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  • Books |Movies | October 17, 2014

    One ‘Very Bad Day’ good for a chuckle

    Christopher.conner1

    Adapted from the children’s book of the same title by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows two days in the life of the Cooper family. The first day is a typical day for the Coopers and the

  • Movies | October 15, 2014

    ‘The Judge’ doesn’t render decision on some mysteries

    G.w.clift1

    Here’s an example of the sort of mistake I made while watching the new movie “The Judge.” The title character, played by Robert Duval, is being tried for murder in a small town Indiana court. Defending him is his middle son Hank (Robert Downey

  • Movies | October 15, 2014

    Review: ‘Dracula Untold’ action better fit for TV pilot

    Christopher.conner1

    Most moviegoers are familiar with the story of Vlad Dracul because of his name’s association with Bram Stoker’s book “Dracula” and more the 1992 movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” starring Gary Oldman as the original vampire. Twenty-two years after that take on the Dracula

  • Movies | October 02, 2014

    Denzel Washington stars in ‘The Equalizer’

    G.w.clift1

    Denzel Washington and Director Antoine Fuqua, who earlier collaborated on the movie “Training Day,” have reunited for a new feature film called “The Equalizer.” In it Washington plays a fairly quiet old guy who works at a “home improvement” store in a city we later

  • Movies | September 30, 2014

    Potential ‘Maze Runner’ viewers should heed warning

    G.w.clift1

    Before a movie fan goes into a theater to watch “The Maze Runner,” he really should be warned that it is intended as the beginning of another of these adolescent sci-fi competition stories, like the “Hunger Games” films. Actually the Hollywood boys have already started

  • Movies | September 24, 2014

    Good cast and editing can’t make up for awfulness of film’s characters, story

    G.w.clift1

    Moviegoers will be sympathetic with the makers of “This Is Where I Leave You.” They have wanted to make a good movie. They have recruited a good cast, led by Jason Bateman and including Jane Fonda and Tina Fey, each of whom have had respectable

  • Movies | September 22, 2014

    ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’ well-produced detective story

    G.w.clift1

    Adult moviegoers are always encouraged when they hear there is a new western or a new detective story movie in town. Their current hope is “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” which stars Liam Neeson. Neeson plays Matthew Scudder, the private detective that has been the

  • Movies | September 15, 2014

    ‘No Good Deed’ isn’t bad, just sort of ‘Who cares?’

    G.w.clift1

    Theater fans and those who like or at least remember older movies know all about “Wait Until Dark.” If they are students of screen history, they may even know that the original small scale (essentially one set) play was written by Frederick Knott, who also

  • Movies | September 09, 2014

    ‘Identical’ doesn’t quite serve its apparent purpose

    G.w.clift1

    The sole new movie at the twelve-plex last weekend was “The Identical.” What’s most interesting about this modest production is that it doesn’t quite get to the subjects it seems to have been constructed to discuss. It is about identical twins who are

  • Movies | September 05, 2014

    Football’s better than this month’s new DVDs

    G.w.clift1

    It is probably just as well that football and the McCain series are starting up again, as the movies scheduled for release on home viewing media aren’t going to entertain large groups. This has been a year when films might have sold a lot


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