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Movie review: A machine could write a more interesting 'Terminator' sequel

Humanity gets a do-over in "Terminator Genisys," the fifth in the franchise begun in 1984 with "The Terminator." But this screwy revision of the previous "Terminator" movies is so muddled and yakky, you may find yourself rooting for the apocalypse. At one point Arnold Schwarzenegger is thrown thr... Read more

Movie review: 'Magic Mike' sequel should have stuck to what it does best

You can't tease everyone. Read more

'Terminator Genisys': Clank

An endless revival featuring endless revivals, "Terminator" truly is the franchise that will not die. But, hey, considering the country's much-discussed fixation on technology, the suggestion that the Cloud secretly contains the system that will one day rise up and overtake mankind should be kind... Read more

Movie review: 'Batkid Begins,' heartwarming tearjerker about a boy's Make-A-Wish Dream

Parents need to know that "Batkid Begins" is an unabashedly emotional, uplifting documentary about the day in 2013 that the city of San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham to help a young boy's Make-A-Wish dream come true. Packed with excellent messages and role models, the film makes a stro... Read more

Wedded bliss put to the test at couples' gathering in 'The Overnight'

Alex has an inferiority complex. His appendage is considerably smaller than average and at a key, comically awkward moment in "The Overnight," this recent LA arrival (he's a Seattle transplant, with a wife and child) gets a look at what his new friend Kurt has to offer. In a couple of shots the a... Read more

Movie review: Family grapples with bipolar father's illness in 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

How much funny goes with the crazy? Facile as it sounds, this is the question guiding the efforts of a considerable number of writer-directors over the years, as they have brought family stories (often autobiographical) involving some form of mental illness to the screen. Read more

Movie review: 'Max' not mighty but has some bark

Director Boaz Yakin - along with his co-writer, Sheldon Lettich - were already halfway to a solid family film by making a boy and his dog the central theme of "Max," which tells the story of a family that takes in a military dog traumatized after a tragedy. Read more

Movie review: 'Max' is touchy but clunky

"Semper fidelis," the Romans used to purr into their dogs' ears, long before the Marine Corps adopted the Latin for "Always faithful" as their motto. Read more

Movie review: An aspiring deejay enchanted by electronica in 'Eden'

Somewhere between "euphoria and melancholia": That's the music favored by the fictional young Parisian deejay in co-writer/director Mia Hansen-Love's "Eden," a fragrantly atmospheric portrait of a time, a place and a restless state of romantic yearning. Read more

Movie review: 'Big Game' is a big joke that never quite finds the funny bone

Fifteen minutes into a serious thriller about shooting down Air Force One and kidnapping the president, "Big Game" turns seriously silly. Read more

Movie review: Lovely 'A Little Chaos' could have used a little more ... chaos

"A Little Chaos" is an overlong ditty of a movie, Alan Rickman's amusingly fanciful version of how a famous outdoor ballroom in the gardens of Versailles came to be. Read more

Jennifer Connelly embraces 'mysterious' role in 'Aloft'

There have been a lot of primal human emotions in Jennifer Connelly's films lately. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALOFT. 2 stars. A bleak and mystical - and mystifying - story about a mother (Jennifer Connelly), her two boys, a tragedy and a jump-in-time to 20 years later, when one of those sons (Cillian Murphy) is being interviewed by a documentarian (Melanie Laurent). She professes an interest in his work ... Read more

Movie review: 'Ted 2' is profane, obnoxious � and hilarious

Prude alert! "Ted 2" is profane, socially incorrect, pro-pot, irreverent, deliberately obnoxious and packed to the end credits with decadent jokes that are not legally quotable in most states. It mocks sacred cows like Robin Williams, 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo. It is deliberately crass. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Movie review: 'Ted 2' is more of the same bawdy bear

"Ted 2" reunites Mark Wahlberg's insecure-wallflower character (it's called acting, folks) with the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff and racial, sexual, scatological and '80s-reference insults voiced, with movie-saving acumen, by co-writer and director Seth MacFarlane. Read more

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