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Miss Colombia Paulina Vega waves after becoming  Miss Universe at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe

Monday, January 26, 2015

MIAMI — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday’s pageant in Miami. Vega, a 22-year-old student of business administration from Barranquilla, Colombia, said she would wear the crown with “pride and excitement” as she heard the news that fans in Colombia had taken to the streets to celebrate. Although she was far from home, Vega said she still felt the support from local Latinos. “It felt like home. I felt like I was in Colombia with my people. I felt that …

SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ hopes soaring

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oscar hopes for “Birdman” got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner “Boyhood.” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day …

‘American Sniper’ holds top spot at the box office

Sunday, January 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — “American Sniper” hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. “American Sniper” is up for six Academy Awards, …

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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, …

Movie review: ‘Madagascar’ spin-off hatches family fun

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For a movie that’s more paint by numbers than Picasso, “Penguins of Madagascar” begins with something completely unexpected: a Werner Herzog voiceover. Parodying his own work and documentary films’ obsession with the flightless birds, the German filmmaker gives …

LA film critics crown ‘Boyhood’ best film, Linklater best director

Monday, December 8, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was the big winner Sunday at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards, as the coming-of-age drama shot over 12 years won best film, direction, editing and lead actress. Runner-up for best film was Wes Anderson’s off-beat comedy “The Grand Budapest …

Hanks, Sting among 5 honorees

Monday, December 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — Tom Hanks and Sting joined Lily Tomlin, singer Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride in being awarded this year’s Kennedy Center Honors for influencing American culture through the arts. Top performers and power players from Hollywood, …