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Movie review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’ heartfelt but dull

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including “Noah” and “Son of God,” “Heaven Is for Real” is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy’s account of his trip to heaven that’s likely to please the devout, but won’t entice religious cynics. After undergoing harrowing surgery for a ruptured appendix, young Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) begins recalling his journey … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “Brick Mansions,” “The Other Woman” and “The Quiet Ones.” The Amherst Cinema opens “The Railway Man” and continues showing “Finding Vivian Maier,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Lunchbox.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features “Rio 2” and “Transcendence.” Today’s movie review, on page C4, is “Heaven Is for Real.” For capsule … 0

TCM stays classic as other channels change

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Remember how great it was when cable first offered that niche channel you’d always wanted? TV Land’s launch revived memorable tube treats “Hill Street Blues” and “Honey West.” TNN showed down-home diversions like lawn-mower racing. History went wall-to-wall with, well, history. There was something for everyone. But today? Cable may hold 10 times more channels, yet they tend to look alike. TV Land … 0

PVJFF films screening in Hampshire County

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Here are the films being shown in Hampshire County. For a full festival listing, visit www.PVJFF.org. ∎ March 23, 7 p.m., double feature “Ramleh,” documentary, Israel, 2001, 58 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles Director: Michal Aviad Introduced by … 0

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day — ‘Darby O’Gill and the Little People’

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring is near and St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner. It’s time for an Irish-themed bad movie, but what? I would never allow classics like “The Quiet Man” to share the same shelf space with my DVD … 0

Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation expands mission as it turns 20

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg isn’t planning on making any more Holocaust movies. The Oscar-winning director is leaving that to the Shoah Foundation. After “Schindler’s List,” Spielberg turned his lens on real survivors of the World War II … 0

Oscar-winning documentary producer Caitrin Rogers has Northampton roots

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

John Rogers can’t remember exactly when his daughter Caitrin developed an interest in film and the idea of living in California. But by the time she was a teenager, Rogers recalls, his daughter was bound and determined to … 0

Movie Capsules

Thursday, March 13, 2014

3 DAYS TO KILL: A dying Secret Service Agent (Kevin Costner) trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), is offered an experimental drug that could save his life. But there’s a hitch: He must complete one … 0

Movie listings

Thursday, March 13, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Contact theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org If You Build It (NR) Like Father, Like Son (NR) Philomena (PG-13) Tim’s Vermeer (PG-13) The Wind Rises (PG-13) CINEMARK AT … 0

Casting Jesus: Did he really look like Brad Pitt?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can’t be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood. But in the popular new film “Son of God,” Jesus is … 0

New on DVD

Thursday, March 13, 2014

American Hustle: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), and his seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), are forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) who pushes them into a world of … 0

Movie review: The abs strike back in ‘300’ sequel

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The glistening abs are back in “300: Rise of an Empire,” and they’ve been doing crunches. Like its forerunner, the 2007 hit “300,” “Rise of an Empire” again plunges us into bloody, hyper-stylized Greek history: mythology with muscles. … 0

Weekend Planner — Movies

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Playing this week in area theaters: Cinemark in Hadley opens “Need for Speed” and “The Single Moms Club.” The Amherst Cinema opens “If You Build It” and “Tim’s Vermeer” and continues showing “Like Father, Like Son,” “Philomena” and “The Wind Rises.” The Tower Theaters in South Hadley features … 0