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On the Big Screen

Action, disasters, superheroes all on tap for spring

By Tony RutherfordSuperheroes lead the beckoning behemoths that compete for your big screen attention. But, following a tepid 2014 schedule, franchises and sequels have a solid sprinkling of films that are not the next chapter in a trilogy or some other cliffhanger. Science-fiction/fantasy ...

‘The Duff’ creators pay homage to John Hughes

No matter the decade, a percentage of young people enter an in-between coming of age period defined blandly as adolescence or more dramatically as the terrible teens. Parents struggle as their former child approaches adulthood. Often, their bodies mature faster than their emotions, logic and ...

‘Jupiter Ascending’ a Cinderella tale in space

Considering the multiple war drums sounding whether from ISIS, the Ukraine or elsewhere, the assortment of dystopian movies harken threatening shadows of soured, societal futures."Jupiter Ascending" qualifies as a hybrid on this fantasy concept, as the Earth represents a tiny pigeonhole of ...

Lesson from ‘Selma’ rings true still

When is a universal right worth standing together with friends, family and strangers and enduring brutal words, broken bones, and threats on your life? "Selma," an adaptation of a portion of the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during his 1960s fight for voting rights on ...

WVU alum relishes role in ‘American Sniper’

LOS ANGELES - Former West Virginia University player Ben Reed is thrilled to be playing Chris Kyle's father in the Oscar-nominated movie "American Sniper."His role as Wayne Kyle in the hit movie ranks at the top of the acting experiences for Reed, a former quarterback at West Virginia ...

Redmayne brilliant as Stephen Hawking

When physicist Stephen Hawking learned as a doctoral student at Cambridge about his muscular degenerative ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) his love Jane Wilde promised Hawking and his family that, "I love you. We will be together for as long as it is. That will have to do." She anticipated taking ...

Does ‘Interview’ mess set or follow a precedence?

Regardless of if you were in awe over the length of the fight scenes in "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" or identified with the inner leadership struggles of Moses (Christian Bale) in "Exodus: Gods & Kings," a satiric comedy about the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un titled "The ...

Keaton et al go a little batty in ‘Birdman’

Instead of looking up in the sky for a drone or daredevil, the non-existent trilogy of Birdman (now 20 years past on screen) re-awakens memories of once young fans. Riggan "Birdman" Thomas, played by Michael Keaton, mounts a splashy Broadway philosophical love opus "What We Talk About When We ...

2014: Badass girls, mess-you-up thrillers and Hobbits

Unless you're entertainment challenged, you have likely read an article or two about the under-performance of certain high expectation films in 2014.Actually, the market has altered as viewers demonstrate they want more films with curve balls built within, for instance, the stable franchises.As ...

Pitt and company fighting like ‘Fury’

Claustrophobic submarine thrillers like "Das Boot," "Run Silent, Run Deep" and "The Enemy Within" strap viewers inside a metal ship afraid to breathe. So you would think that five men inside a tank would burst the compression meter. No, instead, "Fury" director David Ayer ("Training Day," "End ...