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  • ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ a sequel better than the original

    This week the long awaited, by my daughter anyway, sequel to the 2012 Adam Sandler animated flick “Hotel Transylvania” arrived in Manhattan. With the exception of Keegan-Michael Key replacing CeeLo Green as Murray the mummy, the lead voice actors remain the .

  • ‘Everest’ offers considerable adventure for non-climbers G.w.clift1

    Everybody knows Sir Edmund Hillary said he climbed Mount Everest “Because it is there.” Except that the first conqueror of the mountain didn’t say that. It was something English climber George Mallory said. And he died trying to reach .

  • In flipping cliche, ‘The Intern’ is generally entertaining G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Grisly, ominous ‘Black Mass’ makes little sense G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Action sequences keep ‘The Scorch Trials’ entertaining G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • ‘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 .

  • ‘Perfect Guy’ would have benefited from Stanley’s sound effects G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • ‘Visit’ features better than stock horror movie cast G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Dialog interrupts action in ‘Transporter: Refueled’ G.w.clift1

    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, .

  • There are some movies worth watching on new DVDs G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • ‘War Room’ entertains an elderly audience G.w.clift1

    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 .

  • Intention of ‘We Are Your Friends’ remains murky G.w.clift1

    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 .


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