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This image released by Disney - Marvel shows, from left, Zoe Saldana, the character Rocket Racoon, voiced by Bladley Cooper, Chris Pratt, the character Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista in a scene from "Guardians Of The Galaxy." (AP Photo/Disney - Marvel)

Summer movie preview: Hollywood bets big again

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Like jumbo jets on the runway, Hollywood’s summer movies are lined up, ready for takeoff. Will they hit any turbulence? If the movie business had a “fasten your seat belt” light, it was certainly flashing last summer. A number of high-profile films tanked while onlookers like Steven Spielberg warned of a coming “implosion” for an increasingly blockbuster-bound Hollywood. A kind … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bad Country: When Baton Rouge police detective Bud Carter (Willem Dafoe) busts contract killer Jesse Weiland (Matt Dillon), he convinces Jesse to become an informant and rat out the South’s most powerful crime ring. Also stars Tom Berenger, John Braymer, Patrick Brinker. Not rated Devil’s Due: After a mysterious, lost night on their … 0

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 … 0

‘Captain America’ superhero role ‘epic’ for Mackie

Thursday, April 3, 2014

For Anthony Mackie, landing the role of the Falcon in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” meant more than inking his dream deal with Marvel. “When I heard I got the role I broke down in tears,” said Mackie … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, April 3, 2014

August: Osage County: The strong-willed women of the Weston family have gone their separate ways until a family crisis brings them back together in the Oklahoma family home. Stars Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan … 0

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘La Dolce Vita’ at Amherst Cinema

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

When Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” opened in 1960, New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther cited its “brilliantly graphic estimation of a whole swath of society in sad decay,” calling it “an awesome picture, licentious in content … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “God’s Not Dead.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Le Week-End” and “Omar” and continues showing “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “Divergent” and “Noah.” Today’s movie review, on … 0

MOVIE REVIEW: Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ is everything — except boring

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What to make of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”? Perhaps that’s the wrong question. Indeed, what NOT to make of “Noah”? Because it is so many things. It is, of course, a biblical blockbuster, a 21st-century answer to Cecil B. … 0

Rights to Jonathan Winters mockumentary for sale on EBay

Monday, March 31, 2014

LOS ANGELES — When a documentary-turned-mockumentary about the late comic great Jonathan Winters debuted in 2011, it didn’t go far commercially. So what could “Certifiably Jonathan” producers Richard Marshall and Matt Fortnow do with hundreds of hours of … 0

‘Noah’ tops box office with $44 million debut

Sunday, March 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After weathering a sea of controversy, “Noah” arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount’s biblical epic starring Russell Crowe in the titular role opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, March 28, 2014

Contact theaters for show times; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (NR) The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Veronica Mars (PG-13) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 27, 2014

300: Rise of an Empire: Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Artemisia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy. Also stars Lena Headey. Rated … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. Also stars Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, … 0