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Finding Dory: Aquatic adventure runs deep

FINDING DORY: Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Idris Elba, Michael Sheen, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence. Directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane. Rated G (Some scenes may scare young children) By John Mulderig FANS of the 2003 animated adventure Finding Nemo have reason to rejoice – the long wait for a sequel is over, and the follow-up Finding ... Read More »

Man who walked around the world returns to Panama to thank a stranger

The Road to Adolfo

IMAGINE a stranger walks through your street, barely able to stand after hiking for 45km. He asks the nearby locals for a place to sleep. They laugh. Agitated by their amusement, you consider putting him up in your house, but fear this tall white man may not fit in your one-bedroom home with barely four walls. There’s also the issue ... Read More »

Swapping souls for life

SELF/LESS: Starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley, Matthew Goode, Natalie Martinez, Michelle Dockery. Directed by Tarsem Singh. Rated M (Violence, mature the,es and infrequent coarse language) 117 minutes By Kurt Jensen THE gunfire and car crashes that dominate the second hour of the soul-swapping thriller Self/less are sure signs that this ponderous property has run out of ideas. Yet director Tarsem ... Read More »

Terror turns into tedium

THE GALLOWS: Starring Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford, Travis Cluff. Directed by Travis Cluff. Rated M (Supernatural themes and violence) 81 minutes. By John Mulderig AS if the average high school weren’t a scary enough venue already, “The Gallows” adds a ghost to the mix. Though little blood flows as this noose-toting spectre stalks the locker-lined halls, ... Read More »

Little ones in show of virtue

MINIONS: Starring Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Steve Coogan, Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Geoffrey Rush. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda. Rated PG (Mild animated violence) 91 minutes By John Mulderig FILLET it how you will, “Minions” is a rare treat. This bright 3D animated comedy traces the history of the yellow, capsule-shaped creatures whose endearing presence in the background ... Read More »

Winding the clock back

TERMINATOR: GENISYS: Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jason Clarke, Jai Courtney, Lee Byung-hun. Directed by Alan Taylor. Rated M (Science fiction violence and infrequent coarse language). 126 minutes By John Mulderig ANY movie plot that hangs on the ability of an adult character to journey into the past to give vital advice to himself as a child is bound to ... Read More »

Feel the love on inside

INSIDE OUT: Starring Kaitlyn Dias, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader. Directed by Pete Docter. Rated PG (Mild themes) 102 minutes By John Mulderig WHILE the tiniest film fans might be put off by the peril in which its characters occasionally find themselves, the splendid comedy “Inside Out” offers all others outstanding entertainment founded on strong ... Read More »

Hardy tale of romance

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD: Starring Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Rated M (Mature themes and sex scene) 118 minutes By Joseph McAleer THOMAS Hardy’s 1874 novel about romantic entanglements in the English countryside returns to the big screen in “Far from the Madding Crowd”. In this fourth film adaptation of ... Read More »

Rescue of a Beach Boy

Hit machine: A re-creation of the 1960s star group The Beach Boys in the movie Love & Mercy.

LOVE & MERCY: Starring John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Kenny Wormald. Directed by Bill Pohlad. Rated M (Mature themes, drug use and coarse language) 121 minutes By Kurt Jensen GREAT art arising from unremitting suffering is a time-tested motion-picture theme. When this reliable template is applied to the biographies of pop-culture stars, however, what typically occurs – ... Read More »

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