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  • Movies | September 28, 2015

    In flipping cliche, ‘The Intern’ is generally entertaining

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    One of the most familiar cliches of American movies and television gets flipped in Nancy Meyers’s new movie “The Intern.” For decades we’ve seen entertainments that insisted men spend too much time at work and not enough on their family lives. The message

  • Movies | September 24, 2015

    Grisly, ominous ‘Black Mass’ makes little sense

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    Movie-goers interested in seeing the new “Goodfellas” are going to be disappointed by “Black Mass,” the gangster movie currently showing in theaters. What they’ll get is another tone-heavy picture like director Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace.” “Black Mass,” one senses, was intended

  • Movies | September 22, 2015

    Action sequences keep ‘The Scorch Trials’ entertaining

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    One of the better recent movie series based on books for adolescents is the “Maze Runner.” The new “Maze Runner” movie, the second in the run, is titled “The Scorch Trials,” and it is playing locally. It isn’t necessary for moviegoers to see or

  • Movies | September 21, 2015

    ‘Grandma’ a wandering tale of generational relationships

    It was something of a surprise that “Grandma,” a new film starring Lily Tomlin, recently appeared in the line-up out at the local twelve-plex. The Carmike chain sometimes sends us movies intended for evangelical Christians who are among the Americans most likely to be loudly

  • Movies | September 18, 2015

    ‘Perfect Guy’ would have benefited from Stanley’s sound effects

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    When I was about fourteen, my friends used to meet at the local movie house for Saturday matinees. One cut-up buddy of mine occasionally got us into trouble by acting up in the theater—playing “Red River Valley” on his harmonica during the cemetery scene

  • Movies | September 14, 2015

    ‘Visit’ features better than stock horror movie cast

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    Someday, if it hasn’t already happened, somebody is going to go back over M. Night Shyamalan’s movies and work out how the references to psychic or supernatural worlds fit together in a scheme. In his new film, “The Visit,” we have another reference

  • Movies | September 09, 2015

    Dialog interrupts action in ‘Transporter: Refueled’

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    There’s a new French movie in town. Regular movie-goers know this can only mean one thing: Luc Besson’s crowd has hired an English or American star to drive and brawl along the streets of Europe. In this case, the picture is called “Transporter:

  • Movies | September 03, 2015

    There are some movies worth watching on new DVDs

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    There have been some movie fans waiting for the DVD releases of some new movies that will be out this month. Cate Blanchett fans, for example, want to own a copy of her Kenneth Branaugh-directed performance in Disney’s recent live-action “Cinderella.” “Mad Max” and

  • Movies | September 02, 2015

    ‘War Room’ entertains an elderly audience

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    It isn’t often that I find myself in the young half of a movie audience. Movie-going is usually a young person’s pastime, and movies are usually made for the young. But the average audience member for the matinee showing of “War Room” that

  • Movies | September 01, 2015

    Intention of ‘We Are Your Friends’ remains murky

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    The new movie “We Are Your Friends” is sufficiently murky that viewers may wonder if it was intended as a criticism of Gen Y or as an apology for their inability to find anything useful to do. It is telling that the only labor anyone


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