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Bozeman Man Persues Distant Peak in New Documentary Film

I want to climb a mountain about as much as a dog wants fleas, but an excellent documentary like Meru at least gives the indolent viewer an idea of why climbers go in for this grueling activity in...

 

Film Shorts: Valley Cinemas and Beyond

Get ready, home viewers, because as the colder nights are looming, Netflix is about to lose thousands of its most popular movies. Two of the top causalities are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Transformers: Age of Extinction. This radical...

 

Film Shorts: Valley Cinemas and More

One of the most significant changes in the history of motion pictures is the retreat from the big screen to increasingly smaller ones. Television wasn't the cause, though it predicted the idea of free...

 

Film Shorts: Valley Cinemas and Beyond

Showing at Valley Cinemas (VC): Fans of Tom Cruise and his action films will be pleased to know that Mission Impossible Rogue Nation is a good, solid, and entertaining, if still workmanlike, entry in the 20-year, now-five-film franchise. The actor...

 

Film Shorts: Valley Cinemas and Beyond

Didn’t we just see a Marvel comic book movie last week? Well, if it’s Friday that means yet another ransacking of the comic book heritage, which adults hated when I was a kid. This week it’s Fantastic Four. Same genre (comic character origin...

 

Film Shorts: Valley Cinemas and Beyond

Paper Towns is another teenage love story, in this case about a boy who sets out to help the girl next door, whom he has always loved. The film is directed in a conventional manner by TV director Jack Schrier, who previously did Robot and Frank, but...

 

Movie Reviews: Minions and Spy

The minions made their first appearance in 2010's Despicable Me, a mere five years ago, though it feels like one. They proved to be more popular than the title despicable creature, Gru, and appeared i...

 

New Movie Review:

Is it possible that Americans, or at least American movie reviewers, don't actually watch movies? Could it be that they only listen to them? That's the complaint that movie historian Andrew Sarris...

 

TV Review: True Detective

Don’t trust reviewers. That’s the conclusion I reached, but always really knew, after making the mistake of reading a few articles about the second season of HBO’s True Detective, which made its debut on Sunday, June 21. Devising a new story...

 

New Review: Inside Out

Here's why I don't like to review animated movies. After years of dutifully attending all the animated films from Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox, the recent upstart Laika, and the animés from Japan,...

 

Reviewed in Full: Jurassic World

Jurassic World pretends that earlier sequels Lost World and III didn't happen. Still, it seems that every time a billionaire wants to resurrect a dinosaur for spectator sport, something goes awry and...

 

Movie Reviews: Jurassic World and Pitch Perfect 2

Steven Spielberg is one of the most important living filmmakers as both director and producer, with his hand also in numerous TV shows, but he is not immune to the glitzy, avaricious aspect of showbiz...

 

Nonfiction Book Uncovers Campus Dangers Facing Montana Students

If they moan, you're good. That's the tact taken by defense counsel when representing a college male accused of attacking or raping a co-ed. That little noise symbolizes "consent," indicating that...

 

Cinema Roundup: Origins and Afterthoughts

Both movies at Valley Cinemas are held over this week, which gives us a chance to catch up before the next onslaught of big, new releases. So here are addenda to last week's previews of Tomorrowland a...

 

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