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Movie review: �Mr. Kaplan� finds humor in an old Uruguayan's hunt for Nazis

"Mr. Kaplan," which was Uruguay's contender for the best foreign language film Oscar, is about an elderly Jew who ponders whether he "inspired" anyone, if he's "accomplished anything memorable." Jacob Kaplan (Hector Noguera) decides the answer is "no," and results to do something about it. Read more

Movie review: This �Buzzard� is just circling, looking for his next victim

Marty Jackitansky is a paranoid leech who scams everyone from the bank where he works to the frozen pizza company that makes his favorite evening meal. Read more

Movie review: �Road Hard� amusingly mocks the comic's life on tour

"Write what you know," the old novelist's adage goes. So Adam Carolla co-wrote, co-directed and stars in a movie about a has-been/never-quite-was comic whose glory days were more than a decade ago and whose "partner," back in the day, went on to bigger and better things. Read more

Movie review: �Heineken� kidnapping brews up a generally flat film treatment

Anthony Hopkins ferments a fine rage, perhaps at the "dying of the light," in "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken." As mega-rich Dutch brewery mogul Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, his quicksilver flashes of temper are worthy of other Hopkins creations, even the demigod Odin in the "Thor" movies. Freddy Heineken ... Read more

Movie review: 'Focus' is a blurry mess

Sometimes, reviewing a movie is like trying to grab on to a goldfish in a bowl. It just keeps slipping away, and you can't get your hands around it, and you begin to wonder why on Earth you were trying to capture this goldfish anyway. In the case of the Will Smith heist comedy "Focus," it's as if... Read more

Will Smith taking new direction with career

The failure of "After Earth" taught Will Smith a valuable lesson: One bad summer movie doesn't mean the end of a career. Read more

'Lazarus Effect' dead on arrival

First-time feature director David Gelb tries to create lively scares out of the bringing-back-the-dead film genre with "The Lazarus Effect." The best he gets are a few nervous twitches. Read more

Movie review: 'Lazarus' almost raises a whole film genre from the dead

"The Lazarus Effect" is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul. Read more

Dame Judi at 80 � laughing, living and looking forward

Dame Judi Dench takes an awkward pause. Her interviewer's name is familiar, even if the actor he shares it with never played one of Dench's versions of James Bond. Read more

Movie review: 'Maps to the Stars' travels to some dark places

"I need a new chore whore!" announces Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), an aging actress whose previous personal assistant ran off with some money and her stash of Vicodin. Havana, who is respected in Hollywood but has reached that age when casting directors are no longer interested her - "she's m... Read more

Movie review: �Maps to the Stars� gets lost in Hollywood's cosmic depravity

The girl wears elbow-length gloves and hair that hides other burn scars from her face. She's made her way to Hollywood by bus, but knows enough to hire a limo to get around town. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AMERICAN SNIPER. 3 stars. Bradley Cooper delivers a powerful turn as Chris Kyle, the real-life Navy SEAL credited with the most kills of any sniper in U.S. military history. Clint Eastwood directs this taut Iraq War-era drama, although the sequences with Kyle returning stateside are diminished by... Read more

Oscar-winning writer Graham Moore discusses his depression

Growing up in Chicago's Lincoln Park as a movie fan with Hollywood aspirations, Graham Moore had rehearsed this moment many times. Those practiced Oscar speeches, delivered into shampoo bottles, never involved a laundry list of thank-yous. Read more

Movie review: Hayek goes back to her bloody B-movie origins in 'Everly'

"Everly" is the sort of gonzo guns and Ginsu knives thriller Tarantino made back before he discovered the joys of bloat. Read more

Movie review: 'Timbuktu' a haunting look at life under religious extremists

Even though the atrocities committed by radical jihadists dominate the headlines and airwaves, few in the West know what it's like to live under their reign. "Timbuktu," Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako's Oscar-nominated vision of an African village overtaken by religious extremists, is ... Read more

Movie review: 'Shadows' a sly, touching take on friendship

"This is the not-so-true story, of four vampires, picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped. Find out what happens, when bloodsuckers stop being polite, and start getting real ... 'The Real World'!" Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Movie review: �Maps to the Stars� gets lost in Hollywood's cosmic depravity

The girl wears elbow-length gloves and hair that hides other burn scars from her face. She's made her way to Hollywood by bus, but knows enough to hire a limo to get around town. Read more

Director, star talk about revisiting �The Troubles� in the Irish Civil War film �71�

Director Yann Demange doesn't want people to pigeon-hole his pulse-pounding Northern Ireland chase picture "71" as, well, "a chase picture," or simply another tale set amid "The Troubles," the decades-long civil war in Northern Ireland. Read more

Movie review: Smith and Robbie throw a wet blanket into �Focus�

The trouble with movies about "The Big Con" is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen - relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Read more

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