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Movie review: ‘The Boy Next Door’

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Universal Pictures

“Well, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” said one young woman as she exited a screening of The Boy Next Door, the thriller starring Jennifer Lopez and directed by Rob Cohen. Read more

Movie review: ‘A Most Violent Year’

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Atsushi Nishijima

A Most Violent Year is the most welcome kind of throwback. It brings to mind the fierce New York-based productions of Sidney Lumet in particular but also the whole notion of character-driven, the-clock-is-ticking melodramas in general. Read more

Movie review: ‘Still Alice’

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Sony Pictures Classics

Julianne Moore walked away with the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama — beating out the likes of Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything and Reese Witherspoon in Wild Read more

Movie review: ‘Miss Julie’

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Wrekin Hill Entertainment

The comely mistress of the manor is hot and bothered, the homely cook is cool and collected, and the dashing valet is desired by both. In Miss Julie, an Irish period piece of class divides, sexual politics and power games, things will end badly, one suspects, though t... Read more

Movie review: ‘Strange Magic’

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Lucasfilm Ltd.

There are good things in the animated musical fantasy Strange Magic: the ultra-detailed, photorealistic animation; the name-that-tune pleasures of a mash-up/jukebox soundtrack; fine vocal performances from the cast’s actor-singers; and a transcendent sequence f... Read more

Movie review: ‘Cake’

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Cinelou Releasing

In Cake, Jennifer Aniston takes on 15 extra pounds and takes off the makeup, and what the audience ends up seeing is a normal-looking person, not a movie star. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Humbling’

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Christie Mullen

We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre “Hoo-ah!” Something about his Oscar-winning turn in Scent of a Woman unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed-up as that mountain of hair he keeps teased about his head. Read more

Movie review: ‘Two Days, One Night’

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Sundance Selects

It is strange to think of Two Days, One Night as a thriller. The new drama from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the accomplished Belgium filmmaking brothers, stars French actress Marion Cotillard as a factory worker trying to win her job back. Read more

Movie review: ‘Manny’

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Nathaniel James

The documentary Manny chronicles Manny Pacquiao’s rise from a starving kid in the Philippines to a multimillionaire and internationally famous fighter, but it touches on everything without getting too deep into anything. Read more

Movie review: ‘Paddington’

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The Weinstein Company

Please don’t judge the film adaptation of Paddington by its movie poster. On the poster, Paddington the bear looks like the creepy British cousin of the Snuggle fabric softener bear. Read more

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