• Spielberg cuts the life out of a sure-fire film G.w.clift1

    Stephen Spielberg has gone from being the director of “Jaws,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and “E.T.” to being the director of “Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln,” and “War Horse.” His descent may have been a slow, floating one. But .

  • Third ‘Purge’ movie is the weakest, most distasteful G.w.clift1

    The series of movies that began with the 2013 “The Purge” has been searching for something to be about. Now the third of the films is out. The third and weakest. The third and most distasteful. This time the movie-makers think .

  • New ‘Tarzan’ is more than just the same old thing G.w.clift1

    Here’s a sentence never spoken: “Golly but I wish they’d make a new Tarzan movie.” Actually the new movie “The Legend of Tarzan” is attractive in all sorts of ways. And probably its makers, including director David Yates .

  • All in all ‘Resurgence’ is pretty amusing G.w.clift1

    For a journeyman movie director, Roland Emmerich has made a bunch of fairly large budget films. His latest, “Resurgence,” is the sequel to his 1996 movie “Independence Day,” a Will Smith vehicle. “Resurgence” doesn’t have Smith. But many of the .

  • ‘Central Intelligence’ has some amusing twists G.w.clift1

    The new movie “Central Intelligence” isn’t making a play on the name of the government’s overseas spy organization. Of course, it isn’t required to do so. But this failure says something about the extent to which the .

  • Kids will like ‘Dory’ more than adults will G.w.clift1

    Let’s talk about adults and animated movies, or at least about the sort of animated movies that Disney and its self-contained sub-unit Pixar offer the public each year. We’ve gone on saying, “Gee, aren’t they imaginative,” and “.

  • ‘2’ is a stronger movie than was ‘The Conjuring’ G.w.clift1

    Horror film director James Wan made a movie called “The Conjuring” which we saw in 2013. Lots of us saw it. It made a lot of money. But then it cost quite a bit for a scary movie. Films intended to .

  • The never-ending story of Warcraft onscreen G.w.clift1

    The Warcraft computer game franchise goes back almost to CP/M. The three or four Warcraft games are sword and sorcery, multi-player role-playing games. Each player has a point of view character for whom they make choices. This is probably .

  • Forget looking for a sensible story in this film G.w.clift1

    One way to enjoy the new film sequel “Now You See Me 2” is the way one enjoys a show of second graders’ finger paintings. The movie is colorful. Ingenuity seems to have figured in the construction of some of its .

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back on the screen G.w.clift1

    Megan Fox and Laura Linney haven’t either of them aged much in the last decade or so. Fox used to be the girl in the Transformer movies. Linney has been involved in more thoughtful (sometimes just more pretentious) projects. .

  • Actress’ eyebrows are the biggest draw in ‘Me Before You’ G.w.clift1

    Emilia Clarke’s eyebrows get a workout in the new movie “Me Before You.” The screenplay by Jojo Moyes is based on her novel of the same title. But it’s about a toss-up whether viewers will be more likely .

  • New film ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is filled with problems G.w.clift1

    The movie-makers at 20th Century Fox have given viewers of the new film “X-Men: Apocalypse” a sort of obstacle course of problems. The movie is over-long—144 minutes, including a scene following the credits. It is not always active. Its plot .


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