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Actor Brad Pitt arrives for the world premiere of “Fury” at the Newseum on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Washington. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

Pitt comfortable with oldest son seeing ‘Fury’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

While the World War II drama “Fury” depicts a gruesome look at war through the exploits of a tank crew in Nazi Germany, Brad Pitt feels his 13-year old son, Maddox, can handle the content. “He’s a World War II buff,” Pitt told The Associated Press on the red carpet for the film’s world premiere. Some have criticized the film’s stark brutality. Scenes of a soldier’s body getting torn up during rapid machine-gun fire or a tank commander decapitated has the made the film a little too real. The newly married father of six contends that when it comes to what’s appropriate for his children, …

‘Fury’ aims for an unvarnished look at war

Thursday, October 23, 2014

At one point during “Fury,” the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt, a tank commander’s head is blown off while he’s hunched outside his vehicle during a fiery battle with a combatant. “Fury” writer-director David Ayer insists he didn’t include the surprise decapitation simply to shock moviegoers. “That was a very common …

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 …

At 40, Brooks’ ‘Frankenstein’ proves forever young

Thursday, September 25, 2014

‘Young Frankenstein” is pushing 40, but is by no means over the hill. The film’s writer-director Mel Brooks and actresses Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr gathered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently for a …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 25, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (R) It Happened One Night (NR) Love Is Strange (R) Manhattan Short Film …

New on DVD

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chef: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise. Stars Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofía Vergara, Oliver Platt, John Leguizamo. Rated …

Movie review: Solid Washington in mediocre ‘Equalizer’

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

If you were lucky enough to catch Denzel Washington in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway, you saw the hugely charismatic actor portray, in an iconic role, the full complexity of a human being: strengths and weaknesses, …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘Xanadu’ is far from perfect

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throughout history, mankind has been searching for that magical place of perfection: Nirvana, Shangri-la, Xanadu. Ah, yes — Xanadu, the palace of the emperor Kubla Khan. Also the name of a castle built by Citizen Kane; a giant …

Movie listings

Thursday, September 18, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Boyhood (R) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (R) Mood Indigo (NR) My Man Godfrey (NR) The Trip to Italy (NR) CINEMARK 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, ext. 1118 cinemark.com As …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover a dark secret. Stars Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge. Rated R. A WALK AMONG THE …

Captain America bike from ‘Easy Rider’ up for auction

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The customized Captain America chopper Peter Fonda rode in “Easy Rider” has come to symbolize the counterculture of the 1960s. Now it’s for sale. The auction house Profiles in History told The Associated Press that …

Movie Review: A-list cast can’t save sappy ‘Leave You’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Somebody dies. Family gathers to mourn. Everybody’s stuck in one house, with all their quirks and foibles and enough emotional baggage to fill an aircraft carrier. What could go wrong? Ha ha. What couldn’t? This scenario could be …

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” “The Maze Runner,” “This is Where I Leave You,” and “Tusk.” The Amherst Cinema opens “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” and “Mood Indigo” and continues showing “Boyhood” and “The Trip to Italy.” The …