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  • Movies | October 12, 2015

    ‘Sicario’ is a quality, if brutal, film

    Christopher.conner1

    It is hard to fathom just how violent and cruel the drug cartels have become in Mexico. The Denis Villeneuve-directed film “Sicario” takes that cruelty and casts it against the desperation of the law and order ideal trying to combat it. The film begins with

  • Movies | October 08, 2015

    Joel Edgerton’s ‘The Gift’ pick of October DVD releases

    G.w.clift1

    Movie fans who buy or rent DVD versions of recent films will find some interesting titles fresh out this month. “Avengers 2, Age of Ultron” makes its debut on home-viewing media, so you can take Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson home with you, if you

  • Movies | October 02, 2015

    ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ a sequel better than the original

    This week the long awaited, by my daughter anyway, sequel to the 2012 Adam Sandler animated flick “Hotel Transylvania” arrived in Manhattan. With the exception of Keegan-Michael Key replacing CeeLo Green as Murray the mummy, the lead voice actors remain the same. Adam Sandler voices Dracula,

  • Movies | September 30, 2015

    ‘Everest’ offers considerable adventure for non-climbers

    G.w.clift1

    Everybody knows Sir Edmund Hillary said he climbed Mount Everest “Because it is there.” Except that the first conqueror of the mountain didn’t say that. It was something English climber George Mallory said. And he died trying to reach the peak of Everest in 1924.

  • Movies | September 28, 2015

    In flipping cliche, ‘The Intern’ is generally entertaining

    G.w.clift1

    One of the most familiar cliches of American movies and television gets flipped in Nancy Meyers’s new movie “The Intern.” For decades we’ve seen entertainments that insisted men spend too much time at work and not enough on their family lives. The message

  • Movies | September 24, 2015

    Grisly, ominous ‘Black Mass’ makes little sense

    G.w.clift1

    Movie-goers interested in seeing the new “Goodfellas” are going to be disappointed by “Black Mass,” the gangster movie currently showing in theaters. What they’ll get is another tone-heavy picture like director Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace.” “Black Mass,” one senses, was intended

  • Movies | September 22, 2015

    Action sequences keep ‘The Scorch Trials’ entertaining

    G.w.clift1

    One of the better recent movie series based on books for adolescents is the “Maze Runner.” The new “Maze Runner” movie, the second in the run, is titled “The Scorch Trials,” and it is playing locally. It isn’t necessary for moviegoers to see or

  • Movies | September 21, 2015

    ‘Grandma’ a wandering tale of generational relationships

    It was something of a surprise that “Grandma,” a new film starring Lily Tomlin, recently appeared in the line-up out at the local twelve-plex. The Carmike chain sometimes sends us movies intended for evangelical Christians who are among the Americans most likely to be loudly

  • Movies | September 18, 2015

    ‘Perfect Guy’ would have benefited from Stanley’s sound effects

    G.w.clift1

    When I was about fourteen, my friends used to meet at the local movie house for Saturday matinees. One cut-up buddy of mine occasionally got us into trouble by acting up in the theater—playing “Red River Valley” on his harmonica during the cemetery scene

  • Movies | September 14, 2015

    ‘Visit’ features better than stock horror movie cast

    G.w.clift1

    Someday, if it hasn’t already happened, somebody is going to go back over M. Night Shyamalan’s movies and work out how the references to psychic or supernatural worlds fit together in a scheme. In his new film, “The Visit,” we have another reference


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