Movies

Review: ‘Lucy’ won’t stretch your brain

So let’s start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?


Review: Allen casts a limp spell in 'Magic in the Moonlight'

Woody Allen's late period has been defined by a quality you wouldn't have expected from the man who produced the inspired chaos of "Bananas" or the Fellini-esque carnival of "Stardust Memories": tidiness.


Review: 'Purge' sequel provides requisite thrills

There's a lot more purging going on in this inevitable sequel to last summer's surprise horror hit "The Purge." Expanding the parameters of the low-budget original by taking the action literally out into the streets, "The Purge: Anarchy" efficiently exploits its high-concept premise while delivering far more visceral thrills than its predecessor. Like it or not, a new franchise seems to have been born.


Review: 'Sex Tape' an X-rated tale with a PG plot

The high-concept comedies spawned by "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" need to start using birth control.


Woodstock Summer in the Park schedule

With a goal to make Summer in the Park the city’s signature event every year, Woodstock leaders lined up a slew of music and events for the inaugural fest.


‘Planes’ never takes flight

Before the final credits roll on “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” my 7-year-old turns and says to me: “If they come out with a toy of that, can I get it?”


No monkey business in 'Planet of the Apes'

Digital characters have by now long populated our movies like unwanted house guests. Some of these CGI inventions, like Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings," have been pleasant, even precious company. But most have disrupted our movie worlds – and not just as monsters tearing our cities apart, but as awkward distractions to our cinematic realities. The name Jar Jar Binks will forever be followed by solemn head shaking. Never forget.


Movies & stars: Free film showings draw crowds to area parks

The last hot pinks and golds of sunset have melted down past the horizon, and the sky is now a light purple-gray. Not full night, but too dark to play catch.


'America: Imagine the World Without Her': A scattershot movie

At the start of "America: Imagine the World Without Her," Gen. George Washington is killed by a British sniper. He's one of the few targets that takes a direct hit in conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza's scattershot movie.


McCarthy’s ‘Tammy’ misses the Mark

Meet Tammy. Boy, is she a mess. Angry, profane and aggressive, then suddenly shy and sweet. Sometimes she’s funny, sometimes totally not. She can’t figure out what she wants to do or be, or where to go. She has loads of people around her, yet can’t figure out what to do with them. This one’s in desperate need of outside help.


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