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Movie review: ‘Pawn Sacrifice’


Bleecker Street Media

Our first glimpse of Bobby Fischer in Pawn Sacrifice is not the chess grandmaster’s proudest moment. Read more

Movie review: ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’


Twentieth Century Fox

There’s plenty of running in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, as the movie’s teen heroes, survivors of last year’s surprise hit The Maze Runner, hurtle from one spectacular crisis to another and another and… If y... Read more

Movie review: ‘Black Mass’


Warner Bros.

There are few films, outside of the horror genre, where a character’s exterior so aptly mirrors the evil brutality within like Johnny Depp’s James “Whitey” Bulger in the gripping and brutal crime saga Black Mass.... Read more

Movie review: ‘Cooties’


Tony Rivetti

The horror-comedy Cooties — a genially low-budget tale of teachers fighting off a pack of elementary-school-age zombies — milks its midnight-movie aesthetic for all it is worth, mixing obviously fake gore and over-the-top violence with macabre, pop-cultu... Read more

Movie review: ‘Everest’



Everest is not an easy movie to watch. No entertainment that contains such tragedy should be. Read more

Movie review: ‘90 Minutes in Heaven’



Not all stories are created equal. Amazing true stories can be remarkable for their sheer wonder and seemingly unbelievable qualities — but those details might not translate into an amazing movie. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Second Mother’



The Second Mother is a satisfying contradiction. It’s a soap opera with a social conscience that casually mixes dramatic elements about serious class issues with a crowd-pleasing audience picture sensibility. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Look of Silence’


Drafthouse Films/Participant Media

More than a companion piece — it’s more contemplative and focused than the film preceding it — Joshua Oppenheimer’s quietly devastating documentary The Look of Silence wouldn’t have been possible without the 2012 project that brought... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Visit’

Film Review The Visit


Remember what the world was like when anyone last cared about an M. Night Shyamalan movie? George W. Bush was in the White House and you couldn’t even tweet about how cool you thought Signs was because Twitter didn’t exist yet. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Beauty Inside’


Well Go USA

The South Korean romantic drama The Beauty Inside has both an intriguing back story and a fantastical plot. Based on a series of American shorts from 2012, in which a man goes to sleep and wakes up every day in a new body, it’s an often charming, magical-realis... Read more

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