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‘Monster Trucks’ stalls in a childish gear

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Paramount Pictures

Monster Trucks starts out with a relatively adult, science-fiction premise: that our current obsession with fracking could threaten underground, intelligent creatures unknown to us. Read more

‘20th Century Women’ a good film for the 21st

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A24

Set in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1979, the easygoing, wonderfully acted 20th Century Women is a movie about a boy and the estrogen in his life. The boy comes from writer-director Mike Mills’ memories of growing up in a benevolent, amorphous, vexing, highly stim... Read more

Wahlberg to the rescue (again) in ‘Patriots Day’

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Lionsgate

Patriots Day, Peter Berg’s film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, lands with all the subtlety of one of the deadly explosions that claimed three lives and injured 264 others. Read more

‘Live By Night’ never comes alive

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Warner Bros.

With Live By Night there’s the sinking feeling that Ben Affleck should perhaps reconsider his tendency to star in the films he directs. Read more

When ‘A Monster Calls,’ don’t be afraid to answer

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Quim Vives

From its elegant title to its unexpectedly edgy tone, A Monster Calls makes its own way. There is magic, real magic here, and if it doesn’t manifest itself in every frame, it’s just going to have to be that way. Read more

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is quietly powerful

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Paramount Pictures

Martin Scorsese’s Silence is not an easy film to watch. Read more

‘Railroad Tigers’ veers off the tracks

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WellGo USA

Mainstream American moviegoers haven’t seen much of Jackie Chan in recent years but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been working. Read more

‘Lion’ roars with emotion

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Mark Rogers

After the kind of year the world had in 2016, it needs a movie like Lion. Read more

Denzel Washington builds sturdy 'Fences'

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Paramount

If you close your eyes while watching Fences, you can listen as the extraordinary language of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, some of the most thrilling speeches ever heard on an American stage, washes over you and lifts you up. Read more

Best family movies of 2016

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Disney-Lucasfilm

Families had a lot to choose from in 2016. It’s the year audiences were introduced to a new kind of princess, a blue tang fish found her inner voice and Captain America got deep. Read more

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