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  • Movies | August 31, 2015

    ‘No Escape’ has lots of positives ... and problems

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    The new movie thriller “No Escape” gives viewers some likable characters and then endangers those characters for two hours. The movie can be active and it is loaded with suspense. So why won’t you like it? Some moviegoers will, of course. The Dowdle brothers,

  • Movies | August 24, 2015

    ‘American Ultra’ generally amusing, but will it sell?

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    “American Ultra,” with its solid cast and sharp editing, was going to be amusing to watch. The question was, could it be a hit? The concept, which was not altogether new, was still going to be tricky to sell. The story is the old Hitchcock

  • Movies | August 20, 2015

    It’s a quiet month for new DVD releases

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    It turns out that this month is one of those oddly quiet ones in the DVD release business. Maybe the powers in Hollywood think we’re all too busy watching baseball to want to see movies, at least at home. There are some potentially interesting,

  • Movies | August 18, 2015

    ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is long but never dull

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    For a movie about an abiding legend and a movie that feels relatively genuine, F. Gary Gray’s “Straight Outta Compton” seems to have been made of relatively few kinds of parts. The rappers and disc jockeys in NWA, the 80s and 90s music group,

  • Movies | August 17, 2015

    New ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E’ a spy movie with a difference

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    As the spy movie goes through its current boom in popularity, writer and director Guy Ritchie’s film “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” stands out in several ways. Some of what is important about the movie has to do with what it

  • Movies | August 14, 2015

    Skip ‘Fantastic Four’; go see ‘Rogue Nation’

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    The story about the making of the latest “Fantastic Four,” just nine years after the last “Fantastic Four” series was launched, is a good deal more interesting than is the movie itself. The film rights to the Marvel Comics superheroes were, one reads, just about

  • Movies | August 13, 2015

    Make your way to the theaters to see ‘The Gift’

    In August, street construction always turns Manhattan into a bureaucrat’s credo. But if you can somehow route yourself out to Seth Child, there are some interesting movies currently playing in town. One of them is “The Gift,” a suspense film about a stalker—except

  • Movies | August 12, 2015

    ‘Ricki and the Flash’: Good film but wrong era

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    Director Jonathan Demme, who gave us “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” is a well-known Rock music fan. He has made a couple of movies about Neil Young, so when he recruited a band of veterans to back Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash,”

  • Movies | August 11, 2015

    Allen fans may find his new movie disappointing

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    Woody Allen is back in movie theaters with his customary mix of jazz, romantic settings, posturing, characters who all talk alike, big stars trying to prove themselves, and quick cutting. The writer and director’s new movie is called “Irrational Man.” It stars Joaquin Phoenix,

  • Movies | August 10, 2015

    ‘Shaun the Sheep’ well done, but not for everybody

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    Aardman Animation, a company in the United Kingdom, uses tons of imagination in producing “Shaun the Sheep,” a television series now represented by a feature film. These are the guys who did the “Wallace and Gromit” movies, among other things. But as fast moving, comic,


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