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  • ‘Incarnate’ joins list of successful entertainments

    “Incarnate” makes a cinematic contrast to “Shut-In.” The latter, a recent psychological thriller, starring Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt, was essentially a loving imitation of movies Alfred Hitchcock directed during the 1960s and 70s. “Shut-In” worked well on the big .

  • There are DVDs for (nearly) everyone on your list

    Imagine you are looking for Christmas presents, mostly for people who live far away. Your sister has married a man in St. Louis who already had a sevenyear- old girl and a teenaged boy, and you want to get them .

  • Beatty plays Howard Hughes in ‘Rules Don’t Apply’

    “Rules Don’t Apply” is a new film co-written by, directed by, and starring Warren Beatty. Beatty plays Howard Hughes. Many young movie-goers are going to need some background before they go to see this film. But the story won’.

  • Amusing ‘Bad Santa 2’ will make viewer feel grungy

    D’you suppose there was a great popular demand for a sequel to “Bad Santa”? If so, why did it take 13 years for Hollywood to get around to making “Bad Santa 2”? It takes a second to get past the obvious .

  • ‘Bleed For This’ pales in comparison to similar films

    While the screenplay has simplified some time-line details, the story in the new movie “Bleed for This” is “based on” the late 1980s and early 1990s experiences of boxer Vinnie “Paz” Pazienza. The changes may have made the story more .

  • New Brooks movie well-paced, frequently funny

    James L. Brooks wrote and directed “As Good As It Gets.” He produced “Jerry Maguire.” He wrote and directed “Broadcast News.” And in each case he got an Academy Award nomination. He won three Oscars for writing, directing, and producing “.

  • ‘Fantastic Creatures’ on view at local theater complex

    J.K. Rowling has gone back to the world of Harry Potter. Having knocked off four novels intended for adults, she has turned a 2001 fantasy book, “Fantastic Creatures and Where to Find Them” into a screenplay of her very own. .

  • ‘Shut In’ isn’t Hitchcock, but it’s pretty darned good

    Those moviegoers who appreciate Hitchcock’s variety of suspense thrillers will want to go to the 12-plex to catch Farren Blackburn’s new movie “Shut In.” Blackburn isn’t Hitchcock, and this movie doesn’t have the old master’s .

  • Thinking about giving DVDs as Christmas presents?

    Though the grass remains green and we haven’t even begun to look for the flannel sheets yet, Thanksgiving is approaching and, with it, Black Friday. Already we see references to the first day of Christmas shopping in advertising everywhere. .

  • ‘Almost Christmas’ not very funny ... or original

    There are very popular movie formulas like the one from “Rocky” where the underdog wins the championship (or at least makes a showing). Then there are second shelf formulas like the one the new movie “Almost Christmas” gives us. To .

  • Sci-fi film ‘Arrival’ mostly for Amy Adams fans

    If you are wondering whether or not to attend a showing of the new science fiction film “Arrival,” you may want to ask yourself how much you enjoy the onscreen performances of Amy Adams. She is in nearly every shot .

  • Animated ‘Trolls’ intended for very young children

    Dreamworks Animation has a new movie out. “Trolls” is for very young children—not for ten-year-olds, but for five-year-olds. Selfish adults may want to find ways to put off taking the family to a showing. After all, there’s next .


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