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Movie review: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

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Universal Pictures

For a good, straight-ahead noirish crime thriller, you could do a lot worse than A Walk Among the Tombstones. Liam Neeson gives a nice, melancholy turn to his role as Matthew Scudder, the private eye at the center of a long-running series of novels by Lawrence Block. Read more

Movie review: ‘Autumn Blood’

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108 Media

The title, poster, premise, and the fact that it’s been sitting on the shelf for three years make Autumn Blood seem like a direct-to-DVD, low-rent Tarantino rip-off. The reality though is that the handsomely shot feature-film debut from German director Markus Blu... Read more

Movie review: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

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Warner Bros.

There’s one thing nobody can take away from This Is Where I Leave You: its stellar cast. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Skeleton Twins’

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Sundance Institute

One song kept playing through my mind as I watched The Skeleton Twins, an introspective indie drama starring the very exciting post- Saturday Night Live Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as siblings damaged by their father’s death. Read more

Movie review: ‘Tusk’

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A24 Films

Take The Human Centipede — the gross-out midnight movie about the mad doctor who stitches humans together — and sprinkle liberally with the old Bob and Doug McKenzie sketches from SCTV and the result is ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Notebook’

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Sony Pictures Classics

Be warned: There is barely a glimmer of hope or affirmation in The Notebook, an unnerving Hungarian drama about the dreadful experiences of a pair of twins at the end of World War II. It’s a nightmare fairy tale that can be very difficult to watch. Read more

Movie review: ‘My Old Lady’

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Cohen Media Group

Kevin Kline is a failed American writer, broke and in Paris to collect his inheritance -- an ancient two-story apartment with an accompanying garden in the center city Marais district. Maggie Smith is the 90something Englishwoman living in it. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’

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The Weinstein Company

Serenely melancholy but unfailingly melodramatic, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a tone poem to love and loss that goes on too long and is more intent on creating a sad mood than with breaking your heart or bringing you to tears. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Zero Theorem’

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Hugo Stenson

The Zero Theorem is director Terry Gilliam’s latest dazzling dose of sci-fi eye candy, and the third film in what some are calling his “Brazil” trilogy. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Guest’

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ArtEffects Entertainment

The Guest is, loudly and proudly, a B-movie, the kind of film that begs to be seen with a large, involved audience that’s not afraid to talk back to the screen. Read more

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