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Movie review: ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’


Sundance Selects

It is best to just let yourself get lost in the clouds of Clouds of Sils Maria for a little while. Beautiful as they build then snake through the Engadin valley in the Swiss Alps, they become maddening as they cloak the emotions and ambitions of a middle-aged actress ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Water Diviner’


Warner Bros.

Australian director Peter Weir’s moving 1981 film Gallipoli, which recreated the Australian and New Zealand soldiers’ doomed attempt to take the Turkish peninsula during World War I, shrouded the Turks in anonymity. They were bullets and bombs in the fog... Read more

Movie review: ‘Little Boy’


Open Road Films

Racism and religion, hatred and friendship, bullying and war, atomic bombs and the consequences of using them — heavy stuff to pack into a faith-based film. And one aimed at children. Read more

Movie review: ‘See You in Valhalla’


Arc Entertainment

The dysfunctional family comedy centered on a funeral is a cinematic warhorse, dragged into the service of cheap laughs in such films as This is Where I Leave You and Death at a Funeral (the latter of which exists in both a British and an ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Age of Adaline’



Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so The Age of Adaline falls neatly into a genre that includes The Time Traveler’s Wife, Ab... Read more

Movie review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’



Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Squeeze’

The Squeeze is an old-fashioned tale of gamblers, golfers, the good girl next door and the temptations of the easy life. Read more

Movie review: ‘Child 44’


The best-selling novel Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith runs well over 400 pages, and that’s perhaps the first hint as to why the movie based on it seems to veer in 40 different directions. Read more

Movie review: ‘True Story’


Fox Searchlight

The true story behind True Story is so outlandishly incredible that it seems the work of a fevered screenwriter in the throes of a chemical high: a disgraced New York Times journalist finds out an accused murderer has been parading around ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Unfriended’



Unfriended is clever, energetic and original — and dull, flat and derivative. Read more

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