Movie Insider: ‘Alien: Covenant’ returns to series’ roots amid ambitious story

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Friday, May 19, 2017
Movie review | Norman: Revelation makes pushy hustler less annoying
In “Norman,” Richard Gere gives the most maddening, annoying performance of his career — all by design.He’s a nebbish, a hustler, a finagler, a lapel-grabber — clingy, needy and obviously full of it. If, after a few minutes with him, you want to scram, well, that’s exactly how director Joseph Cedar wants you to feel.Certainly the other characters share your feelings. The movie is arranged in a series of encounters — Norman […]
Movie Review | Alien: Covenant: Sixth installment in series returns to roots
Ah, the siren song of John Denver: Who can resist it?Certainly not the crew of the Covenant, a vessel powered by a golden sail cruising through space with 2,000 “colonists” in hyper-sleep and years to go until they reach their destination.When a shock wave from a solar flare jostles crew members awake, however, they begin hearing a faint transmission of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” emanating from a curiously Earth-like planet.Such sonic waves would be […]
Local thriller, sports-film festival to take a bow this week
Central Ohio film fans have a chance to witness a pair of debuts — for a locally made movie and a sports-film festival.‘Dark Iris’GATEWAY FILM FESTIVAL, 1550 N. HIGH ST.Filmmaker Derek Talib has big plans.”What we want to do is make Ohio — and Columbus, especially — the Hollywood of the Midwest,” said Talib, whose first feature film, “Dark Iris,” will  premiere Sunday as part of the Ohio […]
Zac Efron to play serial killer Ted Bundy in upcoming movie
LOS ANGELES — Zac Efron has signed on to star as Ted Bundy in a biopic about the serial killer.The Hollywood Reporter and Variety report Efron will play Bundy in “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. […]
New Releases: Books, DVDS, games and music
BOOKS”Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War and Survival,” Jeffrey Gettleman; The Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist shares his experiences as a young reporter falling in love with a continent and a woman and the conflicts that the two passions engendered.Other notable releases: fiction — “Testimony,” Scott Turow; “Lilli de Jong,” Janet Benton; nonfiction — “Apollo 8,” Jeffrey […]
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