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Movie review: ‘Heaven Is for Real’

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Sony Pictures

Heaven Is for Real is based on the account of a 4-year-old Nebraska boy who after major surgery tells his father, a local minister, that he’s been to heaven. Although there are immediate doubts, people begin to accept the story when the youngster reveals inform... Read more

Movie review: ‘Joe,’ starring Nicolas Cage


Roadside Attractions/Ryan Green

Nicolas Cage must have been looking at Matthew McConaughey’s recent career and thought, “Hey, I want some of that!” Read more

Movie review: ‘Rio 2”

With Rio 2, the creators of Rio give us more of everything that their first film had in just the right doses. But if this sequel proves anything, it’s that more is not always better. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Raid 2’


Sony Pictures Classics

Let’s get right to the heart of the matter: The Raid 2, the sequel to the 2011 international cult hit The Raid, is the most violent non-horror movie to hit theaters in a long time. Read more

Movie review: ‘ Oculus’

The women do the heavy lifting in Oculus, this April’s Insidious, a complex and chilling big-screen ghost story with serious movie-date potential. Read more

Movie review: ‘Draft Day’


Dale Robinette

Draft Day is a thriller built around the NFL draft, a movie that counts down to the fateful decision that one embattled general manager (Kevin Costner) makes with his team’s first-round pick. Read more

Movie review: ‘Vivian Maier’

Forget the tree that fell in the forest with no one around to hear it. What if someone took more than 100,000 photographs over decades of shooting and absolutely no one was around to see them? And what if they turned out to be really, really good? Read more

Movie review: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune is one of the most influential films that doesn’t exist. That’s the assertion of a highly entertaining documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, about how the wild-man director of Read more

Television review: ‘Silicon Valley’


Isabella Vosmikova

In the new HBO deadpan comedy series Silicon Valley, creator Mike Judge attempts to do for Internet start-up culture what he has already done for North Texas suburbia ( King of the Hill), teenage stoners ( Beavis and Bu... Read more

Movie review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the latest Marvel movie/merchandising monolith, has all the makings of another generic comic-book blockbuster. It’s a too-long sequel with a few snappy one-liners, a third act that concludes with a predictable cacophony of e... Read more

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