Friday, July 3, 2015



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | February 12, 2015

    Poor sound makes it hard to comprehend ‘Foxcatcher’

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    Bennett Miller’s new film “Foxcatcher” is a quiet thing. The acting is, of course, the most-mentioned feature of the movie. It has five Oscar nominations, including two in acting categories. And the movie is certainly sobering in the way Hollywood professionals like their awards

  • Movies | February 10, 2015

    ‘Bustown’ comes to Chapman Theater at K-State

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    It’s a post-apocalyptic world on the stage of Chapman Theater in Nichols Hall through Feb. 15. Deb Brunner’s set—all old tires and stacked up Ford body sections, bench seats and a fire pit—recall the world of “The Road Warrior” while connecting with

  • Movies | February 08, 2015

    ‘St. Vincent’ is the best of the new-videos bunch

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    It seems that we are going to finally have a turn at seeing the movie the government of North Korea didn’t want anybody to see. “The Interview” comes out on DVD this month. Nor is it the only attraction that will grace the New

  • Movies | February 04, 2015

    Animated film less than magical, but some may like it

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    The first fully animated feature to come to Manhattan in 2015 is Lucasfilm’s “Strange Magic.” Two kingdoms, one of magic, one of mystery, have been separated for ages. The magic kingdom is ruled by butterfly fairies, the mysterious bog is ruled by the Bog King.

  • Movies | February 03, 2015

    ‘The Loft’ proves to be an amusing cinematic thriller

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    For people my age there is substantial irony in the recent commercial success of European thrillers and action movies. When I was young, continental directors were too sophisticated to make anything so low as shoot-’em-ups. Hitchcock had to come to America to make the

  • Movies | January 29, 2015

    ‘The Boy Next Door’ cheap looking, implausible

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    In the movie “The Boy Next Door,” Jennifer Lopez (remember her?) stars as a teacher of Classics at a public high school. When you get over all that is unlikely in that statement, we’ll go on to other implausibilities associated with this new Rob

  • Movies | January 28, 2015

    Paddington Bear finally brought to big screen

    Christopher.conner1

    It took seven years to bring Paddington Bear, the marmalade loving children’s book character from darkest Peru, to the big screen. “Paddington” stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown. The risk-averse Henry Brown and the compassionate Mary are on opposite

  • Movies | January 27, 2015

    ‘Mortdecai’ good-natured but only occasionally funny

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    Johnny Depp is back on the big screen in his sort of shambling comic film, “Mortdecai,” directed by David Koepp, who gave us the undervalued “Stir of Echoes” and “Ghost Town.” As is the case in those very entertaining movies, Koepp relies heavily on an

  • Movies | January 23, 2015

    ‘Blackhat’ feels like a sequel that is missing part one

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    Chris Hemsworth stars as improbably physical computer hacker Nick Hathaway in director Michael Mann’s “Blackhat.” Serving time for hacking some bank computer systems, Hemsworth finds a way to use his skills by hacking over a cellphone. The unrepentant Hathaway carries his hacking attitude in

  • Movies | January 21, 2015

    ‘Wedding Ringer’ lacks laughs or any memorable incidents

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    One used to read the term “half-baked” every now and then. Ideas were said to be “half-baked,” for example. Now that we no longer do anything near an oven ourselves, I wonder if this descriptive term means much to us. If you want to know


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