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Movie review: ‘Earth to Echo’


Relativity Media

Earth to Echo is an engagingly unassuming E.T. knockoff, a kids movie that serves up a similar alien-with-kids story in a Blair Witch/Paranormal shaky-cam package. Read more

Movie review: ‘Third Person’


The Paul Haggis drama Third Person, like his Oscar-winning Crash, is a series of interlocking stories. Each is fascinating, or at least interesting its own right. Each is cast with more than capable actors. Read more

Movie review: ‘Snowpiercer’


The Weinstein Co.

In different hands, Snowpiercer might have been just another generic action movie. Yet with South Korean director Bong Joon-ho at the helm, it’s instead something more off-kilter and more disturbingly satisfying. Read more

Movie review: ‘Tammy’


Warner Bros.

Like the road trip upon which the titular character embarks, Tammy isn’t quite sure of its ultimate destination. Read more

Movie review: ‘We Are the Best!’


Magnolia Pictures

Bobo and Klara, two 13-year-old Swedish girls, are having a debate by telephone. And the moment Klara (Mira Grosin) holds her phone through the cracked door, capturing a loud, pointless shouting match her free-spirited mother and father are having, We Are the Best! se... Read more

Movie review: ‘La Bare’


Main Street Films

Director Joe Manganiello takes viewers behind the bump-’n’-grind in La Bare, a fascinating new documentary about the legendary Dallas strip club. Read more

Movie review: ‘Hellion’


IFC Films

It has been a banner year for Texas-set indie films. From Nicolas Cage’s comeback in Joe and Michael C. Hall’s turn as a man pushed to his limits in the thriller ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Borgman’


Drafthouse Films

Movies and movie makers generally play by a set of rules. A story unfolds and a mystery unravels, and at some point, it all starts to make sense. We count on it. Read more

Review: “Ivory Tower”


Is college, specifically the elite four-year residential model, overrated? Is it worth its ever-increasing cost? Has it been oversold as the key to a child’s brighter future? The stimulating documentary Ivory Tower asks all these tough questions and, most provo... Read more

Movie review: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’


Paramount Pictures

There’s only one thing anyone really needs to know about Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay’s fourth exercise in robot-on-robot violence and aggressive product placement: at nearly three hours, it’s the longest “Transformersȁ... Read more

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