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Will Smith taking new direction with career

The failure of "After Earth" taught Will Smith a valuable lesson: One bad summer movie doesn't mean the end of a career. Read more

Movie review: 'Lazarus' almost raises a whole film genre from the dead

"The Lazarus Effect" is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul. Read more

Dame Judi at 80 � laughing, living and looking forward

Dame Judi Dench takes an awkward pause. Her interviewer's name is familiar, even if the actor he shares it with never played one of Dench's versions of James Bond. Read more

Movie review: 'Maps to the Stars' travels to some dark places

"I need a new chore whore!" announces Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), an aging actress whose previous personal assistant ran off with some money and her stash of Vicodin. Havana, who is respected in Hollywood but has reached that age when casting directors are no longer interested her - "she's m... Read more

Movie review: �Maps to the Stars� gets lost in Hollywood's cosmic depravity

The girl wears elbow-length gloves and hair that hides other burn scars from her face. She's made her way to Hollywood by bus, but knows enough to hire a limo to get around town. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AMERICAN SNIPER. 3 stars. Bradley Cooper delivers a powerful turn as Chris Kyle, the real-life Navy SEAL credited with the most kills of any sniper in U.S. military history. Clint Eastwood directs this taut Iraq War-era drama, although the sequences with Kyle returning stateside are diminished by... Read more

Movie review: �Maps to the Stars� gets lost in Hollywood's cosmic depravity

The girl wears elbow-length gloves and hair that hides other burn scars from her face. She's made her way to Hollywood by bus, but knows enough to hire a limo to get around town. Read more

Oscar-winning writer Graham Moore discusses his depression

Growing up in Chicago's Lincoln Park as a movie fan with Hollywood aspirations, Graham Moore had rehearsed this moment many times. Those practiced Oscar speeches, delivered into shampoo bottles, never involved a laundry list of thank-yous. Read more

Movie review: Hayek goes back to her bloody B-movie origins in 'Everly'

"Everly" is the sort of gonzo guns and Ginsu knives thriller Tarantino made back before he discovered the joys of bloat. Read more

Movie review: 'Timbuktu' a haunting look at life under religious extremists

Even though the atrocities committed by radical jihadists dominate the headlines and airwaves, few in the West know what it's like to live under their reign. "Timbuktu," Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako's Oscar-nominated vision of an African village overtaken by religious extremists, is ... Read more

Movie review: 'Shadows' a sly, touching take on friendship

"This is the not-so-true story, of four vampires, picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped. Find out what happens, when bloodsuckers stop being polite, and start getting real ... 'The Real World'!" Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Director, star talk about revisiting �The Troubles� in the Irish Civil War film �71�

Director Yann Demange doesn't want people to pigeon-hole his pulse-pounding Northern Ireland chase picture "71" as, well, "a chase picture," or simply another tale set amid "The Troubles," the decades-long civil war in Northern Ireland. Read more

Movie review: Smith and Robbie throw a wet blanket into �Focus�

The trouble with movies about "The Big Con" is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen - relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Read more

Movie review: 'A La Mala' star isn't cruel enough to cut it in this Mexican romantic comedy

Maria Laura, the heroine of "A La Mala," is a thin, slinky bombshell of an actress who uses her talents to flirt with other women's beaus to test their loyalty. The acting roles aren't there, but there is no shortage of women who need a professional breaker-upper. Read more

'Breakfast Club' at 30: Don't you forget about them

When you grow up, your heart dies. Read more

Movie review: Don't see this documentary on an empty stomach

You may see better, more Oscar-worthy documentaries this year. But you will never see one more mouth watering than "Deli Man," Erik Greenberg Anjou's look at the dying dietary tradition of America's Jewish delicatessens. Read more

No provocations, no politics carry the day as 'Birdman' wins

"Birdman" won big Sunday at the Oscars, in a triumph of highly noticeable, kinetic filmmaking over the light-fingered "invisible" technique of its primary competition, "Boyhood." Read more

2 years of classes helped Timothy Spall capture J.M.W. Turner's genius

It's not unusual for an actor to learn a new skill or how to mimic one in service of a role. Jennifer Lawrence took archery lessons for "The Hunger Games," Josh Brolin perfected peach pies for "Labor Day" and Chadwick Boseman mastered James Brown's splits - down and back again - for "Get On Up." Read more

�Widowmaker� documents a battle for medical hearts and minds

Heart attacks might seem a mundane subject for a documentary. They kill suddenly. And they're so depressingly common as to make one wonder how you get a movie out of them. Read more

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