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  • Movies | October 15, 2012

    Talented, energetic cast lifts film from the ordinary


    Now let’s see if we can recall all seven of the killers referred to in the title. The new movie “Seven Psychopaths” has a masked killer who kills mob hit men and leaves a jack of diamonds on each corpse. Screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell)

  • Movies | October 12, 2012

    ‘Hotel Transylvania’ is less than it should have been


    In the new movie “Hotel Transylvania,” to raise his infant daughter in a safe environment, Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) builds a resort for monsters where they will be safe from humans.   Every year, on his daughter’s birthday, Dracula invites all of his monster

  • Movies | October 11, 2012

    ‘Taken 2’ cheap, thin, disappointing


    Usually the third movie in a series is the disappointment. “Rocky II”? Not so bad. “The Empire Strikes Back”? Solid entertainment. So moviegoers can be forgiven for being surprised by how weak the second movie in Luc Besson’s “Taken” series turned out to be.

  • Movies | October 09, 2012

    ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and other new video releases

    There may be a lot of recent movies that will be making their first appearances on home viewing media this month, but I really only want to see one of them again, and that’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” It is my favorite new movie of the

  • Movies | October 08, 2012

    ‘Won’t Back Down’ earns low marks for clarity

    Topical movies — essays in film about current events — make all sorts of problems for themselves and for critics. The topical movie currently showing in town is called “Won’t Back Down,” which suggests action this sort of film really can’t by definition provide. “Won’

  • Movies | October 04, 2012

    ‘Loopers’ isn’t great, but it is pretty good

    Writer, Director, and Editor Rian Johnson’s “Loopers” wants to be a big, important movie about an idea. But when the idea is sprung on us in the film’s last ten minutes, this comes as a surprise. Sometimes it can be a rush, finally

  • Movies | October 03, 2012

    ‘Hungarian Rhapsody’ follows the exploits of a rock band

    Three years before the destruction of the Berlin Wall, the British rock band Queen played a concert in a soccer stadium in Budapest. These sorts of intrusions behind the Iron Curtain by representatives of western pop culture were rare at the time, in part because,

  • Movies | September 28, 2012

    ‘Dredd’ gives its viewers exactly what they expect

    Sometimes Hollywood re-uses good ideas. Karl Urban, who played Bones in the most recent “Star Trek” movie, maybe the best cast film I’ve ever seen, will again play the Enterprise’s doctor in the sequel to that film, “Into Darkness.” Good. He was great

  • Movies | September 25, 2012

    ‘Trouble with the Curve’ lets us down in the last reel


    Robert Lorenz’s first feature as director is a movie that wants to be a baseball classic, something that will get replayed on TV around the beginning of the play-offs for forty years. “Trouble with the Curve” has features of interest. But the script lets

  • Movies | September 24, 2012

    ‘House at the End ...’ is a small, formula movie

    Alfred Hitchcock figured out the method that Jonathan Mostow uses to make himself rich. Hitchcock’s method is, of course, the Thriller, a kind of movie he invented while he was still doing silent films in England. Toward the end of his career he could

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