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Mirror, mirror on the wall: 'Oculus' is one of the dullest thrillers of them all

Mirrors have been as much of a fixture in horror movies as knives and cats that suddenly jump from the shadows. But they're best in cameos, as in the ending of "Dressed to Kill" or the bathroom scene in "The Shining." "Oculus" revolves entirely around an ornate mirror that is, what, a gateway to ... Read more

Director of 'Under the Skin' follows his muses

CHICAGO - It's a recent, blustery Chicago day, and Jonathan Glazer is tucking into a lovely steak at David Burke's Primehouse. In support of his arresting new film "Under the Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien being on the prowl in Glasgow and rural Scotland, the London-born filmmaker... Read more

'The Raid 2' hammers other action movies

Let's get right to the heart of the matter: "The Raid 2," the sequel to the 2011 international cult hit "The Raid," is the most violent non-horror movie to hit theaters in a long time. Read more

Sports a good fit for Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner plays a pro football general manager in "Draft Day," the latest entry in the actor's long association with sports on film. Read more

Nicolas Cage rediscovers his craft with 'Joe'

Nicolas Cage must have been looking at Matthew McConaughey's recent career and thought, "Hey, I want some of that!" Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE ART OF THE STEAL 2 stars. Canadian writer-director Jonathan Sobol's uneven, mildly amusing and highly derivative heist comedy about a group of lovable, if sometimes bumbling art thieves is rescued from total mediocrity by a fine cast including Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Katheryn Winnick and T... Read more

Nick Frost kicks up his heels in 'Cuban Fury'

In the '80s, when he was a young lad, Bruce heard the siren's call. More likely, it was Gloria Estefan's call. The "rhythm is gonna getcha," and it did. As a teen, he danced salsa with his sister Sam all over England. They won contests. He was a devil in Cuban heels and spangly pants - "Cuban Fury." Read more

Blizzard of words replaces memos in 'The Unknown Known'

"The Unknown Known" is history and philosophy - colored, compelling and sometimes convoluted - told through some of the possibly millions of memos Donald Rumsfeld dictated during his career. An estimated 20,000 alone were crafted during the George W. Bush administration. Read more

'Oculus' scores scares with smoke and mirrors

The women do the heavy lifting in "Oculus," this April's "Insidious," a complex and chilling big-screen ghost story with serious movie-date potential. Read more

Gareth Evans has created an action masterpiece with 'The Raid 2'

When the Indonesian action film "The Raid 2" was scheduled to screen on a Sunday night during the South by Southwest festival, the air was electric with anticipation. Read more

'Rio 2' piles it on and spoils the fun

With "Rio 2,"the creators of "Rio" give us more of everything that their first film had in just the right doses.But if this sequel proves anything, it's that more is not always better. Read more

'Smallville' star Tom Welling has a super role in 'Draft Day'

LOS ANGELES - In "Draft Day," Tom Welling sports a haircut that looks like it was done by a Marine barber and a beard that fits in with "Duck Dynasty." At 36, the actor still looks like he could play a high school student. Read more

'Draft Day' plays like a late-round pick

"Draft Day" is a "ticking clock" thriller built around the NFL draft, a movie that counts down to the fateful decision that one embattled general manager (Kevin Costner) makes with his team's first round pick. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Q&A with actor and producer Zachary Quinto

PITTSBURGH - Actor Zachary Quinto nearly gave up his dreams of an acting career until fate and opportunity intervened to give him the role of Sylar, a serial killer on "Heroes." The NBC science-fiction drama helped raise his profile as did playing Spock in the 2009 movie "Star Trek" and the 2013 ... Read more

Nick Frost put on his dancing shoes for 'Cuban Fury'

MIAMI - Nick Frost came up with the idea for "Cuban Fury," his latest film, which has him playing a once-competitive salsa dancer gone to seed, yet moved to get his moves back when a pretty woman enters his life. Read more

Anita Hill reflects on telling her story in the documentary 'Anita'

WASHINGTON - The first time I talked to Anita Hill, she was teaching commercial law in Oklahoma, living in obscurity in the state where she grew up on an isolated farm with 12 siblings. Read more

'Under the Skin' is sure to get under yours

Quiet, cryptic and never less than creepy, "Under the Skin" is sci-fi that doesn't do the work for you. There are no explanations. No character rattles off a paragraph or three of exposition and back story. Read more

Nicolas Cage seeks redemption, and a comeback, with indie drama 'Joe'

A decade-and-a-half removed from his Oscar-winning turn in "Leaving Las Vegas," Nicolas Cage was an actor on a treadmill of ever decreasing returns. Read more

Kevin Costner tackles football in 'Draft Day'

Kevin Costner is the general manager of the Cleveland Browns in his new movie, "Draft Day." The Ivan Reitman-directed project - a kind of gridiron "Moneyball" - takes place on that fateful spring day when the 32 teams in the National Football League go hunting for the cream of the year's college ... Read more

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