Movie ignites ‘Passion’ in Clovis

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” Some responses: “While I haven’t had the opportunity to view this epic yet, I think the question on everyone’s mind as a result of the movie is ‘Who killed Jesus?’ “If you type this phrase into the […]

Local movie buffs take their picks

By Michelle Seeber Area residents were not surprised when “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” dominated the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Out of 35 people polled Sunday afternoon at the North Plains Cinema 4 movie theater in Clovis, 32 chose “Rings” as best picture. David Marricle of Muleshoe said he was […]

Passions stirred over ‘Christ’ movie

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Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” opened Wednesday in Clovis for a sellout crowd. Many churches are purchasing tickets for their parishioners to watch the movie as a group. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around […]

‘The Passion of the Christ’ heads to Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to a group of anonymous donors, Mel Gibson’s new film, “The Passion of the Christ,” will be coming to Clovis on the film’s Feb. 25 opening day, which is Ash Wednesday on the church calendar. According to the movie’s promotional material, the film is a graphic presentation of the last […]

Being misunderstood is no fun at all

By Curtis Shelburne Being misunderstood is no fun at all By Curtis Shelburne Being misunderstood is no fun at all, as Mel Gibson is now finding out firsthand. Not that many months ago, Mel would certainly have been considered the darling of any television talk venue. Reel him in to talk about any upcoming movie, […]

Big Fish movie is catch of the year

By Stacy Allen Show: Big Fish Stars: Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Danny Devito Summary: Big Fish is the story of a man’s life that intertwines fact and fiction, reality and fantasy, and entertains you until the very end. Showtimes: (1:30) 4:45, 7:30, 10:00   Big Fish is the catch of the […]

Don’t think too much and you’ll love ‘Paycheck’

By Stacy Allen Show: Paycheck, PG-13 Stars: Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman, Aaron Eckhart Summary: An engineer sacrifices three years of his life for a huge paycheck only to discover he has sacrificed his future as well. Showtimes: (1:30) 4:45, 7:30, 10:00 I enjoy puzzles and Paycheck is put together like a huge puzzle. After three […]

Shocking news: There are gays among us

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Sometimes, the battle over gay rights reminds me of a science-fiction movie. I’m thinking “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” or one of those other golden oldies where humankind is infiltrated by an enemy that looks and sounds like us and is therefore able to hide among us, undetected. That was probably […]

Return of the King is edge-of-your-seat thriller

By Stacy Allen Show: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler Summary: All of the Lord of the Rings are tied together in the final chapter of Return of the King. Showtimes: 12:30, 4:30, 8:30 This is the first Lord of the […]

Video Reviews 10/30

Scott Jones The Hulk — PG-13 Featuring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliot, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte The comic book character created by Stan Lee comes to life in “The Hulk.” Bruce Banner (Bana), a brilliant physicist, is bombarded by an experimental gamma radiation. Soon, an unexpected side effect takes over him. The monster that […]

Oct. 23 video reviews

Scott Jones A look at videos available for rental in the Clovis area. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle – PG 13 Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore, Bernie Mac, Luke Wilson In this second installment we find the Angels on a case that will prove more challenging than they first thought. The Charles Townsend […]

Web Video Reviews 10/16

Scott Jones Oct. 14th Video Releases The Matrix Reloaded – R Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci This second installment of the Matrix trilogy picks up with Neo (Reeves), Trinity (Moss) and Morpheus (Fishburne) as they continue their struggle against a machine army on its way to destroy Zion, the last […]

Video reviews

By Scott Jones The following movies are available at Clovis-area video stores: 2 Fast 2 Furious (PG-13) Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, James Remar Brian O’Conner (Walker) is back in this second installment of high speed and high adrenaline. O’Conner, since losing his badge, has been tarring up […]

“Matchstick Men” Oscar material

Stacy Allen Now showing Show: “Matchstick Men” Stars: Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockewell, Alison Lohman Summary: An obsessive, compulsive con-artist discovers he has a 14-year-old daughter. Showtimes: Portales Tower Twin: 1:30, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 “Matchstick Men” is a marvelous movie that will inspire and intrigue. You definitely do not want to see it alone. Like a […]

‘Lions’ movie fun for entire pride

Stacy Allen Secondhand Lions is a fun, adventurous comedy fit for the entire family. Michael Caine and Robert Duvall are wonderful actors who stray from their norm in this Tim McCanlies film. Even though the characters and the stories they tell are completely unbelievable, the audience will fall in love with the idea of believing […]

Effects in ‘Spy Kids’ will have you hooked

By Stacy Allen Show: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Stars: Daryl Sabara, Sylvester Stallone, Ricardo Montalban, Alexa Vega Summary: Juni Cortez rejoins as an agent in order to save his sister from an evil Toy master. Showtimes: 1, 3:05, 5:15, 7:30, 10 Spy Kids 3-D is the third installment of Spy Kids. This movie is […]

‘Bad Boys II’ a good action comedy

By Stacy Allen If you liked “Bad Boys,” then you will love “Bad Boys II. “ The characters are back in another Miami drug case in a fast-paced movie involving action scenes intermixed with hilarious dialogue. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith work great as a team and play off each other with an air that […]

‘League’ not a summer film

By Stacy Allen I thought “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman” was an adequate movie for the summer. Unfortunately, it opened at a bad time. I feel I would have enjoyed this movie more if it had come out earlier in the summer. Sean Connery, a name well-known around the world, is the No. 1 star […]

Wal-Mart is in the movie renting business now

By Tom DiFrancesca I have something outrageous to share with you, and I’ve entitled it the “Internet absurdity of the week.” It seems as if a 12-year-old girl from England, connected up with a 31-year-old ex-Marine via the Internet. After a year of corresponding, the ex-jarhead traveled to England, and he and the young girl […]