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Movie review: 'Creed' is best Rocky movie since 'Rocky'

Back in 1976, our bicentennial year, the nation yearned for a red, white and blue plate special piled high with corn. Something to believe in. Then, up those Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, backed by the Bill Conti theme, that something arrived. Read more

Movie review: 'Criminal Activities' is a twisty, satisfying thriller

There's more than a little early Quentin Tarantino in "Criminal Activities," the directorial debut from well-known character actor Jackie Earle Haley. From the smart, dark humor about a group of guys looking for an easy score to the spasms of blood-splattering violence, it owes a hat tip to the l... Read more

Movie review: 'Secret in Their Eyes' doesn't live up to original

In the languid remake "Secret in Their Eyes," the awkward missing "The" in its title poses a more intriguing mystery than anything on the screen. Read more

Laurie Anderson delves into her childhood in 'Heart of a Dog'

Growing up in Glen Ellyn, Ill., one of eight kids in a Swedish/Irish family overseen by a loving father and what she calls a "formal-slash-frosty" mother, Laurie Anderson skated in the wintertime on the lake near their house. One day, pushing her younger twin brothers (they were either 2 or 3, An... Read more

Movie review: Julia Roberts turns in best performance of her long career in 'Secret In Their Eyes'

"Secret In Their Eyes" is based on "El secreto de sus ojos," the film from Argentina that picked up the Oscar for best foreign film in 2010. Director-writer Billy Ray uses only the bare bones of the original movie to craft his tale of motherly love, heartbreak and obsession. Read more

Julia Roberts: 'I want things to be different and challenging'

I was there in 1989 when the Julia Roberts starting getting buzz. Read more

Movie review: 'Hunger Games' goes out on a feel-bad high note

Grim, relentless and immensely satisfying, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay � Part 2" sends out the dystopian sci-fi franchise on a feel-bad high. Readers of Suzanne Collins' source novel, who already know what's coming, will be pleased by the movie's merciless fidelity to the sourc... Read more

Movie review: 'Trumbo' does its brave subject justice

Dalton Trumbo won an Oscar for writing the 1956 film "The Brave One" - a moniker that should have been bestowed on Trumbo himself. Read more

Movie review: 'Brooklyn' is one of the year's best

"Brooklyn" builds a touching, moving, crowd-pleasing delight from quiet, unassuming material. Adapted from the novel of the same name by popular Irish author Colm Toibin, it follows the trans-Atlantic life and shifting fortunes of young Eilis Lacey. Saoirse Ronan is unpretentious and perfect in t... Read more

Movie review: '#Horror' doesn't quite hit the mark

Artist, designer, actress and '90s "it girl" Tara Subkoff makes her mark on the horror genre as a writer and director with the arch, ironic take on the classic slasher film in "#Horror." The highly stylized film is a wonder to look at, bursting with harsh, bright animation, and desaturated vistas... Read more

Movie review: Lessons from Lolabelle in 'Heart of a Dog'

Laurie Anderson's "Heart of a Dog" is a dreamy thing, part doc, part memoir, part meditation, in which the dauntingly multidisciplined artist (painting, sculpture, poetry, music, moviemaking) celebrates the life of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, mourning her death and honoring it, too. Read more

Jennifer Lawrence driven to keep working

Jennifer Lawrence could have taken it easy the past five years and just spent her time working on the four Hunger Games movies. Read more

Movie review: 'The Night Before' is an instant Christmas classic: naughty, but nice

Directed by Jonathan Levine, "The Night Before" proves the stoner comedy and the holiday movie to be a surprisingly wonderful combination. An instant classic, the film features plenty of nice characters doing very naughty things to celebrate the season. But fortunately for audiences, this updated... Read more

Movie review: Tom Hardy is doubly good in 'Legend'

Take a gander at the Wikipedia page for notorious gangsters the Kray Twins, and you might find some of their exploits hard to believe. Writer-director Brian Helgeland didn't have to gin up much or exaggerate the details when it comes to his telling of the brothers' life in "Legend," which follows... Read more

Movie review: Final 'Hunger Games' movie makes a bigger impact by going smaller

You'd have been hard-pressed to miss out on the ubiquitous "Hunger Games" series, whether in the form of Suzanne Collins' wildly popular young adult books, or the smash hit blockbuster films adapted from the series. The fourth and final installment, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," assume... Read more

Movie review: 'What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy' examines the pain we inherit

The sins of the father are visited on the children - and then some - in the provocative documentary "What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy." Read more

Movie review: Katniss' saga comes to a fairly satisfying end

Nothing lasts forever except the "Hunger Games" franchise, yet here we are. Forever is over. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" brings the four-film saga of Katniss Everdeen and her revolutionary war to a dutiful, fairly satisfying if undeniably attenuated conclusion. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Q&A: 'Snoop' from 'The Wire' makes the jump to 'Chi-Raq'

When Felicia Pearson joined the cast of HBO's "The Wire" in Season 3, she became yet another indelible character on the show, in large part because she was a woman operating in what was primarily a man's game. Read more

Art imitates life for actress Saoirse Ronan in 'Brooklyn'

For Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn" is personal. Read more

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