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Movie review: Strange, shocking 'Nocturnal Animals' is hard to pin down

I've now seen Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals" twice, and I'm still not entirely sure what I think of it. I do know that, even on Round 2, I was never bored. Read more

Movie review: Lovable characters and memorable music make Disney's 'Moana' pure magic

Parents need to know that "Moana" is an animated Disney adventure about a Polynesian island chief's daughter who sets off on a quest to save her people. With Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson voicing demigod Maui and a score that features original music by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the movie... Read more

Movie review: 'Manchester by the Sea' a heartbreaking work of staggering grief

Without revealing too much: The crucial moment in Kenneth Lonergan's third feature, "Manchester by the Sea," arrives in a scene set in the police station of the Massachusetts coastal town of the title. Read more

Sizzling chemistry between Pitt, Cotillard best part of flawed 'Allied'

The casting of "Allied" couldn't have been more sexually volatile with Brad Pitt playing a dashing World War II officer and Marion Cotillard a mysterious French spy. The script must have been wrapped in asbestos just to get through a scene. Read more

'Allied' director Robert Zemeckis doesn't like repeating himself

If you don't count sequels, Robert Zemeckis has gone out of his way to make sure he's not repeating himself when selecting the types of movies to direct. That's why for his latest project, he opted to directing "Allied," a love/spy tale set against World War II. Read more

Here come the 2016 holiday films. Plan your movie-watching accordingly

Hollywood likes to save its best films for last, in order to take advantage of holiday moviegoing crowds and be fresh in the minds of Academy voters when they start submitting their Oscar ballots in January. Here's a list of the movies heading into theaters between now and the end of 2016 (along ... Read more

Kathy Bates jumped at chance to be part of 'Bad Santa 2'

One thing that caused the 13-year gap between the original "Bad Santa" and its sequel was the script. The original idea for "Bad Santa 2" was to have the heavy drinking, foul-mouthed, sex crazy Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) work on his next robbery with his deadbeat dad. Read more

A box office flop in 1979, �The Wanderers� now lives forever

When "The Wanderers" strutted into U.S. theaters on July 13, 1979, audiences stayed away, opting for the more familiar pleasures of "Rocky 2" and "Moonraker" and "The Muppet Movie." On the surface, Philip Kaufman's comic drama about a group of Italian-American teenagers growing up in the Bronx in... Read more

Warren Beatty: 'I've been amused by the thought of Howard Hughes for 40 years'

For much of the second half of the last century, Warren Beatty was Hollywood's most debonair leading man, notorious womanizer and exalted creative virtuoso, working as actor, writer, producer and director, variously or in unison. Read more

It takes a lot to create a new Disney princess

Directors Ron Clements and John Musker made sure that everything in their new animated film, "Moana," was as near perfection as possible. From the smallest blade of grass to a mountain of lava, it had to be right. Read more

Movie review: This 'Santa' is more sad than bad

In calling "Bad Santa 2" the feel-bad movie of the season, let me be clear: I don't mean that it revives the rude-and-crude fun of the original hit, which turned the traditional Christmas film on its head. I mean the opposite. Trying to recapture that dark magic doesn't work the second time aroun... Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

THE ACCOUNTANT. 3 stars. Crime thriller specialist Gavin O'Connor ("Hope and Glory"), delivers a slick, well-paced actioner based on the most ludicrous premise. Ben Affleck stars as an autistic accountant who also happens to be an expert sniper and martial arts master who is targeted by assassins... Read more

Movie review: Disney's 'Moana' avoids taking risks, unlike its protagonist

Once upon a time in Polynesia, a high-spirited teenager decided to save her tranquil island home from diminishing resources by sailing the uncharted sea to adventure. The titular heroine of "Moana," the 12th in Disney's animated line of empowered fantasy princesses, follows her quest in a vibrant... Read more

Movie review: With songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dwayne Johnson sails into another Disney hit with 'Moana'

Featuring songs by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the new animated musical adventure "Moana" is Disney's first princess-with-an-asterisk offering since "Frozen." The "Moana" score's signature power ballad, "How Far I'll Go," may well take its rightful place alongside the earlier film's bi... Read more

Holiday movie preview: What to see over Thanksgiving weekend and beyond

The mix of movies opening between the Thanksgiving holidays and the end of the year is as varied and diverse as can be, from heartfelt, hard-hitting human drama to screwball comedy to factory-honed sequels, sci-fi thrillers and big-budget animated romps. Read more

Movie review: 'Rules Don't Apply' rules farce genre

There's no comic form more treacherous than farce. Characters compete to get whatever they desperately want. Different needs clash, obstacles prevent them from making their connections, or they just get confused. People cross paths in improbable sexual pairings and trouser-dropping recombinations... Read more

'Allied' review: The ingredients of a great film aren't enough to make it so

Brad Pitt has been in the news far more than usual these past few months, making it nearly impossible to forget that "Allied," the latest offering from Robert Zemeckis, was initially said to be at the root of Pitt's very public split from actress Angelina Jolie. All of the drama surrounding Pitt'... Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Movie review: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard team up for gorgeous, empty WWII spy thriller 'Allied'

If a movie's central narrative hook is hanging right there, in the middle of a coming-attractions trailer already seen online and in multiplexes by millions, are we really going to get hung up on what's a spoiler and what isn't? Read more

Movie review: 'Bad Santa 2' is too much naughty, not enough nice

When staring down the barrel of a months-long assault of non-stop consumerist cheer, sometimes being naughty is a lot more tempting than being nice. That's why 2003's "Bad Santa" was the shot of whiskey that the Christmas movie needed - Billy Bob Thornton's drunken, foul-mouthed mall Santa Willie... Read more

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