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  • Movies | August 17, 2015

    New ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E’ a spy movie with a difference


    As the spy movie goes through its current boom in popularity, writer and director Guy Ritchie’s film “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” stands out in several ways. Some of what is important about the movie has to do with what it

  • Movies | August 14, 2015

    Skip ‘Fantastic Four’; go see ‘Rogue Nation’


    The story about the making of the latest “Fantastic Four,” just nine years after the last “Fantastic Four” series was launched, is a good deal more interesting than is the movie itself. The film rights to the Marvel Comics superheroes were, one reads, just about

  • Movies | August 13, 2015

    Make your way to the theaters to see ‘The Gift’

    In August, street construction always turns Manhattan into a bureaucrat’s credo. But if you can somehow route yourself out to Seth Child, there are some interesting movies currently playing in town. One of them is “The Gift,” a suspense film about a stalker—except

  • Movies | August 12, 2015

    ‘Ricki and the Flash’: Good film but wrong era


    Director Jonathan Demme, who gave us “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” is a well-known Rock music fan. He has made a couple of movies about Neil Young, so when he recruited a band of veterans to back Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash,”

  • Movies | August 11, 2015

    Allen fans may find his new movie disappointing


    Woody Allen is back in movie theaters with his customary mix of jazz, romantic settings, posturing, characters who all talk alike, big stars trying to prove themselves, and quick cutting. The writer and director’s new movie is called “Irrational Man.” It stars Joaquin Phoenix,

  • Movies | August 10, 2015

    ‘Shaun the Sheep’ well done, but not for everybody


    Aardman Animation, a company in the United Kingdom, uses tons of imagination in producing “Shaun the Sheep,” a television series now represented by a feature film. These are the guys who did the “Wallace and Gromit” movies, among other things. But as fast moving, comic,

  • Movies | August 07, 2015

    You won’t be bored by ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’


    Just when we had begun to believe the summer movie season was an unrelieved slumber session, the littlest samurai came swooping in on a counter-balance rope from backstage at the Vienna opera house to give us renewed hope that we can still find entertainment in

  • Movies | August 03, 2015

    ‘Vacation’ not very funny, but at least it’s short

    The “National Lampoon’s Vacation” series of movies began with characters imagined by John Hughes. Hughes was a real talent who dominated the movie comedy world during the 1980s. His films include “Pretty in Pink,” “Home Alone,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Planes, Trains, and

  • Movies | July 28, 2015

    ‘Southpaw’ comes across as calculating, cynical, thin


    Boxing movies are usually among the most emotionally manipulative of all films. Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw” would be the heavy-weight champ of melodramas, except for its casting. Jake Gyllenhaal is too little, it seems, even to be a light-heavy, though this is what the story

  • Movies | July 27, 2015

    ‘Paper Towns’ is straight ‘coming-of-age’ stuff


    The new movie “Paper Towns,” based on a John Green novel, is straight “coming-of-age” stuff. Three teenaged boys crash a party, skip school, and take a road trip all in the last days of their high school careers. And at the end of the story,

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