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Special Film Screenings This Week
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Special Film Screenings This Week

  There are several exclusive screenings this week – here are a few details, taken from the venue websites and distributor press releases: Wednesday, July 9th: Crest Theatre, “And So It Goes” – 7:30pm Here’s the official synopsis: The New York Film Critics Series screening for July will...

New films: Tammy, Earth to Echo, Snowpiercer
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New films: Tammy, Earth to Echo, Snowpiercer

Three quick moviebriefs for the holiday weekend.   Tammy Directed by Ben Falcone There was a significant amount of laughter during the pre-screening of “Tammy” but I wasn’t contributing to it (except in one single scene – and it’s always a bad sign when you can remember the precise moment you...

New films: Transformers Age of Extinction, Begin Again
Film Review

New films: Transformers Age of Extinction, Begin Again

Transformers: Age of Extinction Directed by Michael Bay The first three Transformers movies are based around a central, stiff, somewhat larger than life, robotic character of dubious intent. But Shia Lebeouf isn’t even in the new one. It’s so easy to make fun of these movies that it seems a little...

New films: Jersey Boys, The Rover
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New films: Jersey Boys, The Rover

Jersey Boys Directed by Clint Eastwood I’ll start with an admission. Several years ago, when I first encountered a listing for “Jersey Boys” on stage, I read the description of the show and just thought it was a generic story about a bunch of kids who formed a band and made it to the big time. I’m...

(Somewhat) New films: How to Train Your Dragon 2, 22 Jump Street
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(Somewhat) New films: How to Train Your Dragon 2, 22 Jump Street

A week of sequels at the movies The two major releases this week are both sequels: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “22 Jump Street.” Both will lack context if you haven’t seen the respective original, although neither would be unwatchable (at least not for that reason). It’s worth noting that both...

New films: A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Locke
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New films: A Million Ways to Die in the West, Maleficent, Locke

A Million Ways to Die in the West Co-Written and Directed by Seth MacFarlane For decades, in books, television and film, we’ve romanticized the American West. Along the way, we’ve tended to ignore the hardships and the lack of conveniences we take for granted – as well as generally avoiding the...

New films: X-Men Days of Future Past, Blended
Film Review

New films: X-Men Days of Future Past, Blended

X-Men: Days of Future Past Directed by Bryan Singer Most viewers of the latest X-Men chapter will be too young to remember Patrick Duffy, as Bobby Ewing, appear in the shower in the original “Dallas” TV series, thus annulling an entire season of the show as nothing more than a character’s dream. If...

New films: Godzilla, Million Dollar Arm, Belle
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New films: Godzilla, Million Dollar Arm, Belle

Godzilla Directed by Gareth Edwards “Godzilla” is one of those flawed movies where the flaws don’t really matter. After all, with that title, most audience members probably haven’t shown up looking for great character development and arcs. Which is good, because there aren’t any. What there is...

New films: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Le Week-End
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New films: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Le Week-End

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Directed by Marc Webb This is the second installment of a reboot of the Spider-Man story that seemed to arrive surprisingly quickly after a series of three somewhat mixed films starring Tobey McGuire (2002, 2004, 2007). The material is so familiar that watching the stories...

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