Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Lifestyle - Movies

  • Movies | February 08, 2015

    ‘St. Vincent’ is the best of the new-videos bunch


    It seems that we are going to finally have a turn at seeing the movie the government of North Korea didn’t want anybody to see. “The Interview” comes out on DVD this month. Nor is it the only attraction that will grace the New

  • Movies | February 04, 2015

    Animated film less than magical, but some may like it


    The first fully animated feature to come to Manhattan in 2015 is Lucasfilm’s “Strange Magic.” Two kingdoms, one of magic, one of mystery, have been separated for ages. The magic kingdom is ruled by butterfly fairies, the mysterious bog is ruled by the Bog King.

  • Movies | February 03, 2015

    ‘The Loft’ proves to be an amusing cinematic thriller


    For people my age there is substantial irony in the recent commercial success of European thrillers and action movies. When I was young, continental directors were too sophisticated to make anything so low as shoot-’em-ups. Hitchcock had to come to America to make the

  • Movies | January 29, 2015

    ‘The Boy Next Door’ cheap looking, implausible


    In the movie “The Boy Next Door,” Jennifer Lopez (remember her?) stars as a teacher of Classics at a public high school. When you get over all that is unlikely in that statement, we’ll go on to other implausibilities associated with this new Rob

  • Movies | January 28, 2015

    Paddington Bear finally brought to big screen


    It took seven years to bring Paddington Bear, the marmalade loving children’s book character from darkest Peru, to the big screen. “Paddington” stars Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Henry and Mary Brown. The risk-averse Henry Brown and the compassionate Mary are on opposite

  • Movies | January 27, 2015

    ‘Mortdecai’ good-natured but only occasionally funny


    Johnny Depp is back on the big screen in his sort of shambling comic film, “Mortdecai,” directed by David Koepp, who gave us the undervalued “Stir of Echoes” and “Ghost Town.” As is the case in those very entertaining movies, Koepp relies heavily on an

  • Movies | January 23, 2015

    ‘Blackhat’ feels like a sequel that is missing part one


    Chris Hemsworth stars as improbably physical computer hacker Nick Hathaway in director Michael Mann’s “Blackhat.” Serving time for hacking some bank computer systems, Hemsworth finds a way to use his skills by hacking over a cellphone. The unrepentant Hathaway carries his hacking attitude in

  • Movies | January 21, 2015

    ‘Wedding Ringer’ lacks laughs or any memorable incidents


    One used to read the term “half-baked” every now and then. Ideas were said to be “half-baked,” for example. Now that we no longer do anything near an oven ourselves, I wonder if this descriptive term means much to us. If you want to know

  • Movies | January 19, 2015

    Crowd seems to love newest Eastwood project


    The large crowds of people going to see Clint Eastwood’s newest directorial project, “American Sniper,” seem to be enjoying it thoroughly. On its first Friday in town the 4 o’clock show sold out, the ushers all told me I was in for a treat,

  • Movies | January 16, 2015

    Not many treasures on new-DVD shelves


    No, 2014 wasn’t a great year for the movies. Only one summer blockbuster did continuing business—”Guardians of the Galaxy.” The serious movies for people over the age of 30 were mostly cinematic wastes of time. The juvenile comedies weren’t very funny. Even to juveniles.

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