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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

Movie review: ‘Predestination’

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Sony Picgtures

Predestination is a clever, quotable twist on that age-old sci-fi trope, “time travel.” This Spierig Brothers adaptation of a Robert A. Heinlein story touches on love, death and morality as it ventures back and forth with a time traveling Ethan Hawke. Read more

Movie review: ‘Selma’

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Paramount

There are moments in Selma, director Ava DuVernay’s powerful staging of the months leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed 1965 march for voting rights in Alabama, that feel as if they could have been pulled from today’s TV news. Only the hemlines ... Read more

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