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COURTESY FOX SEARCHLIGHTMichael Keaton has the role of a lifetime in the evocative “Birdman."

Michael Keaton soars in ‘Birdman’

Michael Keaton is a great actor, and he may at last have…

COURTESY FOX SEARCHLIGHTMichael Keaton has the role of a lifetime in the evocative “Birdman."
COURTESY ASHLEY NGUYENWriter-director Justin Simien takes on race – and more – in his first feature film “Dear White People.”

Justin Simien hopes to ‘break mold’ with ‘Dear White People’

Justin Simien has big aspirations for his first feature film “Dear White…

COURTESY ASHLEY NGUYENWriter-director Justin Simien takes on race – and more – in his first feature film “Dear White People.”
COURTESY DANIEL MCFADDEN/SONY PICTURES CLASSICSMiles Teller

‘Whiplash’ beats with suspense, style

Writer-director Damien Chazelle embraces his protagonist’s relentless quest for excellence and addresses…

COURTESY DANIEL MCFADDEN/SONY PICTURES CLASSICSMiles Teller
COURTESY ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANYJaeden Lieberher

Bill Murray makes ‘St. Vincent’ real

Bill Murray, star of "St. Vincent," once was under consideration as the…

COURTESY ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANYJaeden Lieberher
COURTESY PICTUREHOUSEDan Stevens plays an intruder in “The Guest

‘Guest’ a step above most mysterious stranger flicks

“The Guest” isn’t the first thriller in which a mysterious stranger enters…

COURTESY PICTUREHOUSEDan Stevens plays an intruder in “The Guest
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David Dobkin directs heavyweights in ‘The Judge’

It seems unlikely that director David Dobkin, best known for the hit…

COURTESY CLAIRE FOLGER/WARNER BROS. PICTURESFrom left
COURTESY MAGNOLIA PICTURESViggo Mortensen

Hossein Amini inspired by Patricia Highsmith in directorial debut

An Oscar nominee for "The Wings of the Dove" as well as…

COURTESY MAGNOLIA PICTURESViggo Mortensen
CHUCK ZLOTNICK / FOCUS FEATURESDirector Michael Cuesta’s “Kill The Messenger” is about a San Jose Mercury News reporter who became famous

Michael Cuesta film tackles Gary Webb’s explosive story

Director Michael Cuesta had some tough decisions to make. The movie of…

CHUCK ZLOTNICK / FOCUS FEATURESDirector Michael Cuesta’s “Kill The Messenger” is about a San Jose Mercury News reporter who became famous
Courtesy photoMark Landis

‘Art and Craft’ forger is charming, fascinating

"Art and Craft" contains some focus problems, but overcomes them by generally…

Courtesy photoMark Landis
Courtesy 20th Century FoxBen Affleck

'Gone Girl' film was dream come true for Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn, always under the influence of movies, has a happy ending:…

Courtesy 20th Century FoxBen Affleck
Courtesy photosabelle Huppert

Strong themes in French film ‘Abuse of Weakness’

Placing yet another strong-willed female protagonist in dicey, sadomasochistic straits, French writer-director…

Courtesy photosabelle Huppert
COURTESY LAIKA/FOCUS FEATURES“The Boxtrolls” – from the studio that made “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” – tells the story of an orphan who is raised by trolls.

Animators think outside the box with ‘Boxtrolls’

The stop-motion animated “The Boxtrolls” represents some firsts for director-animators Anthony Stacchi…

COURTESY LAIKA/FOCUS FEATURES“The Boxtrolls” – from the studio that made “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” – tells the story of an orphan who is raised by trolls.
COURTESY PHOTOThe "Wizard of Oz" screens with live orchestra accompaniment on Saturday.

Follow the yellow brick road in Davies Hall

Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos is in good company of legions, who can say,…

COURTESY PHOTOThe "Wizard of Oz" screens with live orchestra accompaniment on Saturday.
COURTESY NICOLA DOVEImelda Staunton and Dominic West appear in the joyful “Pride.”

Gays, miners, bond in ‘Pride’

“Pride” dramatizes a near-forgotten act of terrific solidarity. In 1980s Britain, gay…

COURTESY NICOLA DOVEImelda Staunton and Dominic West appear in the joyful “Pride.”
COURTESY SARAH SHATZ/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANYJames McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are good in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

‘Eleanor Rigby’ is well-acted, but falls short

Sad are the souls in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” a story…

COURTESY SARAH SHATZ/THE WEINSTEIN COMPANYJames McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are good in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
COURTESY AMPLIFYDavid Thewlis

Terry Gilliam talks about ‘Zero Theorem’

Terry Gilliam's films have a gigantic, yet personal, vision, but they're also…

COURTESY AMPLIFYDavid Thewlis
COURTESY FOX SEARCHLIGHTTom Hardy is excellent as a bartender in working-class Brooklyn in “The Drop.”

‘Drop’ an uneven dose of postsummer noir

Wounded puppies of several sorts populate “The Drop,” a hard-boiled crime thriller…

COURTESY FOX SEARCHLIGHTTom Hardy is excellent as a bartender in working-class Brooklyn in “The Drop.”
COURTESY ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONSKristen Wiig and Bill Hader give heartfelt performances in “The Skeleton Twins.”

Wiig, Bill Hader hit right notes in ‘Skeleton Twins’

One of the year’s best films, Craig Johnson’s exceptional drama “The Skeleton…

COURTESY ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONSKristen Wiig and Bill Hader give heartfelt performances in “The Skeleton Twins.”
A preteen dealing with grief and goblins is the protagonist of “A Letter to Momo

‘Letter to Momo’ a new anime masterpiece

As anime master Hayao Miyazaki, director of the Oscar-winning “Spirited Away” and…

A preteen dealing with grief and goblins is the protagonist of “A Letter to Momo
COURTESY CHRISTIAN BERGER/SONY PICTURES CLASSICSLaszlo Gyemant

Evil goes unbelievably deep in ‘The Notebook’

“The Notebook,” from Hungary, is a harsh, cynical fairy tale about the…

COURTESY CHRISTIAN BERGER/SONY PICTURES CLASSICSLaszlo Gyemant