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Movie review: ‘If I Stay’

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Warner Bros.

Manipulative, contrived, melodramatic — all labels we slap on that most perfectly titled movie genre, “the weeper.” All fit If I Stay like original packaging. Teenage girls and the boys who want to date them need to discover the pleasures of a wel... Read more

Movie review: ‘When the Game Stands Tall’

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Sony Pictures

Outside of humans invaded by body snatchers and presidents whose nations are threatened by an asteroid, has there been a more stoic big screen performance than Jim Caviezel as Bob Ladouceur in When the Game Stands Tall? Read more

Movie review: ‘The Possession of Michael King’

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Anchor Bay Films

As “found footage” horror movies go, The Possession of Michael King is more unpleasant than scary. Read more

Movie review: ‘Are You Here’

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Millennium Entertainment

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner takes his act to the big screen with Are You Here, which turns out to be the most quotable Owen Wilson comedy since Zoolander. Read more

Movie review: ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

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The Weinstein Company

Yves Saint Laurent, the great French fashion designer, was by any definition an early bloomer. He was hired as an assistant at the legendary House of Dior while still in his teens, and at 21 became the head designer after Christian Dior died of a heart attack in 1957. Read more

Movie review: ‘The One I Love’

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Radius-The Weinstein Company

The One I Love is a clever, lightweight amuse-bouche of a movie built around a conceit that can’t be talked about in any detail without unraveling the whole thing. Let’s just say it might have been something worthy of a Read more

Movie review: ‘The Expendables 3’

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Lionsgate

There are three elements that could make a cartoon of an action film like The Expendables 3 work: some cool, kinetic action slam-o-rama; witty one-liners; and a really good bad guy. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Giver’

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The Weinstein Company

The Giver, director Phillip Noyce’s handsomely wrought take on Lois Lowry’s bestseller, may suffer for sins not of its own making. Read more

Movie review: ‘Land Ho!’

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Sony Pictures Classics

A road-trip movie about a couple of guys nearing the end of life’s road, Land Ho! is a sweetly simple tale that underscores what we already know but too often forget: Adventurism and finding your bliss are not just for the young. Read more

Movie review: ‘Let’s Be Cops’

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Twentieth Century Fox

The laughs are loud, lewd and low in Let’s Be Cops, a spoof of cop “buddy pictures” that is pretty much the definition of “an August ... Read more

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