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‘Free Fire’ misses the mark



“Free Fire,” the latest cinematic gut-punch from Ben Wheatley (“High-Rise”), gets off to a retrotastic start, with a high-energy credits sequence composed of a fat ’70s-era font and a punchy track from the Boston punk band the Real Kids. Just when the words ... Read more

‘The Lost City of Z’ deserves discovery


Amazon Studios

In 2005, The New Yorker magazine published a piece by journalist David Grann’s journey through Brazil, retracing the steps of English explorer Percy Fawcett, who mapped the uncharted depths of the Amazon in the early 20th century. Grann later expanded this piece into a book, “The Lost C... Read more

‘Truman’ named for a dog, but its owner makes the Spanish film a must-see



“Truman” is a great Spanish film that has taken 18 months to arrive in the United States. Last year, at the Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscars), it cleaned up — best picture, actor, supporting actor, director and original screenplay. Directed by Cesc Gay, it’s a small, pe... Read more

History eclipses fictional love triangle in ‘The Promise’


Open Road Films

Horrible human tragedies — unthinkable calamities involving millions of people — dwarf everything else. If you have a movie about the Holocaust, or Stalin’s starvation of the kulaks, or, as in the case of “The Promise,” the Armenian genocide, the historical even... Read more

It’s all too easy to move past ‘Unforgettable’


Warner Bros.

Would anyone who works for an online business really not have a Facebook account? The toxic relationship thriller “Unforgettable” hopes viewers won’t remember its pesky plot holes, but despite a mostly uninspired cast this predictable film eventually builds a campy momentum. Read more

Breathtakingly beautiful ‘Born in China’ falls short



“Born in China” is the latest installment in the “Disneynature” documentary series. It’s “Planet Earth” aimed at younger audiences, but any nature lover can find enjoyment here, especially in the stunning cinematography. While other installments ha... Read more

French film ‘Frantz’ is fantastic


Music Box Films

French filmmaker François Ozon’s “Frantz,” a carefully calibrated meditation on loss and reconciliation, is built around a pivotal lie. The fact that the new drama is a remake, of sorts, of Ernst Lubitsch’s “Broken Lullaby” will tell anyone familiar ... Read more

‘Tommy’s Honour’ is a nice shot but no hole-in-one


Roadside Attractions

he sports biopic “Tommy’s Honour” tells the story of 19th-century Scottish golfer Tom Morris Jr. — Tommy, or Young Tom, as he was known, to distinguish him from his father, Old Tom Morris. It’s a mildly stirring and quietly tragic tale, capably told by director ... Read more

‘The Fate of the Furious’ sputters across the finish line



Discounting any movie with cars that turn into robots, they don’t come much bigger and louder and dumber than the “Fast and Furious” movies. Read more

‘Their Finest’ truly is fine work


Nicola Dove

“Their Finest” is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. Read more

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