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Review: Mission: Fairly Difficult?

posted: 07/31/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

The main difference between James Bond and Ethan Hunt is really in the people portraying the characters: There have been seven actors to portray Bond since his debut in 1962; since the first "Mission: Impossible" film, back in 1996, there has only been one Hunt, and that would be Tom Cruise.

Home Movies

posted: 07/31/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

"Revenge of the Mekons," directed by Joe Angio: This energetic, raucous documentary draws a sharp-edged yet affectionate portrait of the Mekons, a genre-defying British cult band that’s been creating its unique brand of punk rock since 1977.

Review: Infinitely Polar Bear

posted: 07/31/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

I find movies like "Infinitely Polar Bear" to be highly problematic to review. This is a movie that feels very specific, the product of processed pain.

Review: Aloft

posted: 07/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Before I saw Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's film "Aloft" at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, I'd heard that the film was "impenetrable."


posted: 07/31/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

"Vacation," 66, R: Billed as a "sequel" to "National Lampoon's Vacation," but pretty much a remake.

Pixels just blip for No. 1 Ant-Man

posted: 07/31/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

After receiving a Donkey Kong-style pounding from critics, "Pixels," the '80s video-game comedy starring Adam Sandler, was edged out at the box office on its opening weekend, failing to take the No. 1 spot from "Ant-Man," which added about $25 million to its take.

Review: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

posted: 07/31/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The quirky charm, visual wit and melancholy undertow of Reif Larsen's "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet" translate joyously to the screen in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet," a rare example of source and adaptation making a perfect match.

Review: Vacation

posted: 07/31/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Should you actually have the time and money to afford a ticket to "Vacation," I would recommend leaving immediately after the opening credits. The lion's share of the laughs occur then.


posted: 07/31/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Dark Places, R: Charlize Theron plays a woman whose testimony at age 7 sent her 16-year-old brother (Tye Sheridan) to prison for life for the murder of their mother and two sisters. Aug. 7.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/31/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. It will be a year marked by fascination. Prioritize the people, places and interests that spark your curiosity. In August, this spark will turn into a fire.

On Christianity

posted: 07/31/2015 1:46 a.m. Comments 7

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't believe in some kind of last judgment or hell. I think Christians just dreamed them up to scare people into believing the same way they do. Once this life is over, that's the end as far as I'm concerned.

Super Quiz: The King

posted: 07/31/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

1. "The King of Swing"

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/31/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Water is inviting this time of year, but can also be dangerous. Please read through the following hints so you or someone you love doesn't become a sad statistic.

New Vacation elicits look at laughable remakes

posted: 07/31/2015 1:39 a.m. Discuss

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 a great comedy.

MovieStyle: Your mission, if you choose to accept it ...

posted: 07/30/2015 11 a.m. Discuss

These are the dog days of summer, and it's OK to seek out a dim cavernous movie theater for simple relief. So why not go see Tom Cruise hanging off the side of a plane?




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