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Movie review: ‘Spare Parts’

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Pantelion Films

Spare Parts is a pleasant enough run-of-the-mill outsiders-beat-the-odds dramedy in the Race the Sun mold. Read more

Movie review: ‘Little Accidents’

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Amplify Releasing

The grief must have drained out of the families that lost loved ones at Bonford Coal Company’s mine disaster. Or else the locals, God-fearing Southerners along the West Virginia/Kentucky coal belt, have grown numb to this sort of loss. They’ve lived through “little accidents&... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Wedding Ringer’

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Sony

The Wedding Ringer is Wedding Crashers Redux, a “Hangover Lite” that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart’s persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps Ringer... Read more

Movie review: ‘Winter Sleep’

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Adopt Films

In one of a hundred perfect little moments in Winter Sleep, a wealthy landowner, smiling, chuckling, consents to having his hand kissed by a young boy who threw a rock at the man’s Land Rover. Read more

Movie review: ‘Vice’

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Lionsgate

Bruce Willis has aged into a fit, bald menace, a character actor best-suited to chewy supporting parts in ensemble action pictures. “Has been?” Maybe. He should be looking at cable TV scripts. Read more

Movie review: ‘Elsa & Fred’

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Michele K. Short

Sometimes the freshest face on the big screen is 80 and counting. Certainly that’s true of Elsa & Fred’s brightest star, Shirley MacLaine. Read more

Movie review: ‘Blackhat’

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Universal Pictures

January has a reputation as the tar pit of movie months, where bad films go to sink and die, leaving barely a ripple. Read more

‘Togetherness’ could be a good thing

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HBO

Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass could have called their new half-hour HBO show Too Close for Comfort, if that title hadn’t been used by another comedy from yesteryear. Read more

Movie review: ‘Inherent Vice’

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Warner Bros.

Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s trippy, trenchant satire, is very much a creature of Thomas Pynchon’s biting deconstruction of the final daze of peace, love and understanding that gives the film its inspiration and its name. Read more

Movie review: ‘The World Made Straight’

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Millennium Entertainment

The World Made Straight, the feature debut from director David Burris, is made with such a sense of sincerity and care that it’s a shame that it’s not nearly as involving as its set-up indicates. Read more

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