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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: 'Keeping Room' explores violence at home during wartime

Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday. In 2009's "Harry Brown," Michael Caine played a Cockney retiree who avenges his best friend by taking on the hoodlums who live in the same council estate. It was revenge both Caine, and cane, style. Read more

Movie review: 'The Martian' is stirring, powerful

"In space, no one can hear you scream" went the tagline for Ridley Scott's triumphantly creepy 1979 monster movie, "Alien." 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

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

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

Movie review: 'The Walk' falls short of documentary

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Family guide to new movie releases

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Movie review: 'The Walk' isn't a towering achievement

French tightrope walker Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire stroll between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center is solid gold film material. It was death-defying. It was illegal. It was, in its own poetic terms, one of the 20th century's greatest works of art. Read more

Movie review: Realism makes 'Sicario' truly terrifying

Forget the relentless killers with a machete or a chainsaw chasing teens through the woods. Don't even think twice about those creepy young girls who scamper around the floor with hair covering their faces. 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

'Sicario' has harsh beauty, not enough detail

Relatively early in "Sicario," FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) joins other U.S. officials of deliberately vague identification for an operation in El Paso. Actually, she's told they're going to El Paso, but it's really Juarez, Mexico, a hotbed of drug kingpinism (not a word, should be) and sic... Read more

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