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Allen’s bittersweet ‘Café Society’ is an amusing, tasty morsel


Gravier Productions

In his 1977 film Annie Hall, Woody Allen most famously declared about Los Angeles that “I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.” Read more

‘Lights Out’ will make you scared of the dark


Warner Bros.

David F. Sandberg’s excellent horror flick Lights Out is a film about common fears and universal phobias, about things that go bump in the night, and exist only in the dark. Read more

‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ should be buried in the Arctic


Blue Sky Studios

Fourteen years after the first “Ice Age” animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course, rolls into theaters. Read more

‘Therapy for a Vampire’ has little bite


Music Box Films

So now we’re actually importing vampire movies? Is there a shortage? The United States is the Newcastle of vampire pictures, so to bring in any old lump of coal doesn’t really make sense. Read more

‘Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words’ lets musician show off his brilliance



Although Frank Zappa is an integral part of the musical and cultural history of the 1960s and ’70s, he might have been born too soon. Read more

‘The Innocents’ offers wrenching look at post-WWII Poland


Music Box Fims

A gripping psychological drama based on events more than half a century old, The Innocents has inescapable contemporary echoes. Laced with intensely emotional situations, it refuses to force the issue by pushing too hard. And it proves, yet again, that though moral an... Read more

Affecting, life-affirming ‘Captain Fantastic’ lives up to its title


Cathy Kanavy

The sweetly impossible dream that is Captain Fantastic imagines just how it might look to step away from the quotidian banality of everyday life of America in 2016. Read more

The new ‘Ghostbusters’ can’t scare up laughs


Columbia Pictures

The Ghostbusters franchise, from the 1984 original to this week’s much-ballyhooed reboot, has so many Saturday Night Live connections perhaps it’s best to put any discussion of it in terms an SNL fan ... Read more

Western ‘Outlaws and Angels’ is a violent but slow, dull ride


Momentum Pictures

Director/writer JT Mollner must have watched a lot of Sam Peckinpah and Quentin Tarantino over the years, judging from his feature-film debut, the western Outlaws and Angels. He shows off a more than passing knowledge of their love of violence and viscera — and... Read more

Bryan Cranston shines in ‘The Infiltrator’


Liam Daniel

Breaking Bad was the turning point of Bryan Cranston’s career, the moment when he went from goofy Malcolm in the Middle sitcom dad to masculine antihero emblematic of the Golden Age of TV. Read more

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