whether they think it is harkening back to great cinematic entertainment of

  • Movies | January 02, 2013

    Cirque du Soleil movie not as good as the real thing


    At one point in 2011, Cirque du Soleil had seven shows on seven stages in Las Vegas. “Worlds Away” takes video from some acts of those seven performances and blends them into a surreal dream world. In “Worlds Away” Mia (Erica Linz) is a demure figure,

  • Movies | December 28, 2012

    Viewers will remember and talk about ‘This is 40’


    The new movie “This is 40” is emotionally very effective. Viewers will remember it and will probably want to talk about it later. The story is about a load of troubles of different sorts that married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) find almost

  • Movies | December 27, 2012

    ‘Jack Reacher’ is worth the hefty admission price


    A general admission ticket to see a movie on a Friday or Saturday evening at the local movie house now costs $10. So the films had better be pretty good. Luckily “Jack Reacher,” the new Tom Cruise movie, is pretty good. It is a detective story

  • Movies | December 26, 2012

    Any movie in town is better than ‘The Guilt Trip’


    I can’t imagine that there would be much controversy over whether or not the new movie “The Guilt Trip” is a success. Moviegoers may be bored by it, irritated by it, made uneasy by it, or left utterly unmoved by it. But there was

  • Movies | December 20, 2012

    ‘Rise of the Guardians’ tackles cliches around childhood fantasies

    In “Rise of the Guardians,” DreamWorks Animation’s adaptation of William Joyce’s The Guardians of Childhood books, Jack Frost is a boy without a past. The first thing he remembers is darkness and fear. After the dark came the light of the moon that

  • Movies | December 19, 2012

    We’ll have to wait to see if ‘Unexpected Journey’ served its purpose


    When Peter Jackson agreed to tackle J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” a collective sigh of relief went out across the world of “Lord of the Rings” fans. This time, Jackson decided to make a single, relatively short novel into three full-length movies. The

  • Movies | December 12, 2012

    There’s a DVD for everyone this holiday season

    December is often a strong month for new DVD releases. Folks buying Christmas presents apparently buy some movies available for the first time on home viewing media. The studios compete, offering potential gifts drawn from lists of recent general-release movies. So if you can’t

  • Movies | December 11, 2012

    ‘Playing for Keeps’: Film’s comedy doesn’t work at all


    After seeing “Playing for Keeps,” viewers may leave the theater shaking their heads. This is the only new movie in town one weekend during the Christmas season? Was there something wrong with the lighting? Why did Uma and Zeta Jones look so odd in that?

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