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'Purge' sequel gets it all out of our systems

The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco's 2013 sleeper hit "The Purge" was not that American society had resolved its crime/ inequality/ population problems with an annual free-pass-for-murder "purge." It was that this hell night came home to roost on isolated, gated suburbanites, ostensibly lib... Read more

Richard Linklater gambled and won with acclaimed 'Boyhood'

FORT WORTH, Texas - Richard Linklater is the first to admit that "Boyhood," his acclaimed movie tracing the arc of a suburban Houston boy's maturation from the age of 6 to 18, could have been a colossal failure. Read more

This 'Sex Tape' should be erased

The cinematic equivalent of herpes, "Sex Tape" is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately no medication is required after being exposed to it: The effects are not permanent, only painful. Read more

'I Origins' is that rare movie mystery that makes you think and feel

Ian is a man of science. But he is still a man. And when a model-thin hottie with a strange accent comes on to him in a party, the nerdy guy whose "Can I take a picture of your eyes?" is no pick-up line, is smitten. Read more

Time flies for busy 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' star Dane Cook

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - It's only noon, but it's already been a busy day for Dane Cook. After flying into Fresno, he drove the two hours to Yosemite National Park to do interviews for "Planes: Fire & Rescue" in the shadow of mountains and trees. Read more

Zach Braff immersed himself in 'Wish I Was Here'

PHILADELPHIA - No secret: Zach Braff is a Woody Allen fan. Braff's 2004 emo indie, "Garden State," which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in (opposite Natalie Portman), drew comparisons to "Annie Hall," to "Manhattan." More than 10 years before that, a teenage Braff had a small part in A... Read more

'Boyhood' is some sort of 'Slacker' masterpiece

Twelve years in the making, filming a few scenes each year to capture kids as they progress through life, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is an amazing achievement in telling an unremarkably remarkable life story. Read more

Frank Grillo battles it out in 'The Purge: Anarchy'

MIAMI - Non-spoiler alert: Ethan Hawke is most definitely not back from the dead. Read more

'Mood Indigo' is too twee to put one in the mood

The eccentric whimsy and invention overfill the screen of Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo," an adaptation of a novel by the Frenchman who wrote "I Spit on Your Graves." Set in an alternate "Brazil"/ "Delicatessen"/ "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" reality, it's a blur of queer gadgets and odd... Read more

'Planes 2' is twice as good as the original, which isn't saying much

"Planes: Fire & Rescue" is roughly twice as good as its predecessor, "Planes," which was so story-and-laugh starved it would have given "direct-to-video" a bad name. Yes, there was nowhere to go but up. Read more

'Persecuted' fails as a thriller aimed at the Religious Right

The unholy bond between religion and politics is the background for "Persecuted," a confused and confusingthriller about a TV preacher ruined by a sinister government plot. Read more

Braff stays in his 'Scrubs' comfort zone with 'Wish I Was Here'

Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" is a sweet and jokey feature film that is so at home in the punchline rhythms of TV sitcoms that you may think to yourself, "When's his best friend / former "Scrubs" co-star Donald Faison showing up?" Read more

'Boyhood' is Richard Linklater's crowning achievement as a filmmaker

It started as "a narrative problem," writer-director Richard Linklater says. "How do you tell a story, with actors, over a long period of time? You can't re-cast it when you're catching up with somebody, year by year. The change in appearance would be too abrupt." Read more

A coherent, low-budget sci-fi thriller

If Neil deGrasse Tyson made an indie sci-fi movie, it might be "Coherence." Read more

Brazilian thriller puts a child in jeopardy from 'Wolf at the Door'

"Wolf at the Door" arrives in American cinemas, a hot and surprising Brazilian thriller delivered here hot on the heels of the Brazilian World Cup. Read more

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