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  • Movies | January 12, 2015

    Despite its flaws, ‘Wild’ still worth seeing

    Christopher.conner1

    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

    Christopher.conner1

    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

    G.w.clift1

    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

    Christopher.conner1

    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

  • Movies | December 29, 2014

    Songs, setting different in familiar new ‘Annie’

    G.w.clift1

    There are a couple of things new in the latest re-make of the musical “Annie.” The important one has to do with the way the songs are mixed. Most of the songs from the 1977 play have made it to the new film, but almost half

  • Movies | December 15, 2014

    New ‘Exodus’ film has its share of fascinations

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    Last March, movie audiences were offered a chance to see a film based on the Biblical story about Noah. It ran almost three hours and added a lot of business to the Old Testament account. Now we can go see director Ridley Scott’s “Exodus:

  • Movies | December 03, 2014

    ‘Hunger Games 3’ will please fans of the series

    G.w.clift1

    The moviemakers have split the third Hunger Games book, “Mockingjay,” into two movies, a trick some other, earlier film series have pioneered. Perhaps because of this, “Hunger Games 3” seems inefficient, giving us repeated arrivals of a soldier to escort our heroine to conferences with the


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