Friday, October 9, 2015

Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | March 09, 2015

    ‘Unfinished Business’ not great, but not half bad


    The new comedy film playing out at the 12-plex is “Unfinished Business.” It stars the declining Vince Vaughn. But it isn’t quite like what one thinks of when one thinks of the usual Vince Vaughn movie. Remember his last feature, “Delivery Man”? Or “The

  • Movies | March 05, 2015

    ‘The Theory of Everything’s’ story obscure


    In one late scene, “The Theory of Everything” tells us that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking subscribed to Penthouse magazine. That publication was famous, early in its history, for featuring soft-focus photos of unclothed women. The story was that publisher Bob Guccione liked to smear a

  • Movies | March 04, 2015

    Surprisingly amusing ‘Duff’ tries to entertain more than preach


    If movie-makers want to refresh an old film category, they may try to bring it up to date. This is what has happened with the new high school date flic “The Duff”—the writers have added relatively new topics to the material for the standard

  • Movies | March 03, 2015

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


    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’


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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

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