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‘The Magnificent Seven’ isn’t perfect, but it is entertaining

The Magnificent Seven

Scott Garfield

There are many reasons to want to send The Magnificent Seven, a reboot of the classic 1960 Western, to the hoosegow. Read more

Toronto film fest report: It’s OK to cry

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A24

This time of year, anyone with a studio email address or an undergrad film-studies class under his or her belt will tell you about the movie that will rock your world, Boyhood-style Read more

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep' take top Emmy honors

2016 Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room

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Game of Thrones conquered the Emmy kingdom Sunday, honored as top drama for the second consecutive year and becoming the most honored prime-time TV series ever on a night of surprises and sharp political jabs. Read more

New ‘Blair Witch’ can’t match the old

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Lionsgate

The Blair Witch Project was a quality film, but it also had the benefit of timing. Read more

Jerry Lewis tries to bloom again in ‘Max Rose’

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Paladin

Max Rose is a cinematic misfire, mostly notable for a lead performance by none other than Jerry Lewis, who acted in his first film in 1949. A morose drama about the trials of old age, grudges, anger and stabs at reconciliation, the movie will make no one’s list... Read more

Thomas Haden Church lands a fine showcase in ‘Cardboard Boxer’

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Well Go USA

Richard Gere portrayed an emotionally wounded homeless man struggling to find peace within himself in the low-budget 2014 film Time Out of Mind and now Thomas Haden Church does much the same in the sweet and heartfelt, if ultimately less powerful, Read more

‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ is a charming return to form

Renee Zellweger is charming as ever in Bridget Jones’s Baby, a lively return to form for the unlikely trilogy about an ordinary woman and her professional and romantic woes. It turns out a little break is just what this series needed to find its footing after t... Read more

‘Miss Sharon Jones!,’ the singer and the movie, sure do sparkle

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Starz Digital

When soul singer Sharon Jones takes the stage, she is always introduced by her backing band, the Dap-Kings. As the musicians play a fast and funky tune, guitarist and emcee Binky Griptite hypes the performer who is about to enter, working up the crowd’s expectations before announcing her a... Read more

Oliver Stone finds in ‘Snowden’ a real government conspiracy

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AP/Open Road Films

Oliver Stone had no desire to make a movie about Edward Snowden. That might seem surprising for a man who has tackled everything from the Vietnam War to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in his 40-some years as a filmmaker. Wasn’t Stone tailor-made for the story of the NSA whistleblower? Read more

‘Snowden’ falls short but raises urgent issues

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Snowden, Oliver Stone’s biopic about the world’s most famous National Security Agency whistleblower, certainly deals with an urgent and important issue: state surveillance, and how far is too far for the government to go. Read more

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