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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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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

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

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

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

'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

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: �Slow West� is the Old West we remember, but don't quite recognize

There's an alien feel to "Slow West," an unconventionally conventional Western about a romantic tenderfoot provided safe passage to the frontier by a grizzled, unsentimental gunman. Read more

Charlize Theron came to love silence used in 'Fury Road'

Charlize Theron spent six months in the blistering heat and chilling cold of Africa and Australia to film director George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road." The first thing she says when she walks into the film stage on Sunset Boulevard for interviews for the new action film: "Is anyone else freezing?" Read more

Movie review: Van Damme is up to his old kicks in �Pound of Flesh�

In "Pound of Flesh," Jean-Claude Van Damme can still do the splits, still pull off a nude scene and still feels the need to do one. Read more

Movie review: Junkies eat, prey and love like �Animals�

Bobbie flirts with the clerk while Jude pilfers CDs. Jude keeps their ancient Oldsmobile running while Bobbie scams a would-be John thinking she's a hooker. Read more

Spike Lee addresses 'Chiraq' controversy: 'We're here for peace'

"A lot of things have been said about this film by people who know nothing about the film," Spike Lee told assembled media at a news conference Thursday morning, breaking his silence for the first time since news of his plans for a movie about violence in Chicago surfaced last month. Read more

Movie review: 'Echoes of War' needs a better look, bigger ideas

Take away the armies and artillery, and a low-budget Civil War movie turns into a Western. Read more

Movie review: 'Where Hope Grows' elevated by solid performances

"Where Hope Grows" could have made its debut as a Lifetime or Hallmark Channel offering. It has the kind of emotional tension that Lifetime loves to put in their films. And, it's loaded with the sentimentality that makes Hallmark movies so warm and fuzzy. Read more

Movie review: 'Where Hope Grows' is routine, but watchable

"Where Hope Grows" is a sometimes moving and generally watchable melodrama about a drunken ex-ballplayer who finds purpose and a friend back in his home town. Read more

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