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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" Read more

Rosewater: A tale of torture in Iran

"Rosewater" is the first film directed by Jon Stewart, best known as host of "The Daily Show." Stewart's own screenplay adapts journalist Maziar Bahari's memoir "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival." Read more

'Low Down' chronicles life and struggles of pianist Joe Albany

There are two dramas about jazz currently in theaters, but they couldn't be more different. Read more

Jennifer Lawrence marvelous in 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1'

The three Oscar nominations Jennifer Lawrence has picked up were for the deeply dramatic "American Hustle," the quirky "Silver Linings Playbook" and the emotionally powerful "Winter's Bone." Each film came dripping in the trappings - corruption, mental illness, poverty - that scream out for atten... Read more

On Movies: John DuPont, wrestling, tragedy

"Foxcatcher" is director Bennett Miller's chilling evocation of the real-life story of John Eleuthere du Pont, the Newtown Square, Pa., multimillionaire who operated a wrestling training center at his Foxcatcher Farm in the 1990s and who, on a January day in 1996, shot and killed Olympic gold med... Read more

'Still Waters' is just another lukewarm 'Big Chill' knockoff

Still waters may run deep, as the old saying goes. But "Beside Still Waters" there's nothing deeper than "The Big Chill." Read more

'The Mule' is a comically violent look at drug smuggling in America's Cup era Australia

"The Mule" is a bloody, violent and yet grimly comic tale of an unlikely drug smuggler and the ugly war of wills that began the moment he got caught. Read more

'Reach Me' doesn't quite

"Reach Me" is an indie comedy whose primary virtue is its cast, well-known actors who took small roles on a lark - a chance to play against "type." Read more

'The Overnighters' a remarkable documentary about a tireless pastor and unforeseen consequences

A remarkable nonfiction essay on golden rules and grand intentions and oil booms that do not pay off for everyone, "The Overnighters" is a rich and troubling documentary highlight of the year. Read more

'Beyond the Lights': Love story sings, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Those perpetually looking, usually in vain, for non-teenage love stories at the movies have two good (and very different) options this week: "The Theory of Everything," about the marriage of Stephen and Jane Hawking, and the light-years-away "Beyond the Lights," a well-told and well-cast tale of ... Read more

The other 'Dumb' movies

Twenty years between sequels is not a record but it does mean that teenagers who propelled "Dumb and Dumber" to $247 million worldwide now would be adults and possibly parents. Will they still have a taste for silly comedy or will a new generation gravitate to Lloyd and Harry? Read more

Redmayne's performance outshines 'Theory'

Occasionally - well, rarely - you encounter a performance so fine that it overtakes the bland movie surrounding it. "The Theory of Everything" is a rather dreary biography of the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, one of the most intelligent humans alive. And yet the wonderful character actor Ed... Read more

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw turns herself into a rock star who breaks away from the mold

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was lured in by the toxic momager-daughter relationship in "Beyond the Lights" but stayed for the "without sounding too cheesy - the self-love story, learning to love who you are," she says. Read more

'The Theory of Everything': Stephen Hawking's life and love

Early on in "The Theory of Everything," a hesitant doctor in the early 1960s tries to explain to the young, brilliant cosmology student Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) exactly what his new diagnosis of motor neuron disease will mean. "Your thoughts won't change," the doctor explains, to an incre... Read more

At least Lloyd and Harry get older in the pointless comedy sequel, 'Dumb and Dumber To'

It's possible that the half-life of film comedy is five years. "21 Jump Street" was world-class hilarious in 2012, and Schmidt and Jenko were 95 percent as funny when they returned in this year's "22 Jump Street." "Dumb and Dumber," that beloved classic, was the quality standard of downbeat dimwi... Read more

'Wolves' delivers a little Canadian canine content to select theaters

Blame the jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud but still hot werewolf sex scene. Who knew she-werewolves got their underwear ideas (boy cut) from "Sex and the City"? Read more

'Art and Craft': A forger who did it for love of fooling experts

"Art and Craft" opens with shots of an impossibly slim, small, unassuming man in his late 50s, completely bald except for a tiny ring of hair at the very back, shopping in a crafts supply store. Read more

A teen and her artist/addict father

"Your father is very concerned for your welfare," Sheila Albany tells her estranged 15-year-old daughter, Amy-Jo, whose story is told in the true-life drama "Low Down." "(He) fears that . . . that you suffer from a sort of self-loathing." Read more

'Dumber, To' sad and stale

Twenty years after they permanently lowered the bar on broad and dumb character comedies, Lloyd and Harry are back, "Dumb and Dumber" than ever in "Dumb and Dumber To." Read more

'Rosewater': More news story than compelling film

Classic melodrama, Iranian style. Maziar Bahari, a well-known Iranian-Canadian journalist, visits his ancestral homeland in 2009. He reports about the idealistic crowds brutalized following the presidential re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and is incarcerated by the Iranian government. They th... Read more

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