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'Revenge of the Green Dragons' serves up mob movie cliches, with eggrolls

Bloody, brutal and melodramatic, "Revenge of the Green Dragons" is a straight-up gang war thriller whose release is "presented" by Martin Scorsese. The master of Italian-American mob movies saw much to like, and much that is familiar in this story of the rise of Chinese gangs in 1980s Flushing, N.Y. Read more

'Force Majeure' tense and unnerving

Near the beginning of Swedish director Ruben Ostland's devastatingly powerful "Force Majeure," his country's official Oscar entry, an avalanche at a French ski resort nearly takes out a balcony filled with diners at the lodge's restaurant. Read more

Horror collection teaches more 'ABCs of Death'

That miss-or-hit collection of horror shorts, "The ABCs of Death" becomes more hit or miss with its sequel, "ABCs of Death 2." Read more

Radcliffe swaps his magic wand for skull protrusions in 'Horns'

In "Horns," Daniel Radcliffe grows a pair. Read more

'Missionary' hunts for chilling thrills from a Mormon recruiter gone bad

"Missionary" is a lean, slickly sordid indie thriller about a Mormon missionary who goes bad. Really bad. Read more

William H Macy calls the shots in 'Rudderless'

Feel like an indie tonight?"Rudderless,"William H. Macy's directorial debut, is in theaters. Read more

Documentary finds magic in an obsessed man's mania to create art

Documentary filmmaking rewards the obsessive. Read more

'John Wick' reminds us of Reeves' action prowess

Where have you gone, Keanu Reeves? With the exception of two movies released late last year that no one saw ("47 Ronin" and "Man of Tai Chi," his directorial debut), Reeves hasn't starred in a film since 2008's "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Read more

Seattle co-stars with Keira Knightley in likable 'Laggies'

Lynn Shelton's made-in-Seattle comedy "Laggies" takes on a rare topic in the movies: a young woman suffering from arrested development; in other words, a woman-child. Twenty-eight-year-old Megan (Keira Knightley) is stuck in a rut: Despite having a graduate degree, she works as a sign twirler (an... Read more

'Whiplash' delivers with Oscar-worthy performances

Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle, welcome to Oscar season. Read more

Edward Norton was eager to work with writer/director Inarritu

Edward Norton's odd career trajectory has established him as a guy who can play offbeat leading men or memorable bit parts, anything from the reformed skinhead of "American History X" to the cartoonishly no-nonsense scoutmaster in "Moonrise Kingdom." Since he shot to prominence in 1996 with his f... Read more

'Dear White People' a brilliant film with wide appeal

I love this movie. "Dear White People" is a comedy so socially serious, a drama so archly satirical, a campus story so worldly that you leave it with wild outbursts of comprehension and giggles. The provocative first-time feature directed and written by Justin Simien feels like a welcoming party ... Read more

Daring and imaginative, 'Birdman' is a cinematic tour de force

When I first read the thumbnail on this one - washed-up Hollywood action hero seeks redemption by staging serious play, with most scenes transpiring backstage at a Broadway theater - I thought, what a boring excuse for a bit of meta navel-gazing that will interest no one outside the profession. C... Read more

Fine cast makes for action-packed 'John Wick'

"John Wick" transforms the current zeal for hit-man movies into a mix of propulsive homicide and giddy farce. Read more

'Ouija' geared to spook out tweens

"Ouija" might just be an example of anti-product placement. Read more

'John Wick' a hitman out for revenge

A single uniformed cop shows up inthe hitman-out-for-revenge thriller "John Wick." He sees blood on the title character's face and hands. Read more

'Ouija' puts the bored into board game movies

"Ouija" is a dead teenager movie aimed squarely at a teen audience. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ADDICTED A successful businesswoman, wife and mother (Sharon Leal) risks it all when she can't resist temptation. Not Previewed Read more

'Exists' full of stock characters yelling stock lines

It comes as no surprise that some of the folks who made "The Blair Witch Project," the definitive "found footage" horror film, do a solid job with"Exists," a found footage bigfoot thriller. Read more

Keanu Reeves back in action

Keanu Reeves hasn't been in the Hollywood spotlight the past five years the way he was when he was turning out major feature films like "The Matrix," "Speed" and "The Devil's Advocate." That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy. Read more

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