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Movie review: Jerry Lewis still has it in 'Max Rose'

On old actors' motto says "dying is easy, comedy is hard." In a dark dramatic turn in "Max Rose," his first leading role in decades, Jerry Lewis proves he still has the power, physicality and timing to play both ways. He turns against type as Max, a long retired jazz pianist coping with evidence ... Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

BAD MOMS. 2.5 stars. Mila Kunis stars as a stressed-out working mother who teams with two similarly overtaxed women (Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn), rebelling against a hissy PTA prez (Christina Applegate) in a mildly amusing, moderately raunchy, mostly schematic comedy from the writers of "The Hang... Read more

You can't go to the movies to escape politics

The presidential election is entering its final stretch, but we've been casting ballots for a month of Sundays. At least in terms of politically themed movies. American voters buy millions of tickets for them every year. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Movie review: 'Goat' offers look at brutal fraternity life

Director and co-writer Andrew Neel's psychological frat horror "Goat" is a film about flesh. About the resiliency and vulnerability of human flesh; its fragilities, agonies and ecstasies. About the drastically different ways in which flesh meets flesh, to varying ends. About what it sounds like w... Read more

Oliver Stone still fighting for his cause

In Oliver Stone's new film, "Snowden," Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who created a seismic controversy in 2013 when he told the world that the agency was spying on U.S. citizens. The film follows Snowden on the path that transformed him from a hawkish conservative ... Read more

'Blair Witch' review: Doesn't understand less is more

In 1999, the original "The Blair Witch Project" was hailed as the first "viral" movie, creating the found-footage genre of films to which this "Blair Witch" sequel belongs. But unlike its predecessor, "Blair Witch," doesn't have the luxury of convincing people that what they're watching actually ... Read more

Movie review: This 'Seven' is more mediocre than magnificent

Seven warriors fight for the vulnerable, in a formula that bears revisiting in "The Magnificent Seven." Akira Kurosawa's 1954 masterpiece, "Seven Samurai," begat the classic 1960 Western "The Magnificent Seven," then a late '90s TV series and now, a big budget action adventure Western directed by... Read more

Movie review: 'Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise' is absorbing, effective

The cultural touchstone born Marguerite Ann Johnson and known widely as Maya Angelou wrote seven autobiographies and two cookbooks, in addition to everything else she wrote, directed, delivered to the world. She changed and expanded a lot of minds, simply on the strength of her 1969 memoir "I Kno... Read more

Movie review: 'Storks' is a weird, wacky bundle of joy

Welcome to the very strange, and strangely moving, world of "Storks." Writer-director Nicholas Stoller, known for his more adult comedies, such as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Neighbors," delves into the family-friendly animated genre in a little movie about where babies come from. Or where t... Read more

'Moonlight' reveals struggles of a young African-American man

Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight," about a Miami boy who discovers himself along the path of a few harsh, beautiful years, is enjoying a luminous reception following recent screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and, a few days before that, the Telluride Film Festival in the Colorado moun... Read more

Movie review: 'Queen of Katwe' tells inspiring true story

The van in which chess coach Robert Katende shuttles his charges has a sticker on the back reading "challenges are not a curse." It's a message that's oft reiterated throughout the inspiring "Queen of Katwe," directed by Mira Nair. The inspiring true story of a young girl from the Ugandan slums w... Read more

Ryan Gosling sings, dances, reads in margins of Gene Kelly's annotated scripts

"You're my first, so I apologize if I'm a little rusty." Read more

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