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  • Movies | November 24, 2015

    ‘My All American’ follows a familiar formula


    Let me suggest an alternate understanding of the life of Freddie Steinmark, Texas football safety and subject of the hagiographic “My All American.” The movie tells the story as if it were the comments of retired Texas coach Darrell Royal, himself sufficiently beloved that I

  • Movies | November 17, 2015

    Cast isn’t given enough to do in ‘Love, the Coopers’


    Remember “Love, Actually,” an English holiday-season movie (with a cast full of names) about a series of vaguely related romances? Well. It’s back. Sort of. In an American version. “Love, the Coopers” is a holiday-season movie (with a cast full of names) about a

  • Movies | November 11, 2015

    ‘Specter’ keeps up tradition of good Bond movies


    Daniel Craig has been the James Bond most like a male model. In the new 007 movie “Specter,” directed once again by Sam Mendes, the British Secret Service’s agent may have let his sense of fashion go a little prissy. The suits are tight. I

  • Movies | November 06, 2015

    ‘Truth’ dredges up old Dan Rather episode


    One way to understand the new “based-on-a-true-story” movie “Truth” is as a celebration of the great Dan Rather. The film begins and closes with the old CBS news reader as the center of group adulation. As the movie runs, Rather (Robert Redford) is told that

  • Movies | November 05, 2015

    ‘Goosebumps’ is a lot more fun than it is scary


    In the genre of young horror books, few authors have achieved the ubiquity of R.L. Stein with the “Goosebumps” series. From the popular novels and the multi-season TV series, “Goosebumps” uses supernatural terror and disarming humor to tell stories about animated ventriloquist dummies, werewolves

  • Movies | November 04, 2015

    ‘Jem and the Holograms’ nice movie for pre-teen girls


    Directed by John Chu, known for his work on the “Step Up” movies, “Jem and the Holograms” resurrects a mostly forgettable 80s cartoon series. The plot of “Jem and the Holograms” is nothing new. Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples) is an 18 year old girl living with

  • Movies | November 03, 2015

    ‘Our Brand’ isn’t as amusing as it should be


    Folks headed into the theater to see the new movie “Our Brand is Crisis” need to know two things that they probably won’t have heard. One is that the title comes from an old complaint about newspapers and broadcast news. I was once in

  • Movies | October 30, 2015

    ‘Rock the Kasbah’ will amuse Bill Murray fans


    “Rock the Kasbah” is going to amuse fans of Bill Murray and please those movie-goers interested in advancing women’s rights. I suppose it might give some armed service veterans a couple of unsettling flashbacks. The movie is set mostly in Afghanistan. Murray plays a

  • Movies | October 28, 2015

    ‘Witch Hunter’ a film for looking at rather than understanding


    What director Breck Eisner does is make pedestrian ideas for movies into big, popping films. For example, somebody thought, George Romero’s zombie movies are very popular. Let’s re-make his “The Crazies.” Then Eisner got responsibility for the project and the result was a

  • Movies | October 27, 2015

    ‘Pan’ misses mark as part of Peter Pan franchise


    “Pan” is not quite a prequel to the well-known story of Peter Pan. It would be better classified as the first in a trilogy, with the middle film still missing. Instead of the pointy-eared, elfish-looking Peter, “Pan” stars Levi Miller as a very ordinary orphan

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