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Kid movie critic now grown and ready for college

Kid movie critic now grown and ready for college

Jackson Murphy, also known as Lights Camera Jackson, was only 8 years old when he first appeared on the YNN cable news channel in 2008. Now the award-winning kid critic is all grown up.

Cranston gets bad again for role in 'The Infiltrator'

Cranston gets bad again for role in 'The Infiltrator'

In “The Infiltrator,“ it’s impossible to not see Bryan Cranston's performance through the lens of "Breaking Bad" character Walter White.

Female 'Ghostbusters' answer the call superbly in remake

Female 'Ghostbusters' answer the call superbly in remake

"Ghostbusters” is back, with its impossibly jaunty theme song bouncing away in my head again like it’s 1984. (Just try not to bop up and down when you hear that song.) Except it’s 2016, and the Ghostbusters now are women — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

Turns out ‘Tickled’ is no laughing matter

A crafty, unsettling bait-and-switch of a movie, the documentary “Tickled” sends viewers down a disquieting rabbit hole, into corners of the internet, economic desperation and the human psyche that grow darker with every turn and twist.

From first to worst: Ranking Spielberg's 28 movies

From first to worst: Ranking Spielberg's 28 movies

Alfred Hitchcock, after seeing “Jaws,” said that young Steven Spielberg “is the first one of us who doesn’t see the proscenium arch.”

‘Pets’ have a lot of secrets in enjoyable film

‘Pets’ have a lot of secrets in enjoyable film

A movie about what pets do during the day is a winning premise. Of course we want to know what those adorable creatures with whom we share our lives are up to, and so “The Secret Life of Pets” is here to explore those possibilities.

Musicians of many cultures share life on the road

Typical of so much video associated with the beloved, charismatic cellist Yo-Yo Ma, “The Music of Strangers” is full of humanitarian philosophy and picturesque shots of artist and cello in exotic locales.

‘Mike and Dave’ need a better movie

‘Mike and Dave’ need a better movie

Although the premise is spelled out right there in the title, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” makes very little sense.

Shaker High grads having fun with ‘Mike and Dave’

Shaker High grads having fun with ‘Mike and Dave’

Back in February of 2013, Menands natives and Shaker High graduates Mike and Dave Stangle sought out dates for a cousin’s upcoming wedding by heading to Craigslist.

‘Swiss Army Man’ looks at life, death and flatulence

‘Swiss Army Man’ looks at life, death and flatulence

“Swiss Army Man” is either an intriguing looking into the deteriorating mind of a man driven to madness by loneliness or a sophomoric attempt at delivering a deep message on a constant wave of farts. An argument can be made for both.

Mark Rylance used recordings for giant role in ‘The BFG’

Mark Rylance used recordings for giant role in ‘The BFG’

Mark Rylance appeared in several TV and film projects before linking up with Steven Spielberg; the majority of his career has been spent on the stage, including being the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London for a decade.

‘The Purge: Election Year’ is the craziest Purge yet

There’s much to be enjoyed in the over-the-top imagery, especially a horde of teenage girls in blood-soaked prom dresses wielding rhinestone-encrusted weapons and driving a Christmas-light bedecked whip, blasting “Party in the USA.”

‘Traitor’ just kind of sits there

“Our Kind of Traitor” has all the earmarks of an enjoyable, if disposable, contemporary thriller: intrigue, exotic locales, villainous Russians, Moneypenny from the James Bond movie “Spectre,” a John le Carre pedigree, and Ewan McGregor looking frightened.

‘The BFG’ is no big deal

‘The BFG’ is no big deal

Steven Spielberg loves introducing children to alternate universes and amazing creatures.

‘Tarzan’ is presented with royal reverence

‘Tarzan’ is presented with royal reverence

The latest look at the vine-swinging character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs takes that more civilized approach.

Former Glenville residents come home to shoot movie

GLENVILLE

Former Glenville residents come home to shoot movie

Andrew Desbiens and Cooper Wright met in the mid-2000s while attending a Glenville elementary school.

'Jones' a gripping, frustrating Civil War drama

'Jones' a gripping, frustrating Civil War drama

Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight, like Oskar Schindler an anomaly in a horrific time and place in "Free State of Jones."

‘The Shallows’ is cheesy summer fun

‘The Shallows’ is cheesy summer fun

Every summer needs a movie that’s as sun-drenched and easy-breezy as “The Shallows,” the Blake Lively vehicle that pits surfer vs. shark.

Movie offers harsh look at beauty industry

Movie offers harsh look at beauty industry

“The Neon Demon,” from Nicholas Winding Refn, the Danish auteur behind the Ryan Gosling cult flick “Drive,” is a movie primarily about Elle Fanning’s face.

Capital Region drive-in movies still enchant

CAPITAL REGION

Capital Region drive-in movies still enchant

Come summer, Darci Wemple waits for the purple dusk of twilight time.

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