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Movie review: ‘Unfinished Business’


Twentieth Century Fox

In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman’s Swingers (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for mainstream American comedy: from romantic ( Th... Read more

Movie review: ‘Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’


Music Box Films

Disturbing and shocking, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is a fiction about an unimaginable fact of life in present-day Israel. The divorce-centered drama is so provocative that it has become a lightning rod for debate inside the country. Even watching from a dista... Read more

Movie review: ‘Road Hard’


Film Buff

Adam Carolla co-wrote, co-directed and stars in Road Hard, an interesting slice-of-life about a mid-career, middle-aged comedian going back on the road. Though it’s a narrative feature, the movie has some of the appeal of a documentary, the sense of seeing some... Read more

Movie review: ‘Everly’



Everly is the sort of gonzo guns and Ginsu knives thriller Tarantino made back before he discovered the joys of bloat. Read more

Movie review: ‘Buzzard’



Marty Jackitansky is a paranoid leech who scams everyone from the bank where he works to the frozen pizza company that makes his favorite evening meal. Read more

Movie review: ‘Kidnapping Mr. Heineken’



Anthony Hopkins ferments a fine rage, perhaps at the “dying of the light,” in Kidnapping Mr. Heineken. As mega-rich Dutch brewery mogul Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, his quicksilver flashes of temper are worthy of other Hopkins creations, even ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’


Fox Searchlight

If you’re going to do a movie sequel that doesn’t quite measure up to the original and seems rather hurriedly cobbled together, well, OK. Many filmmakers have done the same. Read more

Movie review: ‘Chappie’


If you can’t go home again, at least you can have a bit of fun trying to get there. Read more

Movie review: ‘These Final Hours’


David Dare Parker

The low-budget Australian apocalyptic drama These Final Hours has such a terrific start — an adrenaline rush of panic and dread as a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth sends a wall of fire around the planet. It’s a shame the movie peters out about ha... Read more

Movie review: ‘Focus’


Warner Bros.

The story is ludicrous, even by the standards of light-hearted caper movies whose only goal is to show off beautiful people, exotic locations, and enough wealth to make Warren Buffett jealous. The plot holes make the Grand Canyon look like a drainage ditch. And the whole thing evaporates from mem... Read more

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