June 27, 2019

  Nearly 350 years ago, a jailed Puritan pastor named John Bunyan brought forth a little book called “Pilgrim’s Progress”; it has since been translated into more than 200 languages -- and reliably dubbed the second-best-selling book in English (after the Bible).

  Bunya...

June 26, 2019

  In the 2012 movie “Lincoln,” we gladly excused the president’s unsavory tactics as he worked to outlaw slavery -- because we knew that this goal was worth almost any price.

  I dare say that’s how pro-lifers feel about their abortion battle. And since I’m squarely in...

June 26, 2019

  The new “Dumbo” is nearly 50 minutes longer than its 1941 predecessor -- so one might justly worry that they padded out the slender storyline with cheesy musical numbers, excess sentiment and/or unnecessary action scenes.

  Let me lay those fears to rest.

  Tim Burton’...

June 26, 2019

  Let’s lay them out in order, shall we?

  “Taken,” “The Other Man,” “The Next Three Days,” “Unknown,” “The Grey,” “Taken 2,” “Non Stop,” “Taken 3,” “Run All Night,” “The Commuter.”

  That’s the rather hefty list of hard-bitten thrillers Liam Neeson has made since emergi...

June 26, 2019

  Just because you’re fond of the subject in a given movie, that’s no guarantee that you’ll enjoy the film itself. There are plenty of lawyers who hate courtroom dramas, and plenty of physicians don’t like movies about doctors either.

  So maybe my affection for Laurel...

June 26, 2019

  “Serenity” is a bold movie: daring, gutsy, painting in broad strokes. It takes chances -- and for this I liked it, even though it derails near the end.

  The film was something of a must-see for me, partly because of its impressive cast -- Matthew McConaughey, Anne Ha...

June 26, 2019

  Were you amazed by James McAvoy’s performance as a schizophrenic in “Split”? Did you enjoy watching him run through several personalities, including a prissy woman and a lisping nine-year-old? Did you wonder why on earth he didn’t get an Oscar nomination that year? A...

June 26, 2019

  When I was five, my family acquired a friendly border collie named Spiffy. A few weeks later, we went on vacation, leaving Spiffy in the care of friends -- and he ran off.

  Their property was several miles from ours, separated by a creek, a highway and a train track;...

June 25, 2019

  At the very end of last year, having waited five weeks for “Green Book” to open in Williamsport, I finally gave up and drove all the way to State College to see the film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

  It was worth every mile.

  In fact, if I’d seen...

June 25, 2019

  While watching “Mary Poppins Returns,” I spent half the time grinning, half the time crying, and half the time feeling like a little kid again.

  I know, I know -- bad math in that paragraph; but I kinda need the extra half to say how much I loved this movie.

  Even th...

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