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Movie review: 'Fist Fight' gets by on its stars' chemistry

There's a scene near the end of the comedy "Fist Fight" - not long before the altercation promised in the title - that more than makes up for whatever weak-sauce comedic sins have gone before. Let's just say that the combo of Big Sean's unprintable hit rap, star Charlie Day's nebbishy physicality... Read more

How 'Game of Thrones' led actor Pedro Pascal to 'The Great Wall'

Pedro Pascal had been working steadily for years - guest spots on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "NYPD Blue" and "Nurse Jackie" and "CSI" - before he landed the role that kick-started his career: Oberyn Martell, aka the swaggering Red Viper, during the fourth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Read more

Movie review: 'The Great Wall' defies expectations

The buzz on "The Great Wall" has been less excitement and more puzzlement and controversy. What project required Matt Damon to rock that man bun for years? Why does the poster for a movie called "The Great Wall" (as in China) have a huge picture of a white guy on it? All is now revealed, and "The... Read more

Movie review: 'XX' is chilling horror anthology from 4 female directors

The wry horror anthology "XX," a recent Sundance Film Festival premiere, gathers together four compact films by female writers and directors. The results offer a collective shiver (not a lot of shrieks here) for those in the mood for sprightly, short-form misfortune. Read more

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Movie review: Matt Damon's not-so-great 'Wall'

Director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most ravishingly beautiful films to come out of China, including "Raise the Red Lantern," "House of Flying Daggers," and "Hero," movies that are lavishly sensual in their use of color and light. His fans will have to cherish those memories though, as his ... Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE COMEDIAN. 2 stars. Robert De Niro hams it up as a self-hating has-been comic Jackie Burke in this sometimes droll misfire from Taylor Hackford. A rom-com of sorts, the film has some charm in its first act thanks to costar Leslie Mann, who plays a scatterbrained heiress with a father complex. ... Read more

Movie review: 'Fist Fight' is little more than a crude slap in the face

A teacher brutally slaps a student and then threatens to decapitate him before desecrating the body with a vile bodily function. A horse pumped full of meth runs blindly at breakneck speeds. A teacher fantasizes about using a switchblade to split open the face of a man she thinks is a pervert. Read more

Movie review: There's a good movie trapped somewhere inside 'A Cure for Wellness'

How you react to Gore Verbinski's strange, stately horror movie "A Cure For Wellness" may have a lot to do with how you feel about leeches. Or maybe they're eels, or some sort of nasty watery snake; in any case, they keep popping up in the film, sort of like the ax in a serial-killer movie. (For ... Read more

Movie review: Man lost at sea finds love in 'The Red Turtle'

Not a single intelligible word is spoken in Michael Dudok de Wit's poignant animated drama "The Red Turtle," and after a while that silence becomes companionable; you find, in this film, a restful space. In its artfully drawn frames, a simple and universal story unfolds. A man, shipwrecked, emerg... Read more

Movie review: 'The Salesman' is quiet, yet overwhelmingly intense

In 2012, gifted writer/director Asghar Farhadi delivered the first Iranian film to win an Oscar, the domestic drama "A Separation." If the fates are just, he will win again this year for his Oscar-nominated seventh feature, "The Salesman." Read more

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