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  • Movies | May 06, 2013

    Dialog is good enough to carry ‘The Big Wedding’

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    The new multi-star screen comedy “The Big Wedding” is the American version of a 2006 French movie about a Swiss family that years ago adopted a Vietnamese boy. In our version, it is an American family that years ago adopted a Colombian boy. But the smugness

  • Movies | May 02, 2013

    ‘Pain and Gain’ is risky for the $10 admission price

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    There are some folks in Riley County who are going to enjoy seeing “Pain and Gain,” Michael Bay’s latest cinematic offering. But this is one time when members of the public, theater owners, and studio executives might agree that the movies need a multiple

  • Movies | April 30, 2013

    Some things aren’t quite right in ‘The Company You Keep’

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    Robert Redford directed and starred in a movie called “The Company You Keep” which has reached the local twelveplex. The film is a wheezy sort of chase thriller, but it does have several features that will provoke discussion, at least if you and your friends

  • Movies | April 26, 2013

    Top-notch actors fortify ‘Place Beyond the Pines’

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    “The Place Beyond the Pines” has three interlocked stories to tell. They are very simple stories. If viewers don’t take to the film’s lush images, they may think the stories dreadfully simple. Among the movie’s actors are a couple of our best,

  • Movies | April 25, 2013

    Fans of sci-fi may find some positives in ‘Oblivion’

    Christopher.conner

    Set in 2077, “Oblivion” stars Tom Cruise as drone repair technician 49, Jack Harper. Jack and his mission coordinator and lover Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) are the last two humans on Earth. Sixty years earlier, an alien spacecraft destroyed the moon, causing havoc as tidal forces instantly shifted

  • Movies | April 21, 2013

    Film gives snapshot of legend but fails to show bigger picture

    At the conclusion of at least one screening of “42,” the new Jackie Robinson biopic, here last week, the audience suddenly broke out in applause. I’m not a big movie-goer, but that was a first in my lifetime. The audience reaction was, I thought, plainly

  • Movies | April 19, 2013

    End of an era for the Zucker/Proft parody

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    It hasn’t been all that long since one could walk into almost any college classroom before the session began, get the students’ attention, say “Neidermeyer?” aloud, and expect half the people in the room to reply: “Dead.” Such was the popularity of “Animal House.”

  • Movies | April 18, 2013

    Jackie Robinson film is OK, but it’s not a baseball movie

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    The first thing one needs to know about the new movie “42” is that it is not a baseball movie. It is a movie about social history. There is relatively little baseball action in it. Don’t buy a ticket expecting “It Happens Every Spring” or

  • Movies | April 17, 2013

    ‘Camp’ modest in story, cinematic sophistication

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    At the beginning of “Camp,” a new indy movie currently playing at the local twelve-plex, there is a passage about the tough life of ten-year-old Eli (Miles Elliot). His mother doesn’t want him to leave his room in their shack of a house. She

  • Movies | April 15, 2013

    ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ generally entertaining but forgettable

    Christopher.conner

    “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” features Dwayne Johnson as “Roadblock,” Adrianne Palicki as “Lady Jaye” and D.J. Cotrona as “Flint,” three members of an elite military unit. When the president of Pakistan is assassinated, the ensuing riots and destabilized government causes the US to fear


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