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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

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: ‘Rage’

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Image Entertainment

Nicolas Cage as an actor is still a formidable screen presence, capable of an amazing moment, even in a mediocre movie. 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

Movie review: ‘Witching and Bitching’

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IFC Midnight

Imagine a Pedro Almodovar horror comedy. Read more

Movie review: ‘Coherence’

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Oscilloscope Laboratories

If Neil deGrasse Tyson made an indie sci-fi movie, it might be Coherence. Read more

Movie review: ‘Venus in Fur’

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Sundance Selects

Vanda stumbles into the theater from off the street, drenched from a French cloudburst. She curses, stumbles about, pleads. Can’t she get an audition? Read more

Television review: ‘Welcome to Sweden’

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NBC

Welcome to Sweden, the low-key, charming and subtly hilarious 10-episode sitcom executive produced by Amy Poehler, lives up to its title in more ways than one. Based on the real-life adventures of Poehler’s brother, Greg, who moved to Sweden to be with his girl... Read more

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