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  • New ‘Birth of a Nation’ movie debuts

    There is an new movie called “The Birth of a Nation,” a movie which tells the story of slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in 1831, in the state of Virginia. As movie histories go, it is fairly realistic. As movie .

  • New ‘Godzilla’ enjoyable, but read fast

    The “Shin” in the movie title “Shin Godzilla” supposedly means, in Japanese, something like “Reemerges.” And yet Toho Studios, the film’s maker, has never been very far away from its next movie with the huge monster. In fact, “Shin .

  • Most will find ‘Girl on the Train’ entertaining

    Paula Hawkins’s novel “The Girl on the Train” is now a film, set in America, with Emily Blunt, rising star Haley Bennett, and a few familiar supporting actresses—Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, and Laura Prepon. As a thriller, it .

  • Who was supposed to buy tickets for ‘Queen of Katwe’?

    Usually we think movie studios turn out motion pictures so that they can sell tickets and make money. Sometimes some of them may have artistic intentions or political ones. Sometimes they make movies to demonstrate that they are hip to .

  • New movie takes viewer back to ‘Middle School’

    The adolescents’ book on which it was based was co-written by thriller novelist James Patterson, who gave us the Alex Cross books. The director is Steve Carr, who did “Dr. Doolittle 2,” “Daddy Daycare,” and “Paul Blart, Mall Cop.” So there .

  • ‘Miss Peregrine ...’ a different kind of Burton movie

    Everybody who knows anything much about movies knows Tim Burton. His films include “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Beetle-Juice,” the 1989 “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood,” “Mars Attacks!,” the remakes of “Planet of the Apes” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “.

  • ‘Masterminds’ one of the better comedies of the year

    There’s so much to know about the making and marketing of the new movie “Masterminds” that it would be easy to be distracted from the film itself. So let’s be clear at the beginning: “Masterminds” is an oddity .

  • ‘Deepwater Horizon’ offers plenty of action

    Movies are not very good at communicating facts. If a reader doesn’t understand what happened in the battle of Agincourt, he can go back and read sentences again, immediately, and clarify his understanding. One can’t stop a film .

  • You should see newest ‘Magnificent Seven’

    1956 saw the release of the great Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” Kurosawa is famous partly for sophisticated but accessible art house movies (“Roshomon,” with its four different points of view, is an example, as is “Kagemusha”) and .

  • Action-packed ‘Storks’ is good family fare

    The new animated film “Storks” is one of the better “family” movies we’ve seen recently. It has all the components one looks for in these films except for the (to me, offputting) sentiment, and some of that is replaced .

  • ‘Blair Witch’ pretty much the same silly stuff

    The new film “Blair Witch” is actually just a more carefully-edited version of the original “Blair Witch Project” of 2000. This time a higher percentage of the shots were taken by a camera that none of the characters could be holding. .

  • There isn’t much for viewers to watch in ‘Snowden’

    “Snowden” may be Oliver Stone’s best movie, though that may be damning it with faint praise. The writer and director has cast the film well (Nicholas Cage is terrific here in a minor part) and he does manage somehow .


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