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Family movie with hope

TOMORROWLAND: Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, Raffey Cassidy. Directed by Brad Bird. Rated PG (Mild science fiction, violence and coarse language) 130 minutes By Joseph McAleer AGAINST all expectations, Walt Disney took a theme park ride, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and turned it into a blockbuster film franchise. Now the studio has similar hopes for an ... Read More »

Star cast in fading light

DANNY COLLINS: Starring Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer. Directed by Dan Fogelman. Rated M (Mature themes, coarse language, drug use and nudity) By Kurt Jensen A FLAT, vaguely fact-based blend of comedy and drama, “Danny Collins” has nothing new to say about the corrosive effects of fame and vast wealth. As for the saccharine dialogue ... Read More »

Heroes lose their way

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON: Starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Joss Whedon. Rated M (Action violence). 141 minutes By John Mulderig THE seemingly ever-expanding media universe centred on Marvel Comics spawns yet another property with the arrival of the so-so sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Occasional flashes of wit relieve the endless ... Read More »

Against all odds

WOMAN IN GOLD: Starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl. Directed by Simon Curtis. Rated M (Infrequent coarse language) 109 minutes. By Joseph McAleer THE so-called “last prisoners of World War II” await justice and release in “Woman in Gold”. The elegant lady of the title and three other captives profiled in director Simon Curtis’ film aren’t, in fact, human ... Read More »

Age with an odd twist

Daughter and mother: Flemming (Ellen Burstyn, left) with her mother Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) in a scene from The Age of Adaline; and (inset) Michiel Huisman and Blake Lively form a romance.

THE AGE OF ADALINE: Starring, Blake Lively, Harrison Ford, Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Rated M (Mature themes and sexual references). 113 minutes. By John Mulderig GLOSSY proceedings follow on a silly premise in the serviceable romantic drama “The Age of Adaline”. Viewers willing to swallow its whopper of an opening hypothesis will be ... Read More »

A film bereft of laughter

PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2. Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Ver·stegui, Daniella Alonso. Directed by Andy Fickman. 94 minutes. Rated PG (Mild violence). By Kurt Jensen THE stout bromides of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 only serve to make its thin plot and deliberate artlessness more glaring. Kevin James, who co-wrote the screenplay with Nick Bakay, returns as the earnest, ... Read More »

Film tribute to lost actor

FAST & FURIOUS 7. Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and Djimon Hounsou. Directed by James Wan. Rated M (Action violence). 137 min. By Kurt Jensen TRUE to form, exotic settings, stale dictums and always-murky moral values characterise Furious 7 (Universal), the latest installment in the Fast and Furious series. In this go-round, ... Read More »

Oh, what a holiday treat

HOME: Starring (Voices of) Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez. Directed by Tim Johnson. Rated PG (Mild threat) 90 minutesBy John Mulderig PARENTS looking for acceptable holiday entertainment for the kids will probably be satisfied with the lightweight animated adventure “Home”. Whether viewers young or old will remember anything about this merely passable picture for too long, however, is ... Read More »

Family bonds endure in tale

THE BOOK OF LIFE: Starring (voices of) Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate. Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. Rated PG (Mild themes and animated violence) 95 minutes. By Joseph McAleer WHO knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls’ Day, November 2, is the backdrop for ... Read More »

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