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This 'Museum' piece is as funny as a tomb

There's a mildly amusing Pompeii gag midway through "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb." It involves a scale model toy Roman soldier Steve Coogan and his Old West cowboy pal (Owen Wilson) and a monkey in need of extinguishing a model volcano's fire. Read more

2014's finest films wield unique power

The two most daring and innovative films of 2014 - "Birdman" and "Boyhood" - couldn't be more different. Alejandro G. Inarritu's wild, woolly backstage drama, with Michael Keaton in his tighty-whities worrying about his career and his soul, is a nonstop whirl of crackling dialogue, crackerjack pe... Read more

This 'Museum' piece is as funny as a tomb

There's a mildly amusing Pompeii gag midway through "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb." It involves a scale model toy Roman soldier Steve Coogan and his Old West cowboy pal (Owen Wilson) and a monkey in need of extinguishing a model volcano's fire. Read more

Best and worst films of 2014

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'Hobbit' a worthy tribute to timeless book

Readers of J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" know that the author saved the best material for last, as Tolkien wove his story strands together to create a parable of the wages of vengeance and greed. It's this narrative balance that makes the last installment of Peter Jackson's movie trilogy, "T... Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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'Annie' cast can't quite pull off a musical

In the opening scene of "Annie," the camera zeroes in on a little girl in red-headed curls, enthusiastically reciting a report to her classmates on the death of President William Henry Harrison, which she punctuates with a totally inappropriate tap dance. Read more

2014 was a dazzling year for movies. Remember?

So, 2014 in film - a good year for movies, or a weak one? Read more

'Sniper' brings Eastwood back, a lot closer to the bullseye

The acting drops away from Bradley Cooper's performance as "deadliest American sniper" Chris Kyle. Cooper bulked up, kept a pinch between his lower lip and jaw and became a man of few drawled words, the perfect Clint Eastwood hero in Eastwood's film "American Sniper." Read more

Paul Schneider shines as an every-divorced-man in 'Goodbye to All That'

Character actor Paul Schneider earns a great showcase for his quirky brand of befuddled reserve in "Goodbye to All That," an offbeat romance about sudden divorce, hiding in the past and "getting back out there" in a dating scene twisted by social media into a Golden Age of the Hook Up. Read more

Wallis, Jamie and Jay Z bring 'Annie' back to life

"Annie," a musical that the decades have rendered into a punchline, is modernized, made more streetwise and brought back to life in a production backed by Jay Z and various members of the Will and Jada Pinkett Smith empire. Read more

'Yellowbird' adds European locations to a conventional kids' cartoon

In the Euro-animated "Yellowbird," an agoraphobic orphaned hatchling is entrusted with the task of leading a flock of bluebirds from Northern France to their winter home in Africa. Read more

Spall and Leigh conspire to bring a great painter to life in 'Mr. Turner'

Mike Leigh, cinematic celebrator of the British working classes, delivers hissecond sumptuous period biography in "Mr. Turner," a lovely, lively and languorous biopic that's almost as painterly as its subject. Read more

Wahlberg's 'Gambler' never lets us see him sweat � unfortunately

Mark Wahlberg takes on his most ambitious acting job ever in "The Gambler," a gritty remake of a 1974 film that starred James Caan. Andthe new gamblerdoesn't embarrass himself. Read more

Adams' big eyes make this �Big Eyes� one of the must-see movie biographies of the year

Casting Amy Adams to star in "Big Eyes" is one of the great no-brainers in Hollywood history. Read more

Final 'Hobbit' leans too heavily on action

Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy serves as a monumental testimony to what can happen when a director with boundless imagination, advancements in technology and a beloved story come together. The result is magic. Read more

Striking and eerie 'Babadook' a phenomenal standout

"The Babadook" is urgent, uncanny and entirely disturbing, a dream within a dream within a nightmare. It is the best English language supernatural film of this new century. Read more

Behold! Bible stories are back with a vengeance

God is a whale of a storyteller. From the Garden of Eden to the Great Flood to the resurrection of Christ, he's got the best material. Read more

'Exodus' all action, little depth

Exodus, shmexodus. Never has the Bible seemed so paper-thin as it does in "Exodus: Gods and Kings." Read more

Australian director makes a big Hollywood splash with 'Babadook'

It looks as if Jennifer Kent may soon be balancing Australia in one hand and Hollywood in the other. Read more

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