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"The Hospital": Health Care We Probably Don't Want -- But a Movie We Do!

"The Hospital": Health Care We Probably Don't Want -- But a Movie We Do!

“The Hospital” entertains us as a satire containing a mix of comedy, drama, and mystery. George C. Scott plays Herbert Block, whose life is mo…

February 27, 2015 3:00 am Photos

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‘Lazarus’ almost raises a whole film genre from the dead

‘Lazarus’ almost raises a whole film genre from the dead

“The Lazarus Effect” is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul.

February 26, 2015 3:58 pm(0)

‘Birdman’ is the kind of movie that benefits most from winning best picture

“Birdman” may have scored the top awards at the Oscars, but it has hardly soared at the box office.

February 25, 2015 4:43 pm(0)

Smith and Robbie throw a wet blanket into “Focus”

Smith and Robbie throw a wet blanket into “Focus”

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conn…

February 25, 2015 4:39 pm(0)

NAU Film Series: Seeing clearly

NAU Film Series: Seeing clearly

In my experience, one of the greatest challenge for many artists is clarity of vision -- that is, the ability to communicate a message through…

February 20, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' is lukewarm, at best

'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' is lukewarm, at best

John Cusack has been reduced to Z-grade action comedies, shot in Australia and co-starring Thomas Jane, at this stage of his career.

February 19, 2015 3:18 pm(0)

Oscars producers hoping for another ‘Adele Dazeem’ moment

The day after the Oscars last year, the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron received a call from John Travolta apologizing for fumblin…

February 18, 2015 5:33 pm(0)

‘McFarland’ is feel good movie of February

‘McFarland’ is feel good movie of February

His name is Jim White. He’s a coach. But that last name is all the students — his prospective athletes — need to know at McFarland High School.

February 18, 2015 5:34 pm(0)

Sedona Film Festival: Where reels and red rocks meet

Sedona Film Festival: Where reels and red rocks meet

Even for a machine as well oiled as the Sedona International Film Festival, solidifying a lineup often whittles down to the wire. Between book…

February 15, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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Sedona Film Festival Sidebar

The Sedona International Film Festival is appropriately renowned for its compelling feature films, shorts, documentaries and world cinema choi…

February 15, 2015 3:00 am(0)

NAU Film Series: Sweet and sour: Billy Wilder's secret to success

NAU Film Series: Sweet and sour: Billy Wilder's secret to success

The theme of this year’s NAU College of Arts & Letters Film Series is original Oscar nominated and winning screenplays. Such a series woul…

February 13, 2015 3:00 am(0)

‘Fifty Shades’ of dull

‘Fifty Shades’ of dull

Christian Grey summons up his most menacing voice and makes his threat.

February 12, 2015 4:06 pm Photos

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Spider-Man heads to Marvel Cinematic Universe before next solo film

LOS ANGELES (TNS) — Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

February 10, 2015 9:59 pm(0)

“Kingsman” sends up Bond by stealing a (bad) Bond movie plot

The Spy Who Amused Me, James Bond, has abdicated that title. That’s the gap the Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons comic “The Secret Service” leaped int…

February 10, 2015 9:55 pm(0)

NAU Film Series: "La Strada": Fellini’s road

NAU Film Series: "La Strada": Fellini’s road

In the opening scene of Italian director Federico Fellini’s film “La Strada,” a cruel circus strongman buys a girl from a poor family for 10,0…

February 06, 2015 3:00 am Photos

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Bridges almost saves ‘Seventh Son’ from being a total snoozer

Bridges almost saves ‘Seventh Son’ from being a total snoozer

The only question that’s worth considering in “Seventh Son” is whether this all-star B-movie is bad enough to cost Julianne Moore her “Still A…

February 05, 2015 3:52 pm(0)

‘Spongebob’ steps out of water for his latest movie

‘Spongebob’ steps out of water for his latest movie

Spongebob Squarepants goes where Homer Simpson and others have gone before, an animated character who steps out of his colorful 2D world and i…

February 03, 2015 9:23 pm Photos

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‘Jupiter’ is the nadir of the Wachowski’s big budget career

‘Jupiter’ is the nadir of the Wachowski’s big budget career

The Wachowskis cash their last blank check from Warner Brothers with “Jupiter Ascending,” an excruciatingly empty chunk of eye candy that spen…

February 03, 2015 9:18 pm(0)

Local filmmaker gets screening at Harkins beginning today

Local filmmaker gets screening at Harkins beginning today

A troubled veteran. A missing grandfather. A secret government agency -- and the Navajo Nation.

January 30, 2015 5:30 am Photos

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NAU Film Series: Escaping reality with 'American in Paris'

NAU Film Series: Escaping reality with 'American in Paris'

“An American in Paris” is the perfect film to escape reality.

January 29, 2015 11:38 pm Photos

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‘Almanac’ lets teens time travel, with predictable consequences

‘Almanac’ lets teens time travel, with predictable consequences

Time travel meets “found footage” in “Project Almanac,” a “Blair Witch/Chronicle” tale about pretty teens tampering with all things temporal.

January 29, 2015 4:02 pm(0)

‘Black or White’ finds dramatic promise in the grey areas of American race relations

‘Black or White’ finds dramatic promise in the grey areas of American race relations

“Selma” wasn’t the only film about race to get short shrift from Oscar voters this past year. “Black or White” is a frank, touching and very w…

January 27, 2015 6:47 pm Photos

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NAU College of Arts and Letters Film Series: The 'Notorious' Alfred

NAU College of Arts and Letters Film Series: The 'Notorious' Alfred

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 romantic spy thriller, “Notorious,” is ranked by many people as their favorite Hitchcock film.

January 23, 2015 3:30 am Photos

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George Lucas works ‘Strange Magic’ with new animated film

Forget Joseph Campbell and “The Power of Myth.” The inspiration for “Strange Magic,” the new animated feature co-written and produced by “Star…

January 22, 2015 3:42 pm(0)

‘The Boy Next Door’ is lousy neighbor

‘The Boy Next Door’ is lousy neighbor

Jennifer Lopez’s new movie, “The Boy Next Door,” is cheesier than a Chicago double topping deep dish pizza. From the profoundly absurd idea th…

January 21, 2015 6:23 pm Photos

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Is 'Sniper' a litmus test for patriotism?

“Selma” didn’t stand a chance. On the long weekend celebrating the defiantly nonviolent legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., American moviegoers …

January 20, 2015 4:44 pm(0)

Average movie ticket price rose to $8.17 in 2014

The average price of a movie ticket rose to $8.17 in 2014, the highest yearly average on record, according to The National Assn. of Theatre Owners.

January 20, 2015 4:35 pm(0)

Hemsworth misfires in cyber-thriller 'Blackhat'

Hemsworth misfires in cyber-thriller 'Blackhat'

I can see casting Chris Hemsworth as Thor. After all, he’s 6 feet 3, and Hollywood’s physique trainers have bulked him up to Marvel superhero …

January 16, 2015 3:00 am(0)

NAU Film Series: 'Road to Utopia': Lowbrow genius

NAU Film Series: 'Road to Utopia': Lowbrow genius

This week’s offering is the 1946 comedy “Road to Utopia.” The film was the fourth of the hugely successful Road series that starred Bing Crosb…

January 16, 2015 3:00 am Photos

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‘Wedding Ringer’ is a winner

‘Wedding Ringer’ is a winner

“The Wedding Ringer” is “Wedding Crashers Redux,” a “Hangover Lite” that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart’s persona into someone almost as fu…

January 13, 2015 6:53 pm(0)

‘Paddington’ summons cuddly memories of everybody’s favorite British bear

‘Paddington’ summons cuddly memories of everybody’s favorite British bear

“Paddington” brings children’s book hero Paddington Bear to the screen in a movie as sweet as orange marmalade, as sentimental as a stuffed to…

January 13, 2015 6:51 pm(0)

‘American Sniper’ leaves too much unexplored

‘American Sniper’ leaves too much unexplored

Arriving in theaters just over 22 months after Chris Kyle’s untimely death at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas, “American Sniper” often …

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NAU Film Series: A movie that changed the movies

NAU Film Series: A movie that changed the movies

Our Original Oscar Winning and Nominated Screenplays season begins with 1941’s “Citizen Kane,” the movie most likely to be called the greatest…

January 09, 2015 3:00 am(0)

Despite premise, stars, ‘Inherent Vice’ a disappointment

“Inherent Vice” is an absurdist gag from the occasionally brilliant writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose exquisite filmography runs fro…

January 07, 2015 6:45 pm(0)

‘Woman in Black’ comes into the light for this unscary sequel

The first wide release of 2015 is a deathly dull affair, a pointless, passionless ghost story sequel that lacks the one big thing the original…

January 05, 2015 5:03 pm(0)

‘Selma’ is moving, but not quite one of the best pictures of 2014

‘Selma’ is moving, but not quite one of the best pictures of 2014

Earnest and often inspiring, “Selma” is a handsomely mounted “Eyes on the Prize” account of the defining protests of the civil rights movement…

January 05, 2015 5:05 pm(0)

NAU Film Series: Serving up screenplays

NAU Film Series: Serving up screenplays

One of the most lauded films in cinema history hits Flagstaff this month as NAU’s College of Arts and Letters Film Series opens its spring ins…

January 02, 2015 4:00 am Photos

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‘Into the Woods’ finds the feeling behind the fables

‘Into the Woods’ finds the feeling behind the fables

The journey from stage to screen has been a remarkably long one for Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods.”

December 24, 2014 3:09 pm Photos

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Hollywood ending a lackluster year at the box office

President Obama urged Americans to go to the movies.

December 23, 2014 4:07 pm(0)

Wahlberg’s ‘Gambler’ never lets us see him sweat

Wahlberg’s ‘Gambler’ never lets us see him sweat

Mark Wahlberg takes on his most ambitious acting job ever in “The Gambler,” a gritty remake of a 1974 film that starred James Caan. And the ne…

December 22, 2014 3:24 pm(0)

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