Movies

  • Creepy ‘Boy’ commands the audience’s attention G.w.clift1

    The day before the dark and stormy weather begins, a young American woman is driven to a large, remote Victorian house by a black cab. Inside the house she discovers lots of oak paneling and wood carving as she looks .

  • ‘Dirty Grandpa’ isn’t very good ... or funny G.w.clift1

    There’s a scene about a third of the way into Dan Mazer’s new comedy “Dirty Grandpa” that demonstrates almost everything there is to know about the run-up-to-the-wedding movie. Zach Ephron is playing Jason Kelly, the groom-to-be. He has .

  • New ‘Ride Along’ sequel is worse than bad G.w.clift1

    The 2014 film “Ride Along” made my list of the worst movies of that year. It was an attempt to make a buddy comedy out of “Training Day,” with Ice Cube playing a less-corrupt version of Denzel Washington’s character and .

  • ‘13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi’ may disappoint some G.w.clift1

    The “7 o’clock” Friday night showing of Michael Bay’s new movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” drew a large crowd. As it ran, most of them seemed to be immersed in the film’s effective and sometimes bloody .

  • ‘Big Short’ will cause viewers to shake their heads G.w.clift1

    Movie-goers can admire director Adam McKay (who usually does Will Farrell movies) for having taken the trouble to prove that film is a lousy medium for describing abstract concepts. Or they can damn him for having made the drowsy, ultimately .

  • As horror films go, ‘The Forest’ isn’t bad G.w.clift1

    Fifteen years ago we were given a terrific new horror film called “The Others,” staring Nichole Kidman as a woman living on one of Britain’s Channel Islands. Her children were essentially allergic to sunlight. I thought that movie was .

  • New ‘Star Wars’ film solidly in the ‘good’ range Christopher.conner1

    Disney’s first feature-length contribution to the roller coaster that is the “Star Wars” franchise hit theaters before Christmas 2015. The question of how a Star Wars severed from the creative input of the franchise’s creator, George Lucas, would stand .

  • Editing would have made ‘Hateful Eight’ more successful

    Bob Howard, long-time manager of the movie theaters in Manhattan and Junction City, retired at the end of 2015. I remember a lot of incidents that occurred during his time on the job, including a break-in at Seth Childs Cinema, dollar .

  • Worst films of 2015 all had problems with their story G.w.clift1

    Every year at about this time I write about the worst general release movies I saw in the previous year. The 2015 duds, I was surprised to realize, all tend to have one of a couple of major story-telling weaknesses. Either .

  • Lots of new films on the shelves this cold month G.w.clift1

    It may be cold out this month. So the movie studios are releasing a larger than usual number of recent General Release movies on home viewing media. Movie fans can expect to see films including “Sicario,” “The Martian,” “Hotel Transylvania 2,” “.

  • ‘Daddy’s Home’ good-natured but less than memorable G.w.clift1

    It may be that the only requirement for a Hollywood film comedy these days is that it be good-natured. The ticket-buyers “require” good-nature, and so smart film-makers generally comply. “Daddy’s Home,” the new Will Farrell movie, is at least .

  • ‘Point Break’ has lots to look at ... and a message G.w.clift1

    This cinematic year action movies have led the way in discussing important issues. Consider the re-make of the 1991 movie “Point Break.” The new film is a hoot. It is wildly visual, one of the most strikingly pictorial movies we’ve .


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