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  • Movies | January 16, 2015

    Not many treasures on new-DVD shelves

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    No, 2014 wasn’t a great year for the movies. Only one summer blockbuster did continuing business—”Guardians of the Galaxy.” The serious movies for people over the age of 30 were mostly cinematic wastes of time. The juvenile comedies weren’t very funny. Even to juveniles.

  • Movies | January 14, 2015

    ‘Taken 3’ proves tiring

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    In the third, and supposedly final, installment of the Taken movie franchise, Liam Neeson returns to the roll of Bryan Mills. After two films involving an initial abduction, “Taken 3” respins the plot of “The Fugitive,” only Mills’ friends are more skilled than Dr. Kimble could

  • Movies | January 13, 2015

    ‘Selma’ offers powerful story, well presented

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    Chronicling the events leading up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, “Selma” centers on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s efforts to get federal legislation to end discriminatory voter rules and regulations across the South. David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King

  • Movies | January 12, 2015

    Despite its flaws, ‘Wild’ still worth seeing

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    Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (director of “Dallas Buyer’s Club”), “Wild” follows the author Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone. The film begins with Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) at the point in the hike when one of her toenails is falling

  • Movies | January 11, 2015

    Performances make ‘Big Eyes’ fun to watch

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    Based on the paintings of Margaret Keane and the controversies surrounding them, “Big Eyes” follows the painter through the ’50s and ’60s. The Tim Burton produced and directed film begins at a printer producing mass reproductions of a painting featuring a haunting, large eyed child.

  • Movies | January 09, 2015

    ‘Woman in Black 2’ better-than-average horror movie

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    Hammer Films, the English production company that kept us surprised and entertained for several mid-20th century decades, is back with a new horror film, “The Woman in Black 2.” The original movie, which was released just short of two years ago, may have been Daniel “

  • Movies | January 06, 2015

    ‘Unbroken’ proves more numbing than inspiring

    Christopher.conner

    The film adaptation of the book by Linda Hillenbrand and directed by Angelina Jolie, “Unbroken” follows the story of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) is the bombardier on a B-24 piloted by Phil (Domhnall Gleeson) in the Pacific during World War II. During a

  • Movies | January 05, 2015

    Movie crowd unlikely to get more than the basics from ‘Into the Woods’

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    As American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim nears 90 years of age, adults in the entertainment business are in a rush to get him properly memorialized. As there is a musical play of his that re-tells the stories of several well-known fairy tales, it seems natural

  • Movies | January 02, 2015

    ‘Gambler’ serious attempt at making a serious film

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    English director Rupert Wyatt (who gave us “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) now offers moviegoers a new version of the forgotten 1974 movie “The Gambler.” That version had James Caan for its star. Wyatt’s go has Marky Mark Wahlberg. For the most part, “

  • Movies | December 30, 2014

    ‘Battle of the Five Armies’ leaves viewer exhausted

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    With the release of “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” Peter Jackson wraps up nearly two decades of bringing J.R.R. Tolkein’s “Middle Earth” to the big screen. While really the end of the relatively thin novel “The Hobbit” was stretched


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