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Movie review: ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water’

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Paramount Pictures

Spongebob Squarepants goes where Homer Simpson and others have gone before, an animated character who steps out of his colorful 2D world and into our 3D one, in The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water. But what his movie lacks in originality or freshness itcompensate... Read more

Movie review: ‘Leviathan’

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Sony Pictures Classics

Desperation runs through the frozen ground and swelling seas in Leviathan, director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s devastatingly beautiful and grand tale of man’s ever deepening helplessness against a corrupt state and an indifferent God. Read more

Movie review: Oscar-nominated shorts, animated

The animated shorts program is particularly succinct:The most fleeting offering, A Single Life, clocks in at just over two minutes. That’s barely the length of a pop song. Read more

Movie review: ‘Love, Rosie’

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Relativity Studios

A good screen romance frustrates us, throws up comical or tragic obstacles that keep the lovers apart, and then provides a lovely release when those obstacles are surmounted. But Love, Rosie overdoes that. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Duke of Burgundy’

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Sundance Selects

The Duke of Burgundy is a cunning slice of counterprogramming, arriving just in time to give fans of Fifty Shades of Grey a sly, provocative amuse bouche before the far more hyped main course. Read more

Down Under ‘Downton’ comes to U.S.

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Acorn TV

Downton Abbey, now in the middle of its fifth season in the U.S., hits that sumptuous sweet spot for those who relish seeing how the Edwardian one-percent coped with their luxuriant lives. Read more

Movie review: ‘Black Sea’

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Focus Features

Scottish director Kevin Macdonald seems to be attracted to stories of men under pressure. Read more

Movie review: ‘Mommy’

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Shayne Laverdiere

This French-Canadian drama about a dysfunctional mother-son relationship is a knockout. Read more

Oscar nominated shorts (live action)

The 2015 theatrical release of Oscar-nominated short films has some unusually strong offerings this year, at least in the live-action category. (Separate programs of animated and documentary shorts are also being screened, but are not reviewed here.) Read more

Movie review: ‘Wild Card’

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Lionsgate

We Jason Statham aficionados accept grace notes in his films where we find them. And there’s a gem tucked in the middle of Wild Card, his latest. Read more

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