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Movie review: ‘Criminal Activities’


Image Entertainment

There’s more than a little early Quentin Tarantino in Criminal Activities, the directorial debut from well-known San Antonio character actor Jackie Earle Haley. From the smart, dark humor about a group of guys looking for an easy score to the spasms of blood-sp... Read more

‘The Hunger Games’ goes out with a bang


Murray Close

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the fourth and final installment in the big-screen treatment of novelist Suzanne Collins’ hugely popular young-adult series, makes good on the promise of the last film, which was all build-up and no release. Read more

Movie review: ‘Trumbo’


Bleecker Street Media

Sitting in a bathtub with a pen in one hand and glass of whiskey in the other, a long cigarette holder dangling beneath his wiry moustache, Dalton Trumbo wrote countless Hollywood screenplays. From B-movies to Oscar winners, he remained prolific throughout his career, even during the 13 years he ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’


Firelight Films

Focusing on seven key years of recent American history, Stanley Nelson’s urgent, cogent documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution arrives on PBS stations early next year. I suggest not waiting. Read more

Movie review: ‘Spotlight’ starring Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton


Kerry Hayes

There’s no gunplay. No meet-cute. No car chases. No explosions. And the closest it comes to an action scene is when a character rushes to a courthouse before closing. Hardly the stuff of Mission: Impossible. Read more

Movie review: ‘The 33’


Alcon Entertainment

The 33, about a real-life Chilean mining disaster that ensnared 33 miners, contains its fair share of scary and inspirational moments, but it often gets trapped under the superficiality of its script. Think The Perfect Storm, except that m... Read more

Movie review: ‘Love the Coopers,’ starring John Goodman and Ed Helms


CBS Films

Not every holiday-themed movie is a Christmas miracle. Many seem like gift paychecks to a cast doing their career’s smallest work in Santa caps. And then there are inane lumps of coal like Love the Coopers. Read more

Movie review: ‘Kilo Two Bravo’


GI Films

While the current war in Afghanistan is the setting for the harrowing British drama Kilo Two Bravo, it’s the shadow of a previous conflict in the region that looms over the lives of its soldiers. Read more

Review: 'My All American,' the Freddie Steinmark story


Van Redin

Another weekend, another Texas football movie. Read more

Movie review: ‘Heist’ starring Robert De Niro

If you photocopy a photocopy of an original work, the image becomes blurry and indistinct. It’s still legible, but not near the quality as the original. Read more

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