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Movie review: ‘Meet the Mormons’

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Purdie Distribution

Meet the Mormons is a slick, upbeat Church of Latter Day Saints-backed documentary that aims to answer the image of the church and its members “shaped by the media and popular culture.” Read more

Movie review: ‘Pump’

You might say husband-and-wife documentarians Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell have found their niche, or at least an obsession. The pair has made three small movies about the hazards of America’s oil addiction, and before that Joshua made two others: Fields... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead’

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Well Go USA

Five years ago, a little Scandinavian zombie movie made waves among horror fans: Dead Snow, in which defrosted yet still undead German soldiers from World War II terrorize a group on a ski vacation in contemporary Norway. It essentially ripped pages from Read more

Movie review: ‘Automata’

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Millennium Entertainment

Automata is yet another Blade Runner knockoff, a sci-fi dystopia about robots getting too smart for humanity’s own good on an already sun-cooked Earth. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Judge’

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Warner Bros./Village Roadshow

The Judge, a drama about family dysfunction and coming together under hard circumstances, pulls at the heartstrings so hard and so long that it feels more like a tug-of-war. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Liberator’

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Cohen Media Group

Simon Bolivar had traits from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Napoleon, all in one titanic personality. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Last of Robin Hood, an account of fading matinee idol Errol Flynn’s final affair with an underage actress, features a strong cast: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning. And all three actors turn in decent performances. Read more

Movie review: ‘Gone Girl’

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Twentieth Century Fox

The predominant image throughout David Fincher’s work, from the uncovered horrors of Se7en to the Machiavellian maneuverings of House of Cards, has been a flashlight beam cutting through the dark. Read more

Movie review: ‘Annabelle’

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Warner Bros.

A child’s crayon rolls across a floor. Curtains fly back from a window you thought was closed. A TV-distracted seamstress looks at her late model sewing machine less and less as the camera zooms closer and closer to that naked needle whirring at her fingertips. Read more

Movie review: ‘20,000 Days on Earth’

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Sundance Institute

Midway into the memoir-ish pseudo-documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, the Nick Cave novice may wonder what all the fuss is about. Read more

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