• ‘Fantastic Creatures’ on view at local theater complex

    J.K. Rowling has gone back to the world of Harry Potter. Having knocked off four novels intended for adults, she has turned a 2001 fantasy book, “Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them” into a screenplay of her very own. .

  • ‘Shut In’ isn’t Hitchcock, but it’s pretty darned good

    Those moviegoers who appreciate Hitchcock’s variety of suspense thrillers will want to go to the 12-plex to catch Farren Blackburn’s new movie “Shut In.” Blackburn isn’t Hitchcock, and this movie doesn’t have the old master’s .

  • Thinking about giving DVDs as Christmas presents?

    Though the grass remains green and we haven’t even begun to look for the flannel sheets yet, Thanksgiving is approaching and, with it, Black Friday. Already we see references to the first day of Christmas shopping in advertising everywhere. .

  • ‘Almost Christmas’ not very funny ... or original

    There are very popular movie formulas like the one from “Rocky” where the underdog wins the championship (or at least makes a showing). Then there are second shelf formulas like the one the new movie “Almost Christmas” gives us. To .

  • Sci-fi film ‘Arrival’ mostly for Amy Adams fans

    If you are wondering whether or not to attend a showing of the new science fiction film “Arrival,” you may want to ask yourself how much you enjoy the onscreen performances of Amy Adams. She is in nearly every shot .

  • Animated ‘Trolls’ intended for very young children

    Dreamworks Animation has a new movie out. “Trolls” is for very young children—not for ten-year-olds, but for five-year-olds. Selfish adults may want to find ways to put off taking the family to a showing. After all, there’s next .

  • Grab the goofy glasses for ‘Dr. Strange’

    The way to see the new hit super-hero movie “Doctor Strange” is in its 3D version. I know this is heresy. 3D is almost never worth the extra ticket price. But what “Doctor Strange” has to offer is its look, .

  • If you like war movies, go to ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ ... late

    Director Mel Gibson’s new movie, “Hacksaw Ridge,” will remind some viewers of his “We Were Soldiers.” That movie was about a battle in the Vietnam War and featured good action scenes during which the enemy emerged from tunnels to .

  • ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ may not be scary enough for some

    Writer and director Mike Flanagan likes to work with decent actors, and particularly with experienced actresses. In his “Oculus” he had Katee Sakhoff (who may be most famous, now, as the embodiment of sexuality to the geek characters in TV’.

  • ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’ is fast, energetic

    Jack Reacher is a character invented by Englishman Jim Grant, who writes under the name Lee Child. For just short of 20 years now, he has been turning out the ultimate air travel reads, novels featuring the hitch-hiking, formerly high-ranking military .

  • New film will draws laughs from fans of genre

    People who find Tyler Perry’s movie character Madea amusing are going to want to see her new movie “Boo.” The rest will want to stay away, and at this point Madea has appeared in so many films that it .

  • Here’s your date comedy: ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’

    Couples looking for a date night movie will enjoy “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” which is a little sexy, a little adventurous, funny, and firmly suburban. The movie was directed by Greg Mottola, who previously gave us the modern classic “.


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