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Movie review: ‘Vacation’ is a funny homage to its predecessor

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The great American family road trip seems, in the 32 years since we first met the Griswolds, as antiquated a concept as ever. Middle class families fly now — device enabled, efficiency obsessed and always aware of the outside world. Families flew in 1983, too, of course. “National Lampoon’s Vacation” actually begins with a bit of a debate about air …

With a new ‘Vacation,’ a look at laughable comedy remakes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — The modern comedy remake is among the most laughable of movie genres. In Hollywood’s reboot frenzy, the movie industry has increasingly turned to reviving classic comedies, only to find that few things are harder to rekindle than the elusive elements — Bill Murray’s timing, John Belushi’s eyebrows— that make up …

Movie times

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Amy (R) Daily 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:40; Sun. no 1:30, also 11 a.m.; Wed. no 6:45 Breakfast at Tiffany’s (NR) Sun. 2, Wed. 7 Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (NR) Daily 4:40; Sat.-Sun., Tues.-Thurs. also 7:20; Sat.-Sun. also 2:10; Fri. opening …

‘Jurassic World’ passes ‘Avengers’ for biggest movie opening ever

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The dinosaurs are definitively back on top after “Jurassic World” had a Tyrannosaurus-rex-sized opening that proved even bigger than expected. The film brought in $208.8 million in its first weekend in theaters, Universal Pictures said …

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: ‘Can’t Stop the Music’ — no literally, it’s neverending

Thursday, June 11, 2015

In the late 1970s, movie executives decided that pairing Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly would make for must-see cinema. The result was the dreadful but endearing “Xanadu” (see my column of Sept. 12). Lo and behold, it …

Movie times

Thursday, June 11, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:45, 7; Sat. no 1:45; Mon. no 7 I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35; Sat.-Sun. also 11:20 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program, things go horribly wrong and it’s up to the planet’s mightiest heroes to stop the villainous …

Movie review: McCarthy, Feig set their sights on 007 in ‘Spy’

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Ridiculous questions about the funniness and bankability of women have clouded exactly what’s going on here: Nobody is a better comedic actor right now than Melissa McCarthy. She’s a combustible ball of comic fury rolled up in Chaplinesque …

Brian Wilson’s music genius, mental issues are focus of film

Thursday, June 11, 2015

With a shuffling gait and wearing jeans, sneakers and a blue plaid shirt that matches his eyes, Brian Wilson is at the center of a Hollywood whirlwind. This day, he’s been rushing to screenings, giving interviews and posing …

New on DVD

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Beyond the Reach: A high-rolling corporate shark and his impoverished young guide play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave Desert. Stars Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine, Martin Palmer. Rated R. Chappie: In the near …

McCarthy’s ‘Spy’ tops box office

Sunday, June 7, 2015

NEW YORK — Melissa McCarthy left the guys of “Entourage” in the dust, landing her first No. 1 box-office debut as a leading lady with an estimated $30 million weekend for the espionage comedy “Spy.” The result added …

Movie Times

Thursday, June 4, 2015

AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Far From the Madding Crowd (PG-13) Daily 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20; Sat.-Sun. also 11:15 a.m. I’ll See You in My Dreams (PG-13) Daily 2, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30; Sat.-Sun. also 11:25 …

Movie Capsules

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ALOHA: A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love, while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him. Stars Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma …