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Movie review: 'Max' is touchy but clunky

"Semper fidelis," the Romans used to purr into their dogs' ears, long before the Marine Corps adopted the Latin for "Always faithful" as their motto. Read more

Movie review: An aspiring deejay enchanted by electronica in 'Eden'

Somewhere between "euphoria and melancholia": That's the music favored by the fictional young Parisian deejay in co-writer/director Mia Hansen-Love's "Eden," a fragrantly atmospheric portrait of a time, a place and a restless state of romantic yearning. Read more

Movie review: 'Big Game' is a big joke that never quite finds the funny bone

Fifteen minutes into a serious thriller about shooting down Air Force One and kidnapping the president, "Big Game" turns seriously silly. Read more

Movie review: Lovely 'A Little Chaos' could have used a little more ... chaos

"A Little Chaos" is an overlong ditty of a movie, Alan Rickman's amusingly fanciful version of how a famous outdoor ballroom in the gardens of Versailles came to be. Read more

Wedded bliss put to the test at couples' gathering in 'The Overnight'

Alex has an inferiority complex. His appendage is considerably smaller than average and at a key, comically awkward moment in "The Overnight," this recent LA arrival (he's a Seattle transplant, with a wife and child) gets a look at what his new friend Kurt has to offer. In a couple of shots the a... Read more

Jennifer Connelly embraces 'mysterious' role in 'Aloft'

There have been a lot of primal human emotions in Jennifer Connelly's films lately. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALOFT. 2 stars. A bleak and mystical - and mystifying - story about a mother (Jennifer Connelly), her two boys, a tragedy and a jump-in-time to 20 years later, when one of those sons (Cillian Murphy) is being interviewed by a documentarian (Melanie Laurent). She professes an interest in his work ... Read more

Movie review: 'Ted 2' is profane, obnoxious � and hilarious

Prude alert! "Ted 2" is profane, socially incorrect, pro-pot, irreverent, deliberately obnoxious and packed to the end credits with decadent jokes that are not legally quotable in most states. It mocks sacred cows like Robin Williams, 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo. It is deliberately crass. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Movie review: 'Ted 2' is more of the same bawdy bear

"Ted 2" reunites Mark Wahlberg's insecure-wallflower character (it's called acting, folks) with the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff and racial, sexual, scatological and '80s-reference insults voiced, with movie-saving acumen, by co-writer and director Seth MacFarlane. Read more

Alan Rickman turns regal for 'A Little Chaos,' and has the Louis XIV wig to prove it

So, Alan Rickman, what did you know about Louis XIV of France before playing him and directing a movie about the creation of a verdant outdoor ballroom in the gardens of Versailles Palace? Read more

'Inside Out' figures out how to smile

If movies acquired symbolism points, "Inside Out" would earn metaphor stars. (Questlove, a rimshot please.) It takes place largely inside the head of 11-year-old Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), whose outward behavior hinges on the activity of five anthropomorphized feelings that press buttons and... Read more

'Dope' goes in and out of a mild buzz

The couple of moments that evoked a noticeable audience response during a recent screening of "Dope" were very different, sort of: Early on, unnecessary voiceover (by producer Forest Whitaker) makes a terrible joke about how the real tragedy of a kid killed while waiting in line at a fast food re... Read more

Movie review: 'Inside Out': Outstanding new Pixar film will dazzle and delight kids of all ages

Parents need to know that "Inside Out" is an outstandingly original, heartfelt story from Pixar about growing up and learning to handle your biggest emotions. Told primarily from the perspective of the feelings inside 11-year-old Riley's mind, the plot has many moments of peril/tension - includin... Read more

Movie review: 'Balls Out' hunts for rude laughs in the world of college intramurals

You've got to appreciate good trash talk to get into "Balls Out," a college intramural sports comedy that was never going to amount to much. Read more

Movie review: 'Me and Earl' is a surprising, inspiring

There's an air of precocious genius around "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," which despite its glum title is an inspired existential comedy. Yes, it's about two high school boys and a girl, cancer and young love. But it is far wiser than all that, and free of stock figures. It brims with self-ref... Read more

'Me and Earl' director packed movie with references to his film 'heroes'

Can a deliriously funny comedy also break your heart? This year's winner of the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance proves that it can. Alfonso Gomes-Rejon's "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," following two high school misfits guilted into hanging out with a classmate with leukemia, is... Read more

Lewis Black gives voice to Anger in Pixar's 'Inside Out'

The eruption of exasperation and disgust that Lew Black brings to his stand-up comedy has made him the face of anger in entertainment. Now, he's also the voice. Read more

Movie review: 'Inside Out' is best Disney-Pixar film since 'Up'

Director Pete Docter's "Inside Out" springs from a single, terrific idea. What if a person's basic emotions were tiny humanoid sprites sharing a command center, a spacious variation on the one in the starship Enterprise but inside the human brain? Read more

Movie review: 'Dope' is the tale of a teen's no-good, very bad but finally excellent day

It sounds clueless and blinkered to compare the vibrant new comedy "Dope," set in multicultural Inglewood southwest of LA, to the extremely white 1983 film "Risky Business." Read more

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