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Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | July 07, 2015

    Not much to pick from on New Release shelves

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    July doesn’t look like much of a new DVD month. There are really only a few general release movies coming out on home viewing media, and they are not general crowd pleasers. So there’s “Maggie,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin escaping the

  • Movies | July 06, 2015

    ‘Magic Mike’ sequel has even less story than original

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    Three years ago the American movie-going public was treated to an entertainment called “Magic Mike.” What story there was in it considered the difficulties a male stripper (Channing Tatum or Tatum Channing) faced while trying to start a custom furniture business. Some of his problems

  • Movies | July 02, 2015

    The dogs are pretty good actors in familiar ‘Max’

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    Susan Orlean has a new book out about Rin Tin Tin. She tells how an American soldier found a German shepherd puppy on a battlefield in 1918 and how the dog went on to Hollywood stardom. But even if we didn’t have her book to

  • Movies | June 30, 2015

    ‘Ted 2’ has little to offer the movie viewer

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    There must be four different replacements for jokes in the new sentimental and old-fashioned “Ted 2.” One, the most common, is the introduction of words that can’t be printed in a family newspaper. The characters curse, frequently and usually without purpose, and the audience is

  • Movies | June 29, 2015

    Mostly, new film ‘Dope’ just gave viewer a pain

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    The new film “Dope” is an odd mix of familiar things. It resembles nothing so much as an Archie and Jughead comic except that all the characters are African-American, the setting is contemporary Los Angeles, and the language and business concerns have largely been borrowed

  • Movies | June 29, 2015

    Mostly, new film ‘Dope’ just gave viewer a pain

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    The new film “Dope” is an odd mix of familiar things. It resembles nothing so much as an Archie and Jughead comic except that all the characters are African-American, the setting is contemporary Los Angeles, and the language and business concerns have largely been borrowed

  • Movies | June 25, 2015

    ‘Inside Out’ remarkable story about bittersweet process of growing up

    On its surface, “Inside Out” is a story about a happy 11-year-old girl named Riley (Kaitlin Dias) from a small Minnesota town who must adjust to a new life when her family moves to San Francisco. However, the real story in the bright, complex Pixar

  • Movies | June 10, 2015

    ‘Spy’ nothing more than an imitation of a recent hit

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    Because movies cost so much to make, usually there is some sort of clear commercial precedent for each new general release film that comes to town. This isn’t a new trend—Robert Altman’s 1992 movie “The Player” suggested it was already a common practice.

  • Movies | June 09, 2015

    ‘Insidious 3’ clearer but duller than the other two

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    Remember the first two “Insidious” movies? If you’re not a horror flic fan or weren’t 15 years old when the movies came out, you probably don’t know anything about them. But fans and the PG13 crowd will recall the first two pictures in

  • Movies | June 05, 2015

    You can’t (hardly) go wrong with new video releases

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    For some strange combination of reasons, June will be a swell month for movies newly released on home viewing media. There have been some months recently when “Chappie,” “Serena,” and “Project Almanac” might have been the big titles. This month they are the slough. This


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