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Movie review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’ heartfelt but dull

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including “Noah” and “Son of God,” “Heaven Is for Real” is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy’s account of his trip to heaven that’s likely to please the devout, but won’t entice religious cynics. After undergoing harrowing surgery for a ruptured appendix, young Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) begins recalling his journey … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “Brick Mansions,” “The Other Woman” and “The Quiet Ones.” The Amherst Cinema opens “The Railway Man” and continues showing “Finding Vivian Maier,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Lunchbox.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “Rio 2” and “Transcendence.” Today’s movie review, on page C4, is “Heaven Is for Real.” For capsule … 0

TCM stays classic as other channels change

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Remember how great it was when cable first offered that niche channel you’d always wanted? TV Land’s launch revived memorable tube treats “Hill Street Blues” and “Honey West.” TNN showed down-home diversions like lawn-mower racing. History went wall-to-wall with, well, history. There was something for everyone. But today? Cable may hold 10 times more channels, yet they tend to look alike. TV Land … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, April 18, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Contact theaters for show times; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Finding Vivian Maier (NR) Le Week-End (R) The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) The … 0

Director Bob Peterson, Ed Asner to speak at Northampton showing of “Up”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creative collaboration? Bob Peterson says he’s all for it. And the writer and co-director of the Disney/Pixar movie “Up” knows something about sharing ideas to create memorable art. Peterson, a longtime contributing artist at Pixar Animation Studios, will … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “A Haunted House 2,” “Bears,” “Dom Hemingway,” “Heaven Is for Real,” “Transcendence” and “Under the Skin.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Finding Vivian Maier” and continues showing “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Lunch Box” and “Le Week-End.” The Tower … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, March 27, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Finding Vivian Maier (NR) The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Le Week-End (R) The Lunchbox (PG) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bears: A documentary, narrated by John C. Reilly, that follows an Alaskan bear family as its young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Rated G. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), … 0

Pfister, Depp reunite for sci-fi ‘Transcendence’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

For more than a decade, cinematographer Wally Pfister brought director Christopher Nolan’s cinematic visions to life. Now, he’s the one calling the shots. His directorial debut, the new sci-fi mystery “Transcendence,” has many elements of a Nolan blockbuster … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Barefoot: The “black sheep” son of a wealthy family meets a young psychiatric patient who’s been raised in isolation her entire life. He takes the naive young woman home for his brother’s wedding. Stars Evan Rachel Wood, Scott … 0

Review: ‘Rio 2’ dazzling but overloaded

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, “Rio 2” is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas. The sequel opens with a vibrant New Year’s … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, April 11, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check theaters for show times; phone numbers and websites are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Le Week-End (R) The Lunchbox (PG) The Unknown … 0

Frederick Law Olmsted, American Pioneer Florence documentary producers offer new film on famous landscape architect

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Parks might seem the most basic sort of amenity for a city — a place where people can escape the pressure and noise of urban life and enjoy a taste of the natural world that asphalt and concrete … 0