Movies

  • ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ proves amusing sci fi/suspense film G.w.clift1

    Dan Trachtenberg’s new sci fi/suspense movie “10 Cloverfield Lane” is amusing enough in its own right. Still, scary movie fans with a little memory will enjoy considering it as a sequel to a movie now eight years old. The .

  • Movie feels unloved by cast and director G.w.clift1

    It is difficult to get very excited about the new movie “Whiskey Foxtrot Tango.” And it must have been difficult for the actors and director to get very excited about working on the film. The final product certainly feels as .

  • Plenty of new releases out for March ... and April G.w.clift1

    One of the best movies of last year, “Room,” makes its first appearance on home viewing media this month. Then there’s a lot of dreck coming out, too. March is often a good month for new DVD releases, just .

  • It’s a long way to the finish line of ‘Race’ G.w.clift1

    “Race” is a new feature film about Jessie (actually “J.C.”—an elementary school teacher mis-heard him) Owens, a quadruple Gold Medal winner. Owens, who was an African-American, won at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, apparently embarrassing racist Adolf Hitler. The .

  • New horror movie ‘The Witch’ is never scary G.w.clift1

    “The Witch” is a new horror movie written and directed by Robert Eggers. Up until now, Eggers has been a costume and movie “production designer.” This may explain some things. The action takes place in a Massachusetts colony that is .

  • 15 years later, we have ‘Zoolander 2’ G.w.clift1

    Want to feel old? Writer, director, and star Ben Stiller’s “Zoolander” came out 15 years ago. Now we have the sequel, variously referred to as “Zoolander 2” and “2lander.” His father Jerry doesn’t reprise his role in the new movie. .

  • New film ‘The Choice’: Less movie, more profits G.w.clift1

    After seeing a late afternoon showing of “The Choice,” the latest Nicholas Sparks romance movie, I came home and flipped on the TV, a rather irresponsible habit. The show I hit was a broadcast of an earlier movie based on .

  • Now along comes the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ movie G.w.clift1

    Jane Austen apparently didn’t write enough. Since the growth of her reputation as a writer, publishers have supplemented her fans’ reading diets with novels featuring Austen as a character (“Parson Austen’s Daughter” by Helen Ashton, for example), movie .

  • ‘Hail, Caesar!’ will please most Coen brothers fans G.w.clift1

    There are all sorts of Coen brothers movies, including a couple of pretty weak ones. While most movie fans like Coen films, the guys who like “Fargo” obviously have different tastes from the ones who like “Raising Arizona,” those who .

  • It’s hard to know why ‘50 Shades of Black’ was made G.w.clift1

    Writer and actor Marlon Wayans, one of a sprawling family of Californians related somehow to “entertainment,” seems to have been the power behind the making of “50 Shades of Black.” So one attends this new movie with certain expectations. It will .

  • New Disney film sappy but also adventuresome G.w.clift1

    Sometimes the Disney operation may seem like a very friendly uncle who controls your inheritance. He’s hale, hearty, well-intended, and devoted to familiar formulas—clean living, family life, and interest in nature. It isn’t that you don’t .

  • Western fans can enjoy ‘Jane Got a Gun’ here G.w.clift1

    There’s a new Western showing at the local movie theater. There are all sorts of interesting features of the new feature film “Jane Got a Gun,” including its contemporary but confusing meandering from one time frame, one region, and .





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