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  • Movies | July 30, 2014

    If you can see only one Hercules movie, see this one

    Christopher.conner1

    “Hercules,” the second Hercules movie of the year, is based on the graphic novel “Hercules: the Tracian Wars” by Steve Moore and stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role. The mythical story of Hercules is one of atonement. This retelling of the tale is more

  • Movies | July 29, 2014

    ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ an improvement over ‘Planes’

    Just 11 months after releasing the first “Planes,” DisneyToon Studios dropped a sequel on this summer’s movie audiences. “Planes: Fire and Rescue” is set in the same racing obsessed, sentient vehicle inhabited world as Lightning McQueen from the highly successful “Cars” franchise. In “Planes,” cropduster

  • Movies | July 28, 2014

    Screenplay is most basic weakness of ‘So It Goes’

    G.w.clift1

    “And So It Goes” is a modest little movie. It stars actors whose big box-office days are behind them, tells a familiar story intended to soothe older patrons, and doesn’t seem to have spent much money on sets, costumes, or screenplay writing.   I

  • Movies | July 24, 2014

    ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ lacks stars, humor, spectacle

    “The Purge,” junior, is not a horror movie. “Anarchy,” writer and director James DeMonaco’s title for the second movie in the series, is an action movie with a political side. This is unfortunate. Horror movies allow opportunities for imagination to overcome deficits in production

  • Movies | July 22, 2014

    ‘Korengal’ is inferior to ‘Restrepo,’ but still worthwhile

    G.w.clift1

    Documentary films are very different from the narrative films we usually see at the twelve-plex. Far too many of them are made for political reasons. The few that make it into general release, and into our commercial theaters, are usually more subtle. I remember a

  • Movies | July 21, 2014

    ‘Sex Tape’: Old name, old idea, but kind of a fun film

    G.w.clift1

    There is usually something significant about the language we choose to use. Well, despite the “digital revolution,” we are still, apparently, choosing to call audio-video recordings “sex tapes.” So, six years after “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” Hollywood is offering us the new screen

  • Movies | July 16, 2014

    War film screening, question-and-answer session set

    Independent film “KORENGAL: This is What War Feels Like” explores the questions behind combat. It will premiere for one week in Manhattan starting 7 p.m. on Friday at the Carmike Seth Childs 12 theater, 2610 Farm Bureau Road. The film, directed New York-based writer and journalist Sebastian

  • Movies | July 14, 2014

    ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ doesn’t move the story forward

    G.w.clift1

    Let’s get started right now fabricating the title of the next Planet of the Apes film. We’ve already had “Planet of the Apes” twice, in 1968 and, as if we needed the exercise repeated, in 2001. We’ve had “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”

  • Movies | July 10, 2014

    Bana best thing in high-powered ‘Deliver Us From Evil’

    G.w.clift1

    Do you suppose Eric Bana is the greatest movie actor of his generation? Even film fans who have forgotten his past performances (in movies like “Munich,” “Hanna,” “Troy,” “Lucky You,” “Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Funny People,” “Star Trek,” and “The Other Boleyn Girl”) will immediately

  • Movies | July 09, 2014

    Attractive, well-acted ‘Chef’ hardly makes a ripple

    G.w.clift1

    Even some Manhattanites who are aware of the recently released and much praised “Chef” may not know it has arrived here. They won’t know why it is playing two matinees every afternoon and no evening shows. Heck, they won’t even know the tickets


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