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Movie review: 'Finders Keepers' is a weird, wonderful tale

If you're in the mood for a tragicomic documentary, the startlingly original "Finders Keepers" fills the bill. It is a rambling real-life farce dealing with the legal, moral and personal clash of two men in North Carolina. Read more

Movie review: Stranded astronaut aims to MacGyver his way back to Earth in 'The Martian'

A highly enjoyable, zestily acted team-building exercise, with Matt Damon playing the team of one, director Ridley Scott's "The Martian" throws a series of life-or-death scenarios at its resourceful botanist-astronaut, stranded on Mars but making the most of it. It's one of the most comforting sc... Read more

Movie review: 'Shanghai' is a likeable mess

"Shanghai is one of those oddball films that just doesn't seem to fit anywhere. Read more

Movie review: 'The Martian' is impossible to dislike

After a space mission goes wrong, an astronaut is stranded on the surface of Mars and forced to seek out the essentials for life - oxygen, water, food - until help arrives. That was the premise of 1964's "Robinson Crusoe on Mars," except the astronaut was accompanied by a resourceful monkey. Also... Read more

Complicated formula behind making of 'The Martian'

Ridley Scott has been working in film and television for 40 years, but he says there have only been two times when a "really great" script landed on his desk. Read more

Movie review: 'The Martian' makes you feel good to be an Earthling

Ridley Scott's space operas have been pretty bleak. "Alien" and its follow-up prologue "Prometheus" carried us to places where everyone can hear you scream. "Blade Runner" brought killer androids from their slave confines on extraterrestrial colonies to destroy their creators on Earth. Scott's go... Read more

Movie review: 'Saving Mr. Wu' is a smart thriller

In fewer than five years, Chinese filmmaker Ding Sheng has established himself as one of the region's top action directors with a pair of smash hits produced by and starring Jackie Chan - "Little Big Soldier" (2010) and "Police Story" (2013), which had cleared $100 million well before it was rele... Read more

Movie review: 'Mississippi Grind' serves up two of a kind

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's latest film, "Mississippi Grind," combines the classic tales of a love story and an odyssey, but features two down-and-out, inveterate gamblers as our heroes. Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), is pathetic and miserable, a hopeless gambling addict, drifting until he encounters th... Read more

Movie review: 'Aram, Aram' strikes emotional chord

'Aram, Aram" is the first full-length film to be written/directed by Christopher Chambers. He's a novice, according to his credits, he but shows the wisdom and skill of a veteran telling this story that beautifully examines love and loss painted against a political landscape. Read more

Movie review: 'Northern Soul' explores little-known music scene

Well before there was hip-hop or house, trap or trance, there was northern soul, an underground dance movement born a half-century ago in the industrial wilds of the northern England that fetishized obscure '60s American R&B and elevated the club DJ to hero. Related to the concurrent mod scen... Read more

Movie review: 'Sicario' offers a brutally realistic look at drug war

As FBI agent Kate Macer, the head of a kidnap-response team based in Phoenix, Emily Blunt has the steady, steely mien of a seasoned veteran, accustomed to working her way through hostage lairs, firearm pointed forward, anticipating, alert. Read more

Movie review: 'The Martian' is a welcome journey

The last time Matt Damon went into space, he was a scientist driven to insanity and attempted murder after isolation on a distant ice planet in "Interstellar." Now, in "The Martian," he's once again a scientist stuck alone on a foreign planet but, instead of lapsing into bitterness over his aband... Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AMY. 4 stars. An extraordinary documentary about Amy Winehouse, the British singer who died in 2011, at age 27, a victim of too much drink, too many drugs and too much fame. Soul-stirring, heartbreaking, the film uses a trove of archival film, much of it shot on smart phones by friends, lovers, b... Read more

Benicio Del Toro bullish on 'Sicario'

Benicio Del Toro goes through many of the same things other actors face when getting ready to start a new role. Read more

Movie review: Terrifying 'Sicario' will stick with you

Practically every character in "Sicario" runs around brandishing a firearm, and yet each time a gun goes off in the movie, you're startled, and you flinch. The sound never loses its urgency, its sense of immediate danger, straight through to the closing shot of the film. This is not the first mov... Read more

20 things to love about the 'Star Wars' universe

What do we mean when we talk about "Star Wars" now? Read more

Movie review: 'Walk' tripped up

How much you like "The Walk" will depend heavily on whether or not you have seen the amazing 2008 Oscar-winning documentary "Man on a Wire" by James Marsh. Read more

For 'Star Wars' fans in middle-age, force is still strong

Jimmy Mac recalled his age with a squint and a wince. Forty-six, he said after a pained calculation, the kind of hesitation that suggests lately he has to remember each time he is asked and would rather not remind himself. His hair is sort of brownish, with a bit of Irish red and, he pointed out,... Read more

Matt Damon's isolation in 'The Martian' parallels his departure from the Hollywood fast lane

In "The Martian," the new space odyssey directed by Ridley Scott, Matt Damon spends a lot of time alone. Read more

Movie review: Mother tries to connect with her autistic son, a math whiz, in 'A Brilliant Young Mind'

Though billed as a boy-genius story, "A Brilliant Young Mind" is really a tougher thing: a movie about the complex emotional lives of autistic children. Read more

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