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‘Everybody Loves Somebody’ is a pleasant surprise

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Pantelion

Like its bilingual heroine, the multi-culti romantic comedy “Everybody Loves Somebody” breezily bounces back and forth from Baja to Los Angeles, and it’s a pleasant diversion, on both sides of the border. Read more

‘The Great Wall’ quickly crumbles

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Universal

Director Zhang Yimou has made some of the most ravishingly beautiful films to come out of China, including “Raise the Red Lantern,” “House of Flying Daggers,” and “Hero,” movies that are lavishly sensual in their use of color and light. His fans will have... Read more

‘Fist Fight’ punches with some laughs

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Warner Bros./Rock Paper Photo

There’s a scene near the end of the comedy “Fist Fight” — not long before the altercation promised in the title — that more than makes up for whatever weak-sauce comedic sins have gone before. Let’s just say that the combo of Big Sean’s unprintable... Read more

When the ‘Cure’ is almost worse than the disease

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20th Century Fox

There’s at least one thing that can be said for Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness”: It’s certainly much better than the director’s last effort, the excruciating “Lone Ranger” debacle from four years ago, and it’s more interesting ... Read more

‘Fifty Shades Darker’ too silly to be sexy

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Universal

If you laughed throughout ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ you’ll love this badly directed and badly acted sequel. Read more

Oscar-nominated shorts delve into immigrant crisis

The plight of the immigrant casts a long shadow over this year’s Oscar-nominated short films. Five of the 15 nominees — two in the live-action category and three in documentary — grapple with such of-the-moment themes as refugees, “extreme vetting” and the human... Read more

‘The Salesman’ arrives at our doors at just the right time

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Habib Majidi

With Iran back in the headlines these days, it’s an especially opportune time for the release of “The Salesman,” the latest film from Iran’s most well-known director, Asghar Farhadi. In fact, Farhadi recently made news when he said that he Read more

‘John Wick’ sequel almost as good as the first

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Nico Tavernese

If you didn’t catch 2014’s surprise action hit “John Wick,” launching Keanu Reeves right into a Liam Neeson-style career rebirth, it’s OK. Peter Stormare is here to ... Read more

Animated ‘The Red Turtle’ paints in calming colors

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Sony Pictures Classics

When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate? Read more

Everything is awesome in ‘Lego Batman Movie’

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Warner Bros./DC Comics

In the spring of 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” darkened the doorway of nearly every multiplex across America. Almost exactly a year later comes the animated “The Lego Batman Movie,” set in a universe where everyone and everythi... Read more

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