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History eclipses fictional love triangle in ‘The Promise’

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Open Road Films

Horrible human tragedies — unthinkable calamities involving millions of people — dwarf everything else. If you have a movie about the Holocaust, or Stalin’s starvation of the kulaks, or, as in the case of “The Promise,” the Armenian genocide, the historical even... Read more

It’s all too easy to move past ‘Unforgettable’

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Warner Bros.

Would anyone who works for an online business really not have a Facebook account? The toxic relationship thriller “Unforgettable” hopes viewers won’t remember its pesky plot holes, but despite a mostly uninspired cast this predictable film eventually builds a campy momentum. Read more

Breathtakingly beautiful ‘Born in China’ falls short

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Disney

“Born in China” is the latest installment in the “Disneynature” documentary series. It’s “Planet Earth” aimed at younger audiences, but any nature lover can find enjoyment here, especially in the stunning cinematography. While other installments ha... Read more

French film ‘Frantz’ is fantastic

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Music Box Films

French filmmaker François Ozon’s “Frantz,” a carefully calibrated meditation on loss and reconciliation, is built around a pivotal lie. The fact that the new drama is a remake, of sorts, of Ernst Lubitsch’s “Broken Lullaby” will tell anyone familiar ... Read more

‘Tommy’s Honour’ is a nice shot but no hole-in-one

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Roadside Attractions

he sports biopic “Tommy’s Honour” tells the story of 19th-century Scottish golfer Tom Morris Jr. — Tommy, or Young Tom, as he was known, to distinguish him from his father, Old Tom Morris. It’s a mildly stirring and quietly tragic tale, capably told by director ... Read more

‘The Fate of the Furious’ sputters across the finish line

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Universal

Discounting any movie with cars that turn into robots, they don’t come much bigger and louder and dumber than the “Fast and Furious” movies. Read more

‘Their Finest’ truly is fine work

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Nicola Dove

“Their Finest” is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. Read more

‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ a sweet, simple tale

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Sony Pictures

In the first few minutes of the animated film “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” I couldn’t help but wonder if this was going to be a terribly long version of the 1980s TV cartoon series. Read more

‘Queen of the Desert’ is a tepid history lesson with Nicole Kidman

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IFC

There’s an outstanding movie to be made about Gertrude Bell, the intensely independent British noblewoman who, in the first decades of the 20th century, traveled throughout the Arab world and contributed to the formation of the modern Middle East. Read more

Powerful ‘The Ticket’ offers life lessons

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Zack Galler

Be very careful what you wish for and be thankful for what you have. Read more

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