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’Hunger Games’ finale retains top spot over newcomers ‘Good Dinosaur,’ ‘Creed’

Monday, November 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Thanksgiving audiences stuffed themselves with helpings of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2” at the weekend box office. The finale of the young adult movie series led ticket sales for a second weekend, beating out newcomers “The Good Dinosaur” and “Creed.” The second installment of the “Mockingjay” arc grossed an estimated $75.8 million in the U.S. and Canada over the five-day holiday break. Although analysts had …

Movie capsules

Monday, November 30, 2015

BRIDGE OF SPIES: In Stephen Spielberg’s Cold War drama, an American lawyer (Tom Hanks) is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers, captured by the Soviets. Also features Alan Alda …

An unlikely meeting: Hampshire College professor explores his European roots for new film

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

When he set out over a year ago to begin making a film about his roots in Poland, Abraham Ravett hoped he might somehow reconnect with a then-teenage girl who had been his regular babysitter when he was a toddler. But the Hampshire College film professor said at the time that he wasn’t …

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Do we still need James Bond?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) “Spectre” marks the fourth feature film where Daniel Craig has slipped into a tuxedo, sipped a martini (shaken, not stirred) and saved the world as super spy James Bond. It’s been announced he will reprise the role at least one more …

Sylvester Stallone is back as Rocky Balboa, who’s in a fight with mortality

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

By Josh Rottenberg Los Angeles Times (TNS) In Sylvester Stallone’s mind, he had hung up the boxing gloves. No more jogging up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. No more “Yo, Adrian!” No more one-armed push-ups to the strains of “Gonna Fly Now.” No more Rocky. After 2006’s …

Box office flops mount

Sunday, November 1, 2015

NEW YORK — Sandra Bullock’s political satire “Our Brand Is Crisis” and Bradley Cooper’s chef drama “Burnt” added to a pileup of flops at the box office, where new wide releases have gone a startling 0-for-9 in the …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Debt of Honor’ at Academy of Music

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Advances in the field of medicine mean deaths on the battlefield have been markedly reduced. But, they also mean increased numbers of veterans return home with severe injuries that, combined with psychological trauma, make adjustment to civilian life …

Movie times

Thursday, October 29, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Assassin (NR) Daily 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:50 a.m.; Sun. no 4:40, also 4:50; Thurs. no 9:35 The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (NR) Daily 2:20 …

Movie capsules

Thursday, August 6, 2015

THE ASSASSIN: An assassin accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in 7th-century China. Winner of Best Director at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Stars Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki. Not rated. BLACK MASS: The …

Years after CBS scandal, answers to Bush questions elusive

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Rushing to meet a deadline proved to be the downfall of Dan Rather and his CBS News team when their story questioning former President George W. Bush’s military record collapsed in 2004, a media scandal that is the …

New on DVD

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Before We Go: Two strangers stuck in Manhattan for the night grow into each other’s most trusted confidants during an evening of unexpected adventure. Stars Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Maria Breyman. Rated PG-13. Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas: In …

Movie review: Truth is elusive, slippery in entertaining ‘Truth’

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

There’s a scene in “Truth,” James Vanderbilt’s crisp, absorbing new film about the doomed 2004 CBS story on then-president George W. Bush and his National Guard service, where execs are doing something utterly mundane. They’re looking at a …

New breed of filmmakers revitalizing horror genre

Friday, October 23, 2015

By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) “Horror films don’t create fear,” said the late Wes Craven. “They release it.” Craven should know. The maestro created three milestones of 1970s, ’80s and ’90s terror — “The Last House on the Left,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Scream.” …