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‘The Duff’ creators pay homage to John Hughes

February 25, 2015 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 teen. more »»

‘Jupiter Ascending’ a Cinderella tale in space

February 25, 2015 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. more »»

WVU alum relishes role in ‘American Sniper’

February 3, 2015 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. more »»

Lesson from ‘Selma’ rings true still

February 3, 2015 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 lif... more »»

Redmayne brilliant as Stephen Hawking

December 31, 2014 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 lov... more »»

Does ‘Interview’ mess set or follow a precedence?

December 31, 2014 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... more »»

Keaton et al go a little batty in ‘Birdman’

November 26, 2014 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 fan. more »»

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

November 26, 2014 Unless you’re entertainment challenged, you have likely read an article or two about the under-performance of certain high expectation films in 2014. more »»

Pitt and company fighting like ‘Fury’

October 30, 2014 Claustrophobic submarine thrillers like “Das Boot,” “Run Silent, Run Deep” and “The Enemy Within” strap viewers inside a metal ship afraid to breathe. more »»

Nothing like a little comedy to lighten up the holidays

October 30, 2014 2014 has revealed several “trends” at the big screen multiplex. more »»

‘Ouija’ not a perfect scare fest, but will do

October 30, 2014 Don’t play alone with a ouija board. Warnings abound about using the “game” that may open conduits to the spirit world. more »»

John Woo-inspired ‘John Wick’ a good vehicle for Reeves

October 30, 2014 “John Wick” has the most nondescript flick title in a lengthy time frame. more »»

‘Tombstones’ a gritty mob-inspired drama

September 24, 2014 For those earning a living by drug trafficking, infernal conduct surrounds efforts to mask their “profession” as legitimate. more »»

‘Maze Runner’ holds movie viewers captive

September 24, 2014 A self-described who, what, where, when and why puzzler, “The Maze Runner” has a “Lost” stranded perception intertwined with an intensifying deadline for determining the risks of standing still or... more »»

In 50s & 60s, biker babes and boys ruled

August 28, 2014 Hot rods, motorcycles and black leather jackets in the 1950s symbolized Hollywood’s youth rebellion characterized by James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Jack Nicholson, who portrayed characters running... more »»

Fans of the franchise will enjoy latest trip to Miller’s ‘Sin City’

August 28, 2014 Combining modern elements of the graphic novel and harshly honed extractions that accent a 21st Century brutality and sexuality disallowed by the “code” in the film noir era, “A Dame to Kill For” (a. more »»

The ‘greatest football story’ ever told?

July 30, 2014 West Virginians remember the buzz and glamour associated with a Hollywood-style premiere. Warner Bro. more »»

W.Va. documentary filmmaker wins Emmy

July 30, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — A documentary produced by a Parkersburg native filmmaker recently took home a Heartland Emmy for Best Short Format Program at the 2014 NATAS Emmy Awards. more »»

'Lucy' one brain cell short of campy parody

July 30, 2014 Tip-toeing on a wobbly tightrope of hokum, the science fantasy, "Lucy" starring Scarlett Johansson presumes that humans utilize a minimum of cerebral capacity so the blonde, sassy and fashionable... more »»

Eastwood takes on ‘Jersey Boys’

June 25, 2014 Getting out of the ‘hood in search of bigger and better has been a mantra for generation after generation. Circumstances change, but ambitious zeal vibrates through each era. more »»



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