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Movie review: ‘Under the Skin”

Under the Skin

A24 Films

To say that a movie feels like a dream is not automatically a positive statement. It all depends on the dream. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Railway Man’

Railway Man

The Weinstein Company

Post-traumatic stress is better recognized now than in earlier decades, but it has been an aftereffect of every war. It’s not until The Railway Man reveals the WWII survival story of its hero that we grasp the significance of the opening shot. Read more

Movie review: Disneynature’s ‘Bears’

Film Review Bears


It’s tough being a single, first-time mom with two children, especially if you’re an Alaskan brown bear. Read more

Movie review: ‘Nymphomaniac, Vol. 2’

Nymphomaniac Vol. 2

Magnolia Pictures

Things get really kinky in Nymphomaniac Vol. 2, the second chapter in director Lars von Trier’s epic-length saga about a woman who can’t get enough. If you saw Vol. 1, which ended with our perpetually horny heroine Joe (Charl... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dom Hemingway’

Dom Hemingway

Fox Searchlight

A temperamental, egotistical, British ex-con with a soft side for the daughter he left behind, Jude Law is magnetic as the title character in Dom Hemingway, an amusing tale of vengeance, debauchery and redemption told stylishly by writer-director Richard Shepard. Read more

Movie review: ‘Cuban Fury”

Cuban Fury

Entertainment One

In the ’80s, when he was a young lad, Bruce heard the siren’s call. More likely, it was Gloria Estefan’s call. The “rhythm is gonna getcha,” and it did. As a teen, he danced salsa with his sister Sam all over England. They won contests. He was a devil in Cuban h... Read more

Movie review: ‘A Haunted House 2’

A Haunted House 2

Open Road Films

Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap you will find the fright film spoof A Haunted House 2, a scattershot, anything-goes affair that’s unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid. Aggressively stupid. Read more

Movie review: ‘Transcendence’

Film Review Transcendence


That man would have the hubris to reach the level of a god is a notion that has long animated both myth and literature. To see such ambition brought low is a story that never gets old, and that premise is the best part of Transcendence, a belabored science-fiction fan... Read more

Movie review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’

1134662 - Heaven Is For Real

Sony Pictures

Heaven Is for Real is based on the account of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who after major surgery tells his father, a local minister, that he’s been to heaven. Although there are immediate doubts, people begin to accept the story when the youngster reveals inform... Read more

Movie review: ‘Joe,’ starring Nicolas Cage


Roadside Attractions/Ryan Green

Nicolas Cage must have been looking at Matthew McConaughey’s recent career and thought, “Hey, I want some of that!” Read more

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