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  • 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

  • Movies | October 31, 2014

    ‘Killer details’ save familiar ‘St. Vincent’ story

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    The Hibachi Hut has moved downtown. There’s a taco shop in the Aggieville building where Bill Murray used to sit at its bar. This fact won’t bother twenty-somethings, but to old guys like me, it seems a little melancholy. That sort of sentiment

  • Movies | October 30, 2014

    It’s hard to know how to take ‘The Best of Me’

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    Let’s make a brief inventory of some of the dramatic happenings in the new Nicholas Sparks movie “The Best of Me.” Three murders and a manslaughter. A divorce. Two guys blown off ships at sea. Seven wasted lives. One child death. One heart transplant.

  • Movies | October 29, 2014

    Animated ‘Book of Life’ found entertaining

    “The Book of Life” begins with a group of detention students arriving at the museum. Apparently on an unsupervised field trip, the guide’s joy at delivering the final tour of the day turns to despair when he sees the students arrive. The intimidated tour

  • Movies | October 29, 2014

    Animated ‘Book of Life’ found entertaining

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    “The Book of Life” begins with a group of detention students arriving at the museum. Apparently on an unsupervised field trip, the guide’s joy at delivering the final tour of the day turns to despair when he sees the students arrive. The intimidated tour

  • Movies | October 24, 2014

    ‘Addicted’ is a lot like a made-for-TV movie

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    Remember made-for-TV movies? Maybe you recall the “movie of the week” or “after school specials.” The Hallmark Channel still seems to be making them. Disney had a recent success with its “High School Musical.” But I’m actually thinking back into the 1970s and 1980s,

  • Movies | October 23, 2014

    This ‘Fury’ isn’t about a horse

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    “Fury—the story of a horse and the boy who loves him.” Golly but we’ve changed since that show was a TV hit in the mid-1960s starring Peter Graves. Now, have we changed back? The new movie “Fury,” which isn’t about a

  • Movies | October 19, 2014

    ‘Left Behind’ overcomes most of its indy limitations

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    The latest installment of “Left Behind” is a decent thriller with substantial suspense and some decent acting. But consider, for a moment, all the topics associated with or raised by the movie, any one of which would take a couple of columns of newsprint to

  • Books |Movies | October 17, 2014

    One ‘Very Bad Day’ good for a chuckle

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    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

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    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


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