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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 »»

‘Maleficent’ review; upcoming ‘Apes,’ ‘Tammy’ more

June 25, 2014 A darkly-themed “Maleficent” casts Angelina Jolie as a powerful fairy overseeing green moors that separate her kind from humans. more »»

Classic buddy films, 21st Century style

May 28, 2014 Cinematic “road trips” have matured from screwball scripts (“It Happened One Night”) and cross-country journeys (“Cannonball Run”) to the more “finding myself” “Easy Rider” twist and , now,... more »»

‘Neighbors’ a big party of a movie

May 28, 2014 Alcohol. Weed. Loud music. Spontaneous (sometimes) protected casual sex. more »»

Sandler gets slaughtered; X-Men are back

May 28, 2014 Blended: Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) unleash an unprecedented string of gender insulting retorts in their new romantic (though that can be debated) “battle” comedy, “Blended,” in... more »»

Review: See Captain America sequel

April 30, 2014 Kicking and punching its way to glory, “Captain America Winter Soldier” rips the big screen canvas on a mission of physicality and brainpower. Heroes and bad dudes duke it out at close quarters. more »»

Summer preview: Godzilla, Tom Cruise, Spidey

April 30, 2014 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Having debuted in select areas prior to printing, some reviews are surfacing. more »»

Spring movie season in full swing

March 26, 2014 Superheroes and tentpole cinematic extravaganzas descend upon us as warm weather shoves frosty down memory lane. more »»

‘Marshall’ director tackles Costner in ‘3 Days to Kill’

February 27, 2014 Don’t take my word for it. I have a prejudice that favors director McG after his superbly sensitive direction of “We Are Marshall.” He encourages and challenges his actors and crew to do their best. more »»

Must suspend disbelief for ‘Winter’s Tale’

February 27, 2014 This never-ending winter has dumped too much white stuff and ice on us. But moviegoers can’t seem to get enough. more »»

No Parkersburg premiere for ‘Wrestlers vs. Zombies’

February 3, 2014 PARKERSBURG - Plans to premiere "Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies" here are down for the coun. more »»

‘Hobbit’ gang returns for adventure in sequel

December 25, 2013 Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has an inevitable quest on foot theme that comes straight from the J.R.R. Tolkien novels. more »»



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