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AMY. 4 stars. An extraordinary documentary about Amy Winehouse, the British singer who died in 2011, at age 27, a victim of too much drink, too many drugs and too much fame. Soul-stirring, heartbreaking, the film uses a trove of archival film, much of it shot on smart phones by friends, lovers, b... Read more

Movie review: 'Pixels' a first-person snoozer

"Pixels" had promise. Read more

Movie review: With 'Ant-Man,' smaller is bigger

After traveling through the unknown depths of the galaxy and dropping a city out of the sky, Marvel - now in the business of giving your favorite comedians abs - takes us to San Francisco, Calif. There, we meet Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), an expert criminal who is done with being in and out of jail a... Read more

Movie review: 'Southpaw' familiar, but Gyllenhall is a champ

Anyone who has ever seen a glimpse of a sports movie can suss out where the boxing drama "Southpaw" is headed well before the final bell. Read more

David Dastmalchian jumps from DC to Marvel in 'Ant-Man,' and meets an idol in the process

This summer David Dastmalchian joins a small group of actors who have appeared in films from each of the two big competing names in comic books, DC and Marvel. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Paul Rudd OK with concerns about his playing 'Ant-Man'

The announcement that Paul Rudd - whose past credits range from "Clueless" to "Parks and Recreation" - was going to star in the action-packed comic book movie "Ant-Man" was surprising to some. That's OK with the actor. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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'Trainwreck': Not much to see here

You wouldn't think a movie co-starring the astonishingly random collection of Amy Schumer, LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, John Cena, Brie Larson, Ezra Miller and Colin Quinn would feel like the same old thing. Especially considering how effectively Schumer, who also wrote the script, establishes he... Read more

Movie review: Woody Allen dives deep into familiar territory with 'Irrational Man'

Forty-five features into his half-century of moviemaking, the rote obsessions distinguishing Woody Allen's furtive protagonists - luck, fate, chance, getting away with murder - have extended more and more to Allen's own approach to screenwriting. Read more

'Ant-Man' avenges 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

It's awesome to have now-kinda-buff Paul Rudd playing a superhero. It's great to have a comic book movie co-written by Edgar Wright ("The World's End"), Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"), Adam McKay ("The Other Guys") and Rudd. And it's cool to have a movie called "Ant-Man," since my mom's maiden ... Read more

Movie review: Socialist crusader vs. powers that be in 'Jimmy's Hall'

"Jimmy's Hall," Ken Loach's loving dramatization of the life and times of the Irish communist James "Jimmy" Gralton, begins with jumpy black-and-white archival footage of Depression-era New York. The buildings going up, the teeming crowds, the soup kitchen lines. Read more

Evangeline Lilly living a fantasy life

As the last mind-twisting episodes of the ABC drama "Lost" played out in 2010, Evangeline Lilly made it clear that she was ready for a break. The series had been such a physical, emotional and mental challenge for her, she was ready to leaving acting behind. Read more

Amy Schumer's 'Trainwreck' funny yet insightful

When Amy's boyfriend admits he would have married her, she's stunned. Read more

'Mr. Holmes' meets his match in Mr. McKellen

"I have been alone, all my life," says 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), and you hear every one of his years in that voice. "Mr. Holmes," directed by Bill Condon and based on a novel by Mitch Cullin, isn't really a mystery, though it presents a few puzzles to solve; instead, it's a gent... Read more

Gyllenhaal tough to recognize in 'Southpaw'

If you thought Jake Gyllenhaal's transformation for last year's "Nightcrawler" was extreme - losing weight and gaining a creepy intensity to play a feral freelance video cameraman trolling the streets of L.A. - look at the actor in "Southpaw." Read more

'The Tribe' is brutal and loud, without saying a word

With not a word of dialogue spoken, the electrifying high school gang thriller "The Tribe" plays like a mute "Lord of the Flies." Read more

Movie review: 'Ant-Man' is a funny, clever addition to the Marvel universe

Parents need to know that "Ant-Man" is a Marvel Studios/Disney superhero film (based on a Stan Lee comic) that's tied into the rest of the "Marvel-verse." There's plenty of action/sci-fi violence - from fistfights to shoot-outs to a few gory deaths in which the human (or animal) victim turns into... Read more

Movie review: Schumer's 'Trainwreck' is filthy and funny

"Trainwreck" is anything but. Read more

'Trainwreck': A win for Judd Apatow ... and LeBron James

Two surprises emerge from the agreeable Judd Apatow/Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck"; namely a) it's actually a quite conventional romantic comedy, albeit one with a high raunch factor; and b) LeBron James, playing himself, is very, very funny. (Maybe sports fans knew this already? I didn't. But, ... Read more

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