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Movie review: A deglamorized Aniston in the drab ‘Cake’

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ah, to de-glam. It’s one of the surest shortcuts to newfound artistic appreciation: a bedraggled deviation into dowdy drama by a beautiful star. Acclaim by way of sweatpants. “Cake,” in which Jennifer Aniston plays a bitterly grieving, caustically acerbic and chronically pained Los Angeles woman, belongs to a contrived kind of low-budget movie — drab and depressed, but predictably poignant …

Weekend planner — Film: ‘Badpuss: A Popumentary’ at Smith College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“A total romp” as well as “artful, smart, clever and sometimes shocking,” says Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen of “Badpuss: A Popumentary,” a feature-length, “This Is Spinal Tap”-type satire centering on the rise and fall of an all-girl rock band. The film is the work of Smith College alumnae Emily Wiest and Abigail Milnor, …

A voice and vision for Africa Mount Holyoke College professor’s documentary on seminal African filmmaker debuts at Sundance

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s a story that almost defies belief. Ousmane Sembène, born in the French colony of Senegal in 1923, had been kicked out of school in the fifth grade for fighting, and by his teens was a laborer in Dakar, Senegal’s capital. During World War II, he was drafted into the French army, and …

New on DVD

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Good Lie: Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where an encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. Stars Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany. …

Steve Carell vows not to ‘play it safe anymore’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Long before Steve Carell was showered in acclaim for his startling transformation into John du Pont for the true-crime drama “Foxcatcher,” he was walking home from set, commiserating with co-star Mark Ruffalo. “We both looked at each other …

Under hackers’ threats, Sony cancels film release

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation’s largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of …

Movie review: Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press ’Tis clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds. Sound overly specific? Consider: A few weeks ago we had “The Theory of Everything,” starring Eddie …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘The Great Rupert’ — a 1950s gem starring Jimmy Durante and a squirrel

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I noticed that in my vast morass of movies there are very few Christmas flicks. So on a recent shopping trip I purchased a “Christmas Collectors Set” of six movies, and then had to decide which was awful …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘The Message of Light’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Titled “The Message in Light,” Sunday’s final event in Historic Northampton’s fall “Fast Forward” film series will feature two works by local filmmakers investigating aspects of light that allow us to see both the world around us and …

Movie listings

Thursday, December 11, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Birdman (R) Citizenfour (R) Force Majeure (R) The Muppet Christmas Carol (G) The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (PG) The …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BIG HERO 6: A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (the voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (the voice of Ryan Potter), when they team up with a group of friends to form a …

New on DVD

Thursday, December 11, 2014

At the Devil’s Door: When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple …

Q&A: Chris Rock on ‘Top Five’ and fame

Thursday, December 11, 2014

With his latest and best film in tow, Chris Rock is back in the spotlight right when we most need him. There’s no more salient voice on race in America, not to mention most other things in America, …