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TV review: ‘The Lottery'

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Photo Philippe Bosse

Take a spin around the TV dial and you’ll find myriad ways in which life as we know it may come to an unceremonious end. Read more

Review: Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ shifts gears successfully

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Disney

At the beginning of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, we’re reminded of how world-famous air racer Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) became so world-famous. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’

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Universal Pictures

Hidden well beneath the bloodshed, loud gun play, needless plot additions and over-the-top implausibility, there is a powerful message in The Purge: Anarchy. The problem is that any commentary is lost in a clumsy script, characters that generate little empathy and wha... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’

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Sundance Institute

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is an unemotional title for a moving documentary that will leave you heartsick as well as more than a little angry. Whether Aaron Swartz is a personal hero or someone you’ve never heard of until now, his ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Boyhood’

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IFC Films

The one thing many first remark about Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, the Austin director’s joyous and life-affirming love letter to adolescence and family, is how he filmed it over the course of 12 years with the same cast. That is no easy feat, but what&#... Read more

Movies: ‘Wish I Was Here’

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Focus Features

Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here is a sweet and jokey feature film that is so at home in the punchline rhythms of TV sitcoms that you may think to yourself, “When’s his best friend/former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison showi... Read more

Movie review: ‘Persecuted’

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Millennium Entertainment

The unholy bond between religion and politics is the background for Persecuted, a confused and confusing thriller about a TV preacher ruined by a sinister government plot. Read more

Movie review: ‘Code Black’

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Long Shot Factory

Anyone who has spent time in an emergency room, regardless of the hospital, knows it can be an exercise in frustration, confusion and Kafka-like bureaucracy, along with the physical and emotional strain of whatever put you there in the first place. Read more

Movie review: ‘Whitey’

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Public domain

We only hear his voice, running underneath mugshot photos and the occasional bit of silent black-and-white surveillance footage. Convicted crime boss and murderer Whitey Bulger comes off as articulate and calm, with that polished voice having a “Who, me?” quality of martyred incredu... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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20th Century

The original “Planet of the Apes” franchise was evolution in reverse. The kickoff film with Charlton Heston was smart, cool, just a bit campy, and sported that shock ending that — spoiler alert — showed that just because man had less hair than his simian overlords didn... Read more

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