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Movie review: ‘If I Stay’

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Warner Bros.

Manipulative, contrived, melodramatic — all labels we slap on that most perfectly titled movie genre, “the weeper.” All fit If I Stay like original packaging. Teenage girls and the boys who want to date them need to discover the pleasures of a wel... Read more

Movie review: ‘When the Game Stands Tall’

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Sony Pictures

Outside of humans invaded by body snatchers and presidents whose nations are threatened by an asteroid, has there been a more stoic big screen performance than Jim Caviezel as Bob Ladouceur in When the Game Stands Tall? Read more

Movie review: ‘Land Ho!’

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Sony Pictures Classics

A road-trip movie about a couple of guys nearing the end of life’s road, Land Ho! is a sweetly simple tale that underscores what we already know but too often forget: Adventurism and finding your bliss are not just for the young. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Expendables 3’

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Lionsgate

There are three elements that could make a cartoon of an action film like The Expendables 3 work: some cool, kinetic action slam-o-rama; witty one-liners; and a really good bad guy. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Giver’

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The Weinstein Company

The Giver, director Phillip Noyce’s handsomely wrought take on Lois Lowry’s bestseller, may suffer for sins not of its own making. Read more

Movie review: ‘Dinosaur 13’

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Lionsgate

“Sue” was and is the most complete T. rex skeleton in existence, a paleontological find of such importance and with such far-ranging consequences that she changed science and American legal precedent, and not just the lives of those who stumbled across t... Read more

Movie review: ‘Let’s Be Cops’

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Twentieth Century Fox

The laughs are loud, lewd and low in Let’s Be Cops, a spoof of cop “buddy pictures” that is pretty much the definition of “an August ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles earn a Michael Bay-produced 3-D re-boot that spares no expense in special effects and spares no decibel in the volume that is the soundtrack to all their new mayhem. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

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DreamWorks II

It’s an emotional story with a sprinkle of family ties and romance to sweeten the results. Read more

Movie review: ‘About Alex’

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Screen Media

“This is like one of those ’80s movies,” a character says in About Alex, the feature debut from director/writer Jesse Zwick. And it’s one of the truer statements in this predictable indie-rock Big Chill where a ... Read more

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