Tuesday, September 1, 2015



Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | March 03, 2015

    Everything works like it should in this ‘Rocky’-plot film

    G.w.clift1

    There can’t be any secret that Disney’s “McFarland, USA” is another movie using the basic plot familiar to us from the movie “Rocky.” Excuse me. From the movies “Rocky.” And from its half dozen annual followers concerning different sports and contests. Some near-derelict

  • Movies | February 27, 2015

    Just smile along with ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2’

    Christopher.conner1

    Do you remember a 2010 movie called “Hot Tub Time Machine”? If not, you may want to rent a copy of it before you go see its sequel, the recently-released “Hot Tub Time Machine 2.” And even then, some of the new film’s talky explanations may

  • Movies | February 26, 2015

    ‘SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ not for everyone

    Christopher.conner1

    A decade has passed since the improbable cartoon hero SpongeBob Squarepants skipped across the big screen. The lovably clueless character from his own long-running series on Nickleodeon has faced any number of threats and complications armed only with a Pollyanna attitude and a collection of

  • Movies | February 24, 2015

    Complicated entertainment gets admirable Ebony production

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    Director Hannah Miller told the Friday night audience in K-State’s Purple Masque Theater that this would be the last Ebony Theater production in that space. Now the good news is that this means folks at the school of performing arts expect to be in

  • Movies | February 19, 2015

    ‘50 Shades’ is fairly hot stuff, but unreal

    G.w.clift1

    There was something vaguely silly in the release of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film version of E L James’ best-selling novel. Somehow the idea of young women being attracted in very large numbers to what old-timers might think of as 70s “soft-core” while the

  • Movies | February 17, 2015

    ‘Kingsman’ another in a long line of spy spoofs

    G.w.clift1

    Spy movies have a historic problem. During their period of greatest popularity, the biggest (and most) movies about espionage were comedies and were usually send-ups of the spy movie genre itself. Consider all those Bond movies until about the time Timothy Dalton came on—weren’

  • Movies | February 16, 2015

    ‘Project Almanac’ is a teen movie, plain and simple

    Christopher.conner1

    If anyone ever wanted to know what happens when MTV tackles a classic sci fi theme like time travel, the answer is “Project Almanac.” Of course, the result is something H. G. Wells would barely recognize, the question remains: what would you do with a

  • Movies | February 13, 2015

    ‘Imitation Game’ remains engaging, beginning to end

    Christopher.conner1

    Benedict Cumberbatch portrays British scientist Alan Turing in the film “The Imitation Game.” Focusing on his highly classified efforts to counter the German Enigma machine during World War II, the film begins with Cumberbatch asking, “Are you paying attention?” In 1951 the Secret Intelligence Service learns

  • Movies | February 12, 2015

    Poor sound makes it hard to comprehend ‘Foxcatcher’

    G.w.clift1

    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


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