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Movie Review: Braff’s fan-funded film doesn’t pay off

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When Zach Braff took to Kickstarter to fund his new movie, “Wish I Was Here,” he explained to fans where their money would go: It would ensure his creative control, allow him to cast the actors he wanted, and enable him to shoot in Los Angeles, rather than someplace cheaper. We can argue about whether these were worthy reasons to … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “A Most Wanted Man,” “And So it Goes,” “Hercules” and “Lucy.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Venus in Furs” and “Wish I Was Here” and continues showing “Begin Again,” “Life Itself,” “Obvious Child” and “Snowpiercer.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “And So It Goes,” “Chef” and “Jersey Boys.” Today’s movie review, on … 0

Film, television legend James Garner dies at 86

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety. James Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly. Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point. This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and … 0

‘Maleficent’ has $70M debut

Sunday, June 1, 2014

NEW YORK — The biggest box-office debut of Angelina Jolie’s career propelled Disney’s twisted fairy tale “Maleficent” to a scary-good $70 million opening. The PG-rated fantasy beat forecasts to easily top all films over the weekend, according to … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, May 30, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for showtimes; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Belle (PG) Fed Up (PG) The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Locke (R) Jodorowsky’s … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST: As a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane, who also wrote and directed) begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town (Charlize Theron), he must put his new-found courage to … 0

Movie Listings

Thursday, May 29, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Belle (PG) Fed Up (PG) The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Locke (R) Jodorowsky’s Dune (PG-13) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Goodbye World: When a mysterious terrorist attack causes chaos in the cities, a group of friends take refuge in their countryside cabin. Stars Adrian Grenier, Scott Mescudi, Mckenna Grace. Not rated. In the Blood: When her husband goes … 0

Happy 75th, movies from 1939! Best year ever?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The movie version of “Gone With the Wind” turns 75 this year. So does “The Wizard of Oz.” And “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” “Stagecoach.” “Of Mice and Men.” Seventy-five years ago, Laurence Olivier starred in “Wuthering Heights,” Robert Donat in “Goodbye Mr. Chips” (who won the best-actor … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and “Maleficent.” The Amherst Cinema opens “Jodorowsky’s Dune” and continues showing “Belle,” “Fed Up,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Locke.” Today’s movie review, on page C4, is “Million Dollar Arm.” … 0

Movie review: Jon Hamm’s baseball film is corny but fun

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Let’s face it, there’s something about a baseball movie that invites corniness. The hardest hearts soften at the mere sound of a cracking bat. And so it is with “Million Dollar Arm,” which makes a direct, uncomplicated, er, … 0

Tarantino calls digital ‘the death of cinema’

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CANNES, France — When Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 for “Pulp Fiction,” he showered his cast with high-fives, bounced to the stage where jury president Clint Eastwood awaited, and promptly … 0

Turkish director’s film lands top Cannes prize

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The longest film in the Festival de Cannes walked off with the biggest prize Saturday night as Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s three-hour-16-minute “Winter Sleep” took home the Palme d’Or. Turkish director Ceylan was visibly moved, despite having won three … 0