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Director, co-star see 'Most Wanted Man' as the best Hoffman tribute of all

There's something about a good spy novel that says "fall," and the best films in that genre reflect this. The skies are overcast, a sort of pale gun-metal grey. Everything is rain and shadows, all the better for skulking about underthe ever-present pall of death Read more

Not much moonlight, even less 'Magic' in Woody's latest

Those of us waiting for Woody Allen's return to nostalgia after "Midnight in Paris," fans who figure his love of 1920s "Hot Jazz" and theatrical, dated dialogue make him most at home with period pieces, are in for something of a letdown with "Magic in the Moonlight." Read more

Keaton clicks with Douglas, 'And So It Goes'

Two old pros show the kids how chemistry works in a romantic comedy in "And So It Goes," a love-the-last-time-around romp that'll give its target audience the warm fuzzies. Read more

Kendrick stirs up a �happy� family in 'Happy Christmas'

"Happy Christmas" is a petite, lived-in character comedy of the Mumblecore school - just a group of chatty twentysomethings, drinking, growing beards and having the occasional bathroom hook-up as they think about growing up. Read more

'Planes: Fire & Rescue' really takes off

There's a cheerful simplicity about the animated "Planes: Fire & Rescue." Contrast it with the chaotic, clanging "Transformers" movie, made for a slightly older preteen audience. The high-flying new Disney cartoon has a clearer story, more engaging characters, more lucid action scenes and jok... Read more

'Boyhood' turns nothing into everything

The one thing many first remark about Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," the Austin director's joyous and life-affirming love letter to adolescence and family, is how he filmed it over the course of 12 years with the same cast. That is no easy feat, but what's even more remarkable than the technical ... Read more

A 'Sex Tape' you don't want to watch

"Sex Tape" is a lump of half-cocked misunderstandings and nakedly affected zaniness. Read more

'The Purge: Anarchy' releases the beast on the streets of Los Angeles

"The Purge: Anarchy" is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. And, often, as effective. Read more

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'Sex Tape' is not quite as bad as its TV ads

"Sex Tape" is not quite the train wreck its TV ads make it out to be. Which turns out to be the good news as far as this last and least of the big R-rated comedies of summer goes. Read more

Capsule reviews of feature films

ALAN PARTRIDGE 2 1/2 stars. Steve Coogan imports his long-running stock comic character to the U.S. Partridge, a small-town British DJ, is a vainglorious twit. In this thin feature he gets caught up in a siege at his station that goes on far, far too long. 1 hr. 30 R (profanity, violence, nudity)... Read more

A tense thriller from Brazil about a kidnapping where nothing is quite as it seems

At the start of "A Wolf at the Door," Sylvia (Fabiula Nascimento) and her husband Bernardo (Milhem Cortaz) panic after learning a woman claiming to be their neighbor picked up their 6-year-old daughter from school and vanished. Pressured by a detective, Bernardo confesses to being in an affair wi... Read more

'Purge' sequel gets it all out of our systems

The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco's 2013 sleeper hit "The Purge" was not that American society had resolved its crime/ inequality/ population problems with an annual free-pass-for-murder "purge." It was that this hell night came home to roost on isolated, gated suburbanites, ostensibly lib... Read more

Richard Linklater gambled and won with acclaimed 'Boyhood'

FORT WORTH, Texas - Richard Linklater is the first to admit that "Boyhood," his acclaimed movie tracing the arc of a suburban Houston boy's maturation from the age of 6 to 18, could have been a colossal failure. Read more

This 'Sex Tape' should be erased

The cinematic equivalent of herpes, "Sex Tape" is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately no medication is required after being exposed to it: The effects are not permanent, only painful. Read more

'I Origins' is that rare movie mystery that makes you think and feel

Ian is a man of science. But he is still a man. And when a model-thin hottie with a strange accent comes on to him in a party, the nerdy guy whose "Can I take a picture of your eyes?" is no pick-up line, is smitten. Read more

Time flies for busy 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' star Dane Cook

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - It's only noon, but it's already been a busy day for Dane Cook. After flying into Fresno, he drove the two hours to Yosemite National Park to do interviews for "Planes: Fire & Rescue" in the shadow of mountains and trees. Read more

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