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New ‘Fantastic’ film predictable, dull

New ‘Fantastic’ film predictable, dull

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
“Fantastic” is a strange name to claim for oneself. It implies a certain level of pizzazz, of genius, of flash-bang razzle dazzle. And with characters that have powers like invisibility, force fields, flying fireballs and rock clobbering, you might expect some level of fantastic fantasy.
 
Psychological thriller enough to make viewer check locks on doors

Psychological thriller enough to make viewer check locks on doors

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Figuring out who’s the bully and who’s the victim is part of the mystery in “The Gift,” a satisfying directorial debut from writer, producer and star Joel Edgerton.
 
Wordless animated film says plenty about family

Wordless animated film says plenty about family

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
It’s immediate from the first frames of Aardman Animations’ delightful stop-motion film “Shaun the Sheep” that the audience is in for a treat.
 
Local, international shorts to play in Ballston Spa
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Local, international shorts to play in Ballston Spa

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
The Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival festival, held Friday and Saturday, will present 45 films ranging in length from one to 14 minutes.
 
DiNicola Film Fest features 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'
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DiNicola Film Fest features 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
The Dan DiNicola Memorial Little Italy Film Festival continues tomorrow, August 6, 2015, with a showing of one of the late film critic’s favorite movies, Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
 
Film about rare disease to premiere at Ballston Spa Film Festival

Film about rare disease to premiere at Ballston Spa Film Festival

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
The 12-minute film, “Menkes Disease: Finding Help & Hope,” will have its U.S. premiere at the festival and is narrated by actress Mary McDonnell.
 
‘Vatican Tapes’ a sorry shadow of ‘The Exorcist’

‘Vatican Tapes’ a sorry shadow of ‘The Exorcist’

Thursday, July 30, 2015
“The Vatican Tapes” uses found footage as an aesthetic motif, borrowing from cell-phones, security cameras and archival footage to build both its style and storytelling technique.
 
 Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ’MI’ flick

Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ’MI’ flick

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Tom Cruise and his Ethan Hunt are, if anything, getting more fun to watch. And they make “Rogue Nation” not merely a serviceable summer flick, but an entertainment well worth your inflated ticket price.
 
Uninspired ‘Vacation’ remake a pointless journey

Uninspired ‘Vacation’ remake a pointless journey

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
If there were a 10th circle in Dante’s vision of Hell it would be reserved for movies like “Vacation.”
 
Inside Jane Fonda: Learning, studying keeps you young

Inside Jane Fonda: Learning, studying keeps you young

Friday, July 24, 2015
Two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda is not a stranger to controversy or compliments.
 

Mystery helps update formula movie about high-school miracles

Friday, July 24, 2015
There’s something incredibly satisfying about a well-executed high-school film that hits all the right John Hughes-inspired sweet spots.
 
Knockout performance by Gyllenhaal in 'Southpaw'

Knockout performance by Gyllenhaal in 'Southpaw'

Friday, July 24, 2015
Anyone who has ever seen a glimpse of a sports movie can suss out where the boxing drama “Southpaw” is headed well before the final bell. Boy grabs brass ring, boy loses brass ring, boy tears soul and sinew trying to get it back.
 

Video game players called to save world from unlikely foes

Friday, July 24, 2015
Earth is being attacked by extraterrestrial life in the form of 1980s arcade games in "Pixels."
 
Ian McKellen: ‘I’m just the lucky one’

Ian McKellen: ‘I’m just the lucky one’

Saturday, July 18, 2015
People expect delightful things from Ian McKellen, the English stage and screen great. He saw his first payday at age 3, stepped onto his first stage at 6 and, since his professional debut in 1961 at age 22, has never been out of work.
 
'Ant-Man' bogs down with Rudd a poor choice for starring role

'Ant-Man' bogs down with Rudd a poor choice for starring role

Friday, July 17, 2015
The latest entry into the ever growing world of comic book-inspired movies features one of the smallest heroes in the Marvel Universe. Paul Rudd plays an ex-con recruited to slip into a special suit to become Ant-Man.
 
 

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