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  • Movies | December 03, 2014

    ‘Hunger Games 3’ will please fans of the series

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    The moviemakers have split the third Hunger Games book, “Mockingjay,” into two movies, a trick some other, earlier film series have pioneered. Perhaps because of this, “Hunger Games 3” seems inefficient, giving us repeated arrivals of a soldier to escort our heroine to conferences with the

  • Movies | December 02, 2014

    Newest movies-on-DVD really aren’t that bad

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    Who knows why there are comparatively few recent general release movies scheduled for sale as DVDs this December? At least there are some interesting films on the list, a list which includes family films “Dolphin Tale 2” and the most recent “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Also

  • Movies | December 01, 2014

    ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ has weaknesses, but also a story

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    It isn’t just that people like stories. We need them. We yearn for them. Give us a narrative with characters we are interested in who have a problem and work to resolve it, and we’ll prefer following it to any other sort of

  • Movies | November 24, 2014

    New film ‘Beyond the Lights’ at least looks good

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    Tami Reiker managed to photograph “Beyond the Lights” so as to make it look like a serious movie. That’s high praise. Minnie Driver manages to behave like a serious actress. How, given the story the movie tells, I have no idea. Actually there isn’

  • Movies | November 21, 2014

    ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ an oddly quiet gross-out movie

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    I got a laugh out of the Farrelly brothers’ new movie “Dumb and Dumber To.” Notice that it isn’t “Too” or “Two.” You see, the idea is that the whole thing is going to be so stupid we will find it humorous. But that

  • Movies | November 13, 2014

    There are new videos out, if you have the time

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    Ah, this is the time of year. Football and basketball are both going. Plays and concerts seem to be offered us almost every evening. The crops are in. And the election ads are no longer running. All our leisure time seems already reserved. So why

  • Movies | November 11, 2014

    ‘Big Hero 6’ proves an endearing and fun film

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    In a somewhat odd corner of the late ’90s Marvel Universe is a little comic book named “Sunfire & Big Hero 6.” That mini-series provides the kernel of inspiration for Walt Disney Animations 2014 release “Big Hero 6.” Originally set in Japan, then reset in the US, this

  • Movies | November 07, 2014

    ‘Nightcrawler’ may be more provoking than entertaining

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    The new movie “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy, provokes enough questions that one has to wonder if it is more entertaining than it is provoking. It begins with what should be the protagonist of the year, the dweeb anti-hero. Louis Bloom (dark-eyed Jake

  • Movies | November 05, 2014

    Film too complicated to let viewer enjoy Kidman

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    When you expect a Nicole Kidman movie to be terrific, it often disappoints. When you have no expectations about it, the movie usually is impressive and memorable. One didn’t expect much of “Dead Calm,” “To Die For,” “Moulin Rouge,” or “The Others,” for example.

  • Movies | November 04, 2014

    Horror film ‘Ouija’ offers a story than makes sense

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    Journeyman actress Lin Shaye may have been in more movies than anyone since the end of the studio system. Including TV movies, she’s credited with 135 already. Maybe she’s best known as the particularly stomach-turning older woman in “Kingpin.” Probably contemporary movie-goers know her


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