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The Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Dec. 20

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThree blasts from the past and one wry look at our not-too-distant-future make this a particularly rich grownup movie weekend.    The New Stuff:   American Hustle You won’t have more fun at the movies than you’ll find here with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Louis C.K. and Jennifer Lawrence as assorted con artists and Feds conspiring to bring down crooked politicians in the 1980s Abscam scandal. “Some of this actually happened,” the title card reads, but we have …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Dec. 13

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentJust wait ’til next week, when Santa drops a sackfull of blockbusters on your local multiplex. In the meantime, the wonderful Inside Llewyn Davis (reviewed last week) moves from just a handful of theaters to a whole bunch of them…and one gritty new family/crime drama showcases some of the year’s finest performances.  The New Stuff: Out of the Furnace Christian Bale and Casey Affleck duke it out for acting Oscar nominations in this flint-edged story of two brothers raised in …

Batman, the Series: When Batman Was Fun!

Posted on 07/18/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIn the course of The Dark Knight Rises, Batman is nearly crippled with arthritis, he’s imprisoned, his back is broken, he is betrayed in the most awful of ways, and his nemesis is a monstrous al-Qaeda-class mass murderer. As I watched him, bloodied and battered,all I could think was: Remember when Batman was fun? That would be 1966, when Batman came to TV. In all of television history, few shows have skyrocketed so high, then flamed out so spectacularly, as …