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Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: On Netlix — ‘Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter’; ‘The Judge’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On Demand This week I hit pay dirt on Netflix: the Swedish television series “Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter.” The story is so compelling, I quickly forgot I was reading subtitles. It’s about a tabloid newspaper crime reporter who tries as hard to solve the crimes she’s covering as the detectives she needles for information. She’s got two young children and a husband who is tired of her workaholic ways. If …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 30, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) The Blue Room (R) Dear White People (R) Hard-Boiled Noir: Gilda (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG) Before …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The day for young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) begins with gum stuck in his hair, and is followed by more calamities. He gets little sympathy from his family and he begins to wonder if bad things happen only to him. But his mom (Jennifer …

Movie Listings

Friday, October 10, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Jimi: All is By My Side (R) Last Days in Vietnam (NR) Love Is Strange (R) The Maltese Falcon (NR) …

A former Valley resident comes home with ‘laugh-out-loud’ entry in the Northampton International Film Festival

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When Pete Yagmin was a young boy, growing up in Easthampton, he wanted to make movies. Now, after 15 years living away from the area, Yagmin is preparing for a visit to the Valley, and he is bringing …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Dreadful ‘Dolemite’

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Love them or hate them, blaxploitation films made a big splash in the ’70s. There were some classics of the genre, including ‘Shaft,” with Richard Roundtree, and “Foxy Brown,” with Pam Greer. “Dolemite” is not among these. An …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY: The day for young Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) begins with gum stuck in his hair, and is followed by more calamities. He gets little sympathy from his family and …

Movie listings

Thursday, October 9, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Jimi: All is By My Side (R) Last Days in Vietnam (NR) Love Is Strange (R) The Maltese Falcon (NR) …

‘Over the Garden Wall’ gets lost in creator’s imagination

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Trying to describe “Over the Garden Wall,” Cartoon Network’s first animated miniseries, is at once easy and difficult. Easy, because the story is quite simple: Two brothers (voiced by Elijah Wood and Collin Dean) get lost in a …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mr. Peabody & Sherman: The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created. Stars the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert. Rated PG. Persecuted: …

Movie Review: ‘Alexander’ a snappy, benign comedy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Given its premise, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” could have been a lot more horrible and no good than it is. In fact, at a quick 82 minutes, this straight-arrow family comedy about …

Steve Martin to receive Life Achievement Award

Friday, October 3, 2014

The American Film Institute announced Friday that comedian-actor-musician-writer-banjo player Steve Martin is the recipient of the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award. Previous winners of the prestigious honor include Jane Fonda, Mel Brooks, James Cagney, John Ford, Sidney Poitier, …

‘Holding Hands with Ilsa’: Hampshire College film professor explores his roots in post-WWII Poland

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It’s just a tendril of the past: a faded, somewhat blotchy black-and-white photo of a teenage girl, standing in a meadow with her hands on the shoulders of a small boy. Both face the camera, but between the …