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Movie review: 'Chocolate City' is no 'Magic Mike'

What's that old showbiz maxim? "Just give the people what they want." Read more

Movie review: Tomorrow isn't what it used to be in 'Tomorrowland'

"Tomorrowland" is Brad Bird's Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for zombie apocalypses, environmental catastrophes and the 24 hours of fear telecast by cable news. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. 2.5 stars. The action in the latest Marvel Universe installment - and there's plenty - is just what you'd expect: giant-screen CG-driven thwacking, thumping, throwing SUVs into the air, the titular A.I. bad guy looking invincible - until he isn't. It's state-of-the-art, i... Read more

Movie review: 'The Farewell Party' lets the Israeli elderly make their exit in style

Steve Allen's famous equation, "Tragedy plus time equals comedy" is seriously stretched in "The Farewell Party," a darker-than-dark Israeli comedy about old people seeking "death with dignity." Read more

Movie review: 'Tomorrowland' promises a world of hope and promise � with some preachiness

Coming on the heels of the brutally dystopian vision of what's to come glimpsed in "Mad Max: Fury Road," the jet packs and "Jetsons" gleam of the charming if preachy "Tomorrowland" comes as a huge sigh of relief. Now, this is what we were promised, a world's fair cornucopia of rocket ships that t... Read more

Review: 'Pitch Perfect 2' keeps the same sound

"Pitch Perfect 2" is a stunningly hilarious sequel to its predecessor, "Pitch Perfect." The movie follows relatively the same plot as the original: It begins with an embarrassing incident involving Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) not wearing underwear, which echoes Aubrey's (Anna Camp) throwing-up fiasco ... Read more

Movie review: �Aloft� sinks like a stone

"Aloft" is a melancholy, cryptic drama that guards its secrets as if they're the answer to some ancient riddle about the human condition. Read more

Movie review: 'Tomorrowland' is a mess � but a good mess

"Tomorrowland" is a crazy, disjointed mess. But it's the best sort of crazy, and it's the sort of mess you want to lose yourself in, like the paint-splattered studio of an artist who has been on a mad creative tear, cranking out crazy pieces that you can't stop poring over. This is the fifth movi... Read more

Writer Kay Cannon's 'Pitch Perfect' track record

When I reached "Pitch Perfect 2" screenwriter Kay Cannon by phone recently in Los Angeles, she offered a disclaimer. Read more

Elliott makes the most of his latest dreamboat turn in 'I'll See You in My Dreams'

Sam Elliott had a window when he might have broken through and become a bankable Hollywood leading man. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Column: It's looking a lot like 1982 at the movies

If legendary snoozer Rip Van Winkle went to sleep in the spring of 1982 and woke up today, his beard might have stretched a hundred nasty, matted yards, but he'd probably think he had taken only a power nap: "Mad Max" is going post-apocalyptic in movie theaters. "Poltergeist" is poised to scare u... Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Movie review: A dream cast results in a melancholy romance in 'I'll See You in My Dreams'

"I'll See You in My Dreams" has a dream cast - Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott, and such supporting players as Mary Kay Place, Malin Akerman and Rhea Pearlman. Read more

Movie review: �Gett� captures the horrors of divorce court when that court is part of a theocracy

The Kafkaesque nightmare a woman endures trying to get a divorce in a theocracy is played out, in sometimes comical/often excruciating detail in "Gett: The Trail of Viviane Amsalem." Read more

Getting beaten up helped Gibson land 'Mad Max' role

Being a bad boy can be a good career move, it turns out. Read more

Movie review: 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' excellent, extremely violent reboot is not for kids

Parents need to know that "Mad Max: Fury Road" - the fourth film in the "Mad Max" series and the first in decades - is a reboot of sorts, with Tom Hardy taking over for Mel Gibson in the title role. It's extremely violent, with nonstop chase scenes, explosions, deaths, blood, shooting, and stabbi... Read more

'Mad Max' has long history of action, post-apocalyptic adventure

Mad Max has roared into theaters after a 30-year absence and the story picks up with Max (Tom Hardy) madder than ever. Dealing with the guilt over the people he hasn't been able to save over the years, Max is forced into the role of reluctant hero again. Read more

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