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Movie review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ by the Coen brothers



“People don’t want facts — they want to believe!” Read more

Movie review: ‘The Lady in the Van’


BBC Films

In 1974, by reluctant invitation, a homeless but not vanless woman by the name of Mary Shepherd parked her banged-up vehicle in the driveway of the Camden Town home belonging to playwright, novelist and humorist Alan Bennett. Read more

Movie review: ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’


Jay Maidment

Novelist Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled into a goldmine back in 2009 when he slammed together the polite world of Jane Austen’s manners and manors with the dystopian world of zombie destruction and decimation, with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Not only was it ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Finest Hours’


Walt Disney Studios

The Finest Hours, based on the true story of the valiant 1952 Coast Guard rescue of a sinking oil tanker off the coast of Massachusetts, splits in two much like the wounded vessel at its heart. Read more

Movie review: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’


DreamWorks Animation

They say the third time’s the charm. Read more

Movie review: ‘Lazer Team’


Rooster Teeth Productions

Anyone who grew up on a steady diet of Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles and Transformers will appreciate the good-natured Lazer Team, a Texas-made, PG-13 goof on all those superheroes-save-the-world kids shows of the ’80s. Read more

Movie review: ‘45 Years’


Sundance Selects

The year is early but I’m convinced 45 Years is one of the best films you'll see in 2016. Read more

Movie review: ‘Jeruzalem’


Epic Pictures

If not for its setting, the Israeli horror film Jeruzalem would be just another video verite, found-footage, would-be scarefest with little to make it unique. But its locale — Jerusalem’s walled Old City with all of its cultural ramifications — is diffe... Read more

Movie review: ‘Son of Saul’



The Holocaust movie as a genre has become — pardon the overused expression — singularly problematic. Read more

Movie review: ‘The 5th Wave’


Columbia Pictures

The 5th Wave is very much a January release – in another words, not very good – but at least it’s unusual in its awfulness. For its first half hour, the movie is interesting and alarming in the best way, laying down a sci-fi premise and delivering... Read more

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