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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

Movie review: ‘Ip Man 3’ with Mike Tyson


Well Go USA

Any movie that features Hong Kong martial arts/action star Donnie Yen going up against Mike Tyson with fight choreography designed by Yuen Woo-Ping ( The Matrix, Kill Bill) at least has a sense of humor about itself. But Ip Man 3 — t... Read more

Movie review: ‘Mojave’


Tom (Garrett Hedlund) is having a sincerely terrible week. The wunderkind Hollywood filmmaker dashed off to the desert in a self-destructive huff, encountered a weird drifter type named Jack (Oscar Isaac) and accidentally shot a park ranger. Not to mention, he has his producer (Mark Wahlberg) and... Read more

Movie review: ‘Heart of a Dog’



In the stringent, limited genres of the film world, file Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog under documentary, but that seems to miss the point. If it were in a bookstore, you might find it in the poetry section. Or try philosophy, photography or essay. For it is a... Read more

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