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Movie review: ‘23 Blast’

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Ocean Avenue Entertainment

23 Blast tells a fact-based story about a star high school football player in Kentucky who gets a killer infection and ends up, in a matter of hours, completely and irreversibly blind. It’s about a kid without a care in the world, whose entire sense of himself ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Listen Up Philip’

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Tribeca Film

Listen Up Philip is a frustrating and shallow film, which is ultimately fitting since the title character so personifies these qualities to the point you want to punch him in the face — or strangle yourself for watching this unlikeable doofus for 108 minutes. Read more

Movie review: ‘Whiplash’

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Sony Pictures Classics

Actor J.K. Simmons is unforgettable in this drama about a dictatorial school band leader and his headstrong student. Read more

Movie review: ‘Exists’

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Lionsgate

It comes as no surprise that some of the folks who made The Blair Witch Project, the definitive “found footage” horror film, do a solid job with Exists, a found-footage Bigfoot thriller. Read more

Movie review: ‘John Wick’

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Lionsgate

Ever since The Matrix, Keanu Reeves has tried to reinvent himself as a full-tilt, face-smashing, spine-stomping action star who can kick backside as much any rival from Asia. He comes closest to his goal in John Wick, a martial-arts and au... Read more

Movie review: ‘Birdman’

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Fox Searchlight

At the beginning of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton’s brooding, jittery Riggan Thomson, a Hollywood star faded from view, is in the lotus position, in his underpants, meditating. In his own mind at least (and isn’t that wh... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Blue Room’

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Sundance Selects

Like a corpse about to be autopsied, the mystery that is laid bare by The Blue Room hardly requires even the economical 76 minutes that director Mathieu Amalric expends on it. Two naked philanderers, played by Amalric and his real-life partner, Stéphanie Clé... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Best of Me’

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Best of Me Productions

For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe that romance novelist Nicholas Sparks sends their way in his latest. Read more

Movie review: ‘St. Vincent’

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The Weinstein Co.

If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and St. Vincent is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we’d focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures. Read more

Movie review: ‘Art and Craft’

Is Mark Landis the only art forger who puts his paintings into Wal-Mart frames? That may be the least of his eccentricities, as we learn in Art and Craft, a droll documentary that may remind you of Errol Morris’ work. Read more

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