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Movie review: 'Neighbors 2' flips the script to great success

Two years ago, "Neighbors" writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, along with director Nicholas Stoller, reinvented the classic college party movie by pitting the frat guys against the young parents next door. It was a raunchy but sweet rumination on getting older and growing out of party m... Read more

Movie review: 'Angry Birds' has weird charm

If you've ever played the mobile video game Angry Birds, you might have found yourself wondering - why am I sling-shotting cartoon birds at grinning green pigs? Why are these birds so angry? What have the pigs done to deserve this destruction? "Angry Birds," the movie, is here to fill in that bac... Read more

Movie review: Pass on 'The Invitation'

At the start of "The Invitation," Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are driving through the Hollywood hills on their way to a dinner party when they hit a coyote with their car. Will uses a tire iron to mercy-kill the wounded animal. This is known as "fores... Read more

Movie review: 'Angry Birds' movie will have you seeing Red

You'll known why the birds are so mad after seeing "The Angry Birds Movie." They've been saddled with a thin story, juvenile writing and a look that might be great for flying through the air but otherwise looks a little creepy. Read more

Director Whit Stillman on adapting Jane Austen for the big screen

When Whit Stillman's "Metropolitan" sidled onto the American film scene in 1990, the cool delight its creator took in his Upper East Side haute bourgeoisie 20-somethings worked like a tonic. At last! went up the cry. Witty dialogue marked by actual wit! How many years had it been? Read more

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Movie review: 'Neighbors 2' flips the script to great success

Two years ago, "Neighbors" writers Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, along with director Nicholas Stoller, reinvented the classic college party movie by pitting the frat guys against the young parents next door. It was a raunchy but sweet rumination on getting older and growing out of party m... Read more

Movie review: 'The Nice Guys' too flawed to create next big buddy franchise

Shane Black put together what has become a major template in the buddy cop genre as the writer of "Lethal Weapon." His design mostly depends on giving his characters snappy dialogue and letting that play out the action against a background that is slightly askew. Read more

Gosling and Crowe are the funniest buddies in 'The Nice Guys'

Why set "The Nice Guys," a buddy-detective comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, in 1977? Certainly, these two could have exchanged witty banter in modern day Los Angeles. Is it to see them don tropical-print shirts, stonewash denim or, in Gosling's case, ridiculous facial hair? That's ... Read more

Movie review: 'Mad Tiger' is a colorful look at madcap punk band

So what do you call a band in which the bassist, sporting flame-red hair and red-dyed beard, dresses up as a big red squid in the shape of a guitar (that is, a squid with a fretboard and guitar strings) and unicycles across the stage, while the lead guitarist, a bright yellow-attired figure with ... Read more

Movie review: 'Angry Birds' has weird charm

If you've ever played the mobile video game Angry Birds, you might have found yourself wondering - why am I sling-shotting cartoon birds at grinning green pigs? Why are these birds so angry? What have the pigs done to deserve this destruction? "Angry Birds," the movie, is here to fill in that bac... Read more

Movie review: 'The Nice Guys' is as funny as it is dark

Shane Black films are unmistakably Shane Black films, with crackling dialogue, relentless action, and tough guys cut from a decidedly retro cloth. In "The Nice Guys," which he directed, and co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi, that cloth is the kind of polyester that might make up a late-'70s leisure... Read more

Movie review: Tom Hiddleston and Sienna Miller in class-warfare slog 'High-Rise'

You may want to give British filmmaker Ben Wheatley some props for his bold attempt to bring J.G. Ballard's 1975 parable of societal implosion, the novel "High-Rise," to the screen. Read more

Movie review: 'A Bigger Splash' is a luscious, sexy, trouble-in-paradise flick

On one level - say, the deep end of a swimming pool in a villa on a volcanic isle - "A Bigger Splash" is the art film version of a houseguest-from-hell horror story. Read more

Movie review: 'Kill Zone 2' is a ballet of brutality

The Chinese martial arts film "Kill Zone 2" has a serpentine plot that doesn't just verge on the incomprehensible, it practically celebrates it. Watching it gives you the feeling that you must have gone to get popcorn, called a few long-lost friends from the lobby, and then taken a nap in your ca... Read more

Movie review: 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' is predictable, but enjoyable

"Just like Mozart could hear a symphony in his head, you dance with numbers up to infinity," says Professor Hardy (Jeremy Irons), admiringly, to his protege Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught mathematics genius. It's 1913, at Trinity College in Cambridge University, and Ramanujan, an ... Read more

Movie review: Foster does what she can with 'Money Monster'

Lee Gates, the main man in the complex thriller "Money Monster," plays a popular stock specialist on live television, telling viewers what to buy, sell or hold. He looks and acts like the classic stereotype of a Wall Street whiz on TV - $5,000 suit, winning smile, sharp patter. Read more

Jodie Foster on the lessons, challenges of 'Money Monster'

It's a hostage situation, a financial thriller, a globe-spanning mystery and a satire of how Wall Street is covered in the news like a professional sport. But is "Money Monster" also a movie that could resonate politically, perhaps with those feeling the Bern? Read more

Movie review: 'Money Monster' pays off big with strong George Clooney

There's always the possibility that the audience will lose interest in a movie where the plot is deeply entangled in money matters. But Director Jodie Foster cashes in on the superb work of George Clooney and Jack O'Connell to make sure there are never any monetary dull spots in "Money Monster." Read more

Jodie Foster takes on the wolves of Wall Street in 'Money Monster'

Having created three sensitive art house dramas about troubled families, Jodie Foster moved in a very different direction directing her fourth. Read more

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