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'When the Game Stands Tall' wavers a bit

"When the Game Stands Tall" isn't your typical football movie. Which, for its own sake, is both good and bad. Read more

'If I Stay' barely makes the B honor roll

Shakespeare knew, or maybe came up with, the first rule of teenager-in-love tales. There must be parental disapproval of Montague-vs.-Capulet proportions, or some other frictional force beyond too-tight jeans, to keep them from dissolving into mush. Because it lacks such tension, "If I Stay" just... Read more

'Possession of Michael King' tells us its time to repossess the 'found footage' genre

As "found footage" horror movies go, "The Possession of Michael King"is more unpleasant than scary. Read more

Dern connects with role of coach's wife in 'When the Game Stands Tall'

Laura Dern has reached a point in her life where she concentrates on landing the parts she knows she is right to play_such as the role of Beverly Ladouceur in "When the Game Stands Tall." Read more

'Game Stands Tall' is 'Friday Night Lite'

"When the Game Stands Tall" is a solid if unsurprising and uninspiring melodrama built around high school football, faith-based but "Friday Night Lite." Read more

Despite sameness, 'Sin City' sequel a slice of nihilistic noir

"Sin City" is back in all its lurid, gory glory, a vivid and visceral graphic novel come to life in the capableof Robert Rodriguez and co-director and comic book creator Frank Miller. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AND SO IT GOES 1 1/2 stars. Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton team for the first time in a wincingly sappy three-quarter-life rom-com about a Scrooge-like widower and a wifty lounge-singing widow - and the unexpected appearance of a cute-as-a-button grandchild, readymade to melt hearts. Rob Reiner... Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Jim Caviezel heads De La Salle football's fan club

Jim Caviezel didn't just play Bob Ladouceur in "When the Game Stands Tall." He totally bought into the man and his philosophy lock, stock and barrel. Read more

What's true, what's Hollywood in 'When the Game Stands Tall'

Any time Hollywood makes a movie based on a real life story, it's going to take creative license. Read more

Young love lives or dies with one decision in 'If I Stay'

Manipulative, contrived, melodramatic - all labels we slap on that most perfectly titled movie genre, "the weeper." All fit "If I Stay" like original packaging.Teenage girls and the boys who want to date them need to discover the pleasures of a well-executed teen weeper for themselves, and this f... Read more

Fall films worth looking forward to

At long last, what seemed like an endless summer is over - at the movies, anyway. Read more

Although a bit anti-climactic, 'The One I Love' a solid start for young director

"The One I Love" is a clever, lightweight amuse-bouche of a movie built around a conceit that can't be talked about in any detail without unraveling the whole thing. Let's just say it might have been something worthy of a "Twilight Zone" episode if Rod Serling were an indie filmmaker in the 21st ... Read more

'When the Game Stands Tall': How De La Salle football team's story became a movie

Now and then, Hollywood magic results from something decidedly non-glamorous - like a guy reading a book on a pile of smelly football shoulder pads. Read more

Author took time to decide ending of 'If I Stay'

Mia, the main character in Gayle Forman's book "If I Stay," has to make a major decision between fighting for life or giving up after an accident leaves her in a coma. Read more

'Mad Men' creator's movie has an entire TV series' worth of clever lines and unoriginal ideas

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner takes his act to the big screen with "Are You Here," which turns out to be the most quotable Owen Wilson comedy since "Zoolander." Read more

Documentary explores poverty through lives of three boys

We watch films about the Great Depression secure in the knowledge that they have a happy ending. They may portray the horrific poverty that struck the nation, only to then focus on the resilience of the American people and our eventual triumph. Read more

It's time to hand out the Summer Cinema Oscars

Summer's spent, cinematically. So it's time to tally up the take, pat a few folks on the back and pass the buck of blame around Hollywood for the cinema season that was. Read more

'Island of Lemurs' is the perfect IMAX nature film

Every so often, a movie comes along and reminds us of the primacy of the pretty picture, the importance of the image in telling a motion picture story. Read more

Antonio Banderas and Victor Ortiz: We didn't bulk up for 'Expendables 3'

Antonio Banderasliterally let his mouth do the talking in "Expendables 3." Read more

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