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COURTESY MYLES ARONOWITZ/WARNER BROS.Joel Kinnaman

New Liam Neeson thriller has cool characters

Stories that take place over a short period of time, like Liam…

COURTESY MYLES ARONOWITZ/WARNER BROS.Joel Kinnaman
COURTESY COLUMBIA PICTURES“Chappie” is a touching tale of a robot that adopts human-like emotions.

'Chappie' a nice rebound by director Neill Blomkamp

“Chappie” is the third sci-fi movie from South African director Neill Blomkamp,…

COURTESY COLUMBIA PICTURES“Chappie” is a touching tale of a robot that adopts human-like emotions.
COURTESY OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIESJoshua Burge plays the weird yet sympathetic protagonist of “Buzzard.”

Loser has real appeal in darkly comic ‘Buzzard’

Indie filmmaker Joel Potrykus delivers a portrait of a have-not who is…

COURTESY OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIESJoshua Burge plays the weird yet sympathetic protagonist of “Buzzard.”
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Second ‘Marigold Hotel’ isn’t best

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” returns to the colorfully dysfunctional dwelling…

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COURTESY FILMS DISTRIBUTIONRonit Elkabetz co-wrote

‘Gett’ a gripping legal and domestic drama

In Israel, a wife cannot get a divorce if her husband will…

COURTESY FILMS DISTRIBUTIONRonit Elkabetz co-wrote
COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURESWill Smith and Margot Robbie play capable con-artists in “Focus.”

'Focus' makes swindling fun

It's not easy to do con men movies these days. Moviegoers know…

COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURESWill Smith and Margot Robbie play capable con-artists in “Focus.”
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Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I…

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John Shearer/Invision via APAlejandro G. Inarritu won best director for "Birdman" on Sunday at the Academy Awards.

'Birdman' takes flight at an Oscars punctuated by politics

LOS ANGELES — The long take of "Birdman" has stretched all the…

John Shearer/Invision via APAlejandro G. Inarritu won best director for "Birdman" on Sunday at the Academy Awards.
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‘Hot Tub 2’ just kills time

"Hot Tub Time Machine 2" continues the adventures begun, obviously, in "Hot…

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COURTESY IFC FILMSDirected by Richard Linklater and co-starring Patricia Arquette

'Birdman' battles 'Boyhood' on Oscar night

It's exciting when a movie like "Boyhood" comes along and everyone agrees…

COURTESY IFC FILMSDirected by Richard Linklater and co-starring Patricia Arquette
COURTESY  PHOTOTaika Waititi plays Viago

Fun interview with four vampires

“What We Do in the Shadows” is a goofily gory and sweetly…

COURTESY  PHOTOTaika Waititi plays Viago
COURTESY  PHOTOThe Cinequest Film Festival opens with the heartwarming tale of young Miles Scott told in Dana Nachman’s documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World.”

‘Batkid’ flick kicks off 25th Cinequest fest

Unless you live in an underground lair, you’ve probably heard about the…

COURTESY  PHOTOThe Cinequest Film Festival opens with the heartwarming tale of young Miles Scott told in Dana Nachman’s documentary “Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World.”
COURTESY MAGNOLIA PICTURESChoreographer Justin Peck’s creative process with New York City Ballet is the subject of “Ballet 422.”

‘422’ beautifully shows a ballet in the making

Creative ideas and talented legs work together to make a ballet in…

COURTESY MAGNOLIA PICTURESChoreographer Justin Peck’s creative process with New York City Ballet is the subject of “Ballet 422.”
COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURESJamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson play the kinky couple in the movie version of “Fifty Shades of Grey."

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ could use more color

Based on the novel by E.L. James, which sold some 100 million…

COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURESJamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson play the kinky couple in the movie version of “Fifty Shades of Grey."
COURTESY 20TH CENTURY FOXColin Firth plays a dapper spy in “Kingsman: The Secret Service

'Kingsman' a spy spoof to make James Bond proud

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” is a big, boisterous and outrageously violent action…

COURTESY 20TH CENTURY FOXColin Firth plays a dapper spy in “Kingsman: The Secret Service
COURTESY  PHOTOLeonard Whiting shared the screen with Olivia Hussey in director Franco Zeffirelli’s gorgeous screen version of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Leonard Whiting reminisces about his iconic Romeo

Wherefore art thou Romeo? Right here in The City. Leonard Whiting, who…

COURTESY  PHOTOLeonard Whiting shared the screen with Olivia Hussey in director Franco Zeffirelli’s gorgeous screen version of “Romeo and Juliet.”
COURTESY PHOTOJack O’Connell stars in “Starred Up

Seventh Mostly British fest spotlights UK films and more

The Mostly British Film Festival returns Feb. 12, with everything from gritty…

COURTESY PHOTOJack O’Connell stars in “Starred Up
COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURESChanning Tatum and Mila Kunis star in “Jupiter Ascending

‘Jupiter’ a planet-sized dud

The list of what went wrong with "Jupiter Ascending" is fairly long,…

COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURESChanning Tatum and Mila Kunis star in “Jupiter Ascending
COURTESY  PHOTO“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is a lively documentary by Mary Dore about the beginnings of the women’s movement in the U.S.

‘She’s Beautiful’ celebrates feminist history with gusto

Often viewed as just a wave among a tide of 20th-century social…

COURTESY  PHOTO“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is a lively documentary by Mary Dore about the beginnings of the women’s movement in the U.S.
COURTESY COHEN MEDIA GROUPIbrahim Ahmed plays a Mali man who faces abuse in “Timbuktu.”

‘Timbuktu’ poetically addresses fundamentalism

Mauritania-born filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako addresses religious extremism and its vicious attack on…

COURTESY COHEN MEDIA GROUPIbrahim Ahmed plays a Mali man who faces abuse in “Timbuktu.”