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'Best of Me' is the worst of Nicholas Sparks

For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe that romance novelist Nicholas Sparks sends their way in his latest. Read more

'Book of Life' offers up a Mexican tale told in animated Mexican colors s

"The Book of Life" is a Mexican-accented kids' cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling it almost reinvents the art form. As pretty as a just-punctured pinata, endlessly inventive,warm and traditional, it serves up Mexican culture in a riot of Mexican colors and mariachi-flavored music. Read more

Review: 'The Green Prince' is a real-world spy thriller

As readers of spy fiction know, every secret agent has a handler, the person to whom the undercover operative reports. We've read about it in novels by Graham Greene and John le Carre, but how might it work in real life? If the intense and fascinating "The Green Prince" is any indication, it take... Read more

'Fury' makes a fine B-movie vehicle for Wardaddy Brad Pitt

This bit of heroics isn't "what I wanted to do," Brad Pitt's battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. "But it's what we're doing." Read more

Director Jason Reitman on our 'techno world'

Jason Reitman would like you to know that in no way is he trying to prove a point with his new film, "Men, Women & Children," which uses a large ensemble cast to train a spotlight on Internet dependencies the way "Crash" did with racism. Read more

Family guide to new movie releases

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Dazzling melodrama 'Whiplash' pits drummer Miles Teller against vicious bandleader J.K. Simmons

Whatever the ripping melodrama "Whiplash" says about artistic torment, or the price of ambition, or mentor/student relationships from hell or thereabouts, it's too busy providing serious excitement - both as an actors showcase and a confirmation of writer-director Damien Chazelle's cinematic chop... Read more

Cary Elwes chats about his new book, 'The Princess Bride' and meeting the pope

From the Pits of Insanity to the Cliffs of Despair, the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" became a kind of comedy cult favorite. British actor Cary Elwes starred along with Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin in the fairy-tale adventure that didn't really gain a following until it was released on VHS. N... Read more

'Birdman' makes Michael Keaton face his past � almost

Acting, Michael Keaton has long maintained, "is an act of pulling your pants down." And for the film that one-and-all have labeled his "comeback," "that's literally true." Read more

'Dear White People' dishes out the satire to black and white alike

"Satire is the weapon of reason" is the punch line to writer-director Justin Simien's flip and hip satire, "Dear White People." Here's a race-based/race-baiting comedy that tackles issues of identity and sensitivity head on, a debut film that brashly borrows from a few early Spike Lee movies and ... Read more

'Rudderless' dramedy could have used a GPS

"Rudderless" is a tragic quasi-musical that never quite finds its way. It driftsthrough a lot of tunes, some big name cameos, a big twist that you won't swallow and a central relationship that is cute but trite and not for one moment believable. Read more

J.K. Simmons is happy to let his inner bully out for 'Whiplash'

J.K. Simmons? He's that cuddly character actor, right? Read more

Lieberher's big step

"His performance is nuts," an admiring Bill Murray says of his "St. Vincent" costar, Jaeden Lieberher, who was 10 when he showed up in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, last year to work with Murray - and Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, and Chris O'Dowd. Read more

Bill Murray proves once again he can do it all

TORONTO - The movie's over. The audience has laughed, cried, recoiled in horror at the bad behavior on display. But Bill Murray isn't finished. The titular star of "St. Vincent" - instantly a hallmark role of his career - creaks open the screen door to his character's pitiful backyard, headphones... Read more

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