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New on DVD: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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Marvel-Disney

DVD Captain America: The Winter Soldier : This Marvel movie/merchandising monolith has all the makings of another generic comic-book blockbuster. It’s a too-long sequel wit... Read more

Movie review: ‘Innocence’

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© 2014 Scion Pictures

Director/writer Hilary Brougher creates a suitably gray and bleak atmosphere in Innocence, a haunted-school story based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Jane Mendelsohn. But there’s not much of a payoff, as this tepid film telegraphs its mild punche... Read more

Movie review: ‘Life After Beth’

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Greg Smith

Zach loved Beth — past tense. But his girlfriend put in her earbuds, trekked off up into the hills and … something happened. Read more

Movie review: ‘No No: A Dockumentary’

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Sundance Institute

Dock Ellis was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and other teams during baseball’s turbulent and flamboyant 1970s. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Longest Week’

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Gravitas Ventures

The considerable charms of Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde get a considered workout in the lightly charming New York romance The Longest Week. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Identical’

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Freestyle Releasing

A musical mashup of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis biography and myth, The Identical plays like a failed faith-based Inside Llewyn Davis. And that’s the closest thing to a compliment it will get. Read more

Movie review: ‘Love Is Strange’

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Sundance Institute

The strangest thing about Love Is Strange, with its perfect pairing of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a long-committed couple finally able to legalize their relationship in a lovely New York City garden wedding, is how little it is about gay marriage. Read more

Movie review: ‘As Above, So Below’

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Universal Pictures

They’re going to have to start issuing licenses to all these filmmakers who insist on shooting their movies in the shaky-cam “found footage” format. Maybe have the Blair Witch guys and Oren “ Paranormal Activity”... Read more

Movie review: ‘To Be Takei’

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Amplify Releasing

In case you missed it, it’s George Takei’s America. We’re just living in it. And getting his autograph. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Trip to Italy’

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Sundance Institute

Less than 10 minutes have elapsed in The Trip to Italy before its loquacious protagonists are tearing apart the very idea of sequels. Read more

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