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New on DVD: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Film Review Captain America The Winter Soldier


DVD Captain America: The Winter Soldier : This Marvel movie/merchandising monolith has all the makings of another generic comic-book blockbuster. It’s a too-long sequel wit... Read more

Movie review: ‘Innocence’


© 2014 Scion Pictures

Director/writer Hilary Brougher creates a suitably gray and bleak atmosphere in Innocence, a haunted-school story based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Jane Mendelsohn. But there’s not much of a payoff, as this tepid film telegraphs its mild punche... Read more

Movie review: ‘Life After Beth’


Greg Smith

Zach loved Beth — past tense. But his girlfriend put in her earbuds, trekked off up into the hills and … something happened. Read more

Movie review: ‘No No: A Dockumentary’


Sundance Institute

Dock Ellis was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and other teams during baseball’s turbulent and flamboyant 1970s. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Longest Week’


Gravitas Ventures

The considerable charms of Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde get a considered workout in the lightly charming New York romance The Longest Week. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Identical’


Freestyle Releasing

A musical mashup of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis biography and myth, The Identical plays like a failed faith-based Inside Llewyn Davis. And that’s the closest thing to a compliment it will get. Read more

Movie review: ‘Love Is Strange’


Sundance Institute

The strangest thing about Love Is Strange, with its perfect pairing of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a long-committed couple finally able to legalize their relationship in a lovely New York City garden wedding, is how little it is about gay marriage. Read more

Movie review: ‘As Above, So Below’


Universal Pictures

They’re going to have to start issuing licenses to all these filmmakers who insist on shooting their movies in the shaky-cam “found footage” format. Maybe have the Blair Witch guys and Oren “ Paranormal Activity”... Read more

Movie review: ‘To Be Takei’


Amplify Releasing

In case you missed it, it’s George Takei’s America. We’re just living in it. And getting his autograph. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Trip to Italy’


Sundance Institute

Less than 10 minutes have elapsed in The Trip to Italy before its loquacious protagonists are tearing apart the very idea of sequels. Read more

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