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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

'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

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY 2 stars. Ed Oxenbould plays the boy who unintentionally jinxes his parents (Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner) and siblings. Comic mayhem ensues ... predictably. An adequate if artificial kids' comedy. 1 hr. 21 PG (profanity, acts of reck... Read more

Film crew goes on an African ghost hunt

Anyone involved in "Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels" is likely to look at the footage and wonder where the elders, the younger people and children are now. After all, they live in Sierra Leone, an Ebola hot spot in West Africa. Read more

'The Way He Looks': Heartwarming Brazilian teen dramedy

All Leo wants is a normal life as a normal teenager - to explore freely the world around him, to give expression to his hormones, to be left alone to brood to Beethoven's string quartets. 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

Family guide to new movie releases

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Tommy Lee Jones turns to pioneer spirit

Tommy Lee Jones has crafted in "The Homesman" an painfully honest assault on the standard trappings of a Western. Read more

Jon Stewart makes directorial debut with 'Rosewater'

Jon Stewart jokes that he and Maziar Bahari have spent so much time traveling the country together to promote Stewart's new film, "Rosewater," that they've become the equivalent of a showbiz odd couple. Read more

Hilary Swank discovers crusty old Tommy Lee Jones' secret while making 'The Homesman'

"Ornery" is a word that fits Tommy Lee Jones like a well-broken in pair of cockroach killers, boots as leathery as the features on his timeworn face. Read more

Carell, Ruffalo and Tatum transform themselves for the riveting 'Foxcatcher'

Gloom gathersover the movie "Foxcatcher." The skies are perpetually grey and the only time we see don't see red leaves tumbling to the ground is when they're covered with snow. Read more

Katie Holmes packs her dancing shoes and her pistol for 'Miss Meadows'

"Miss Meadows" never just walks anywhere. When you're always in tap shoes, you never know when the urge to do a heel tap or paradiddle will strike you. Read more

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