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Musical stumbles down ‘London Road’


BBC Worldwide

A woman carrying grocery bags navigates a difficult obstacle course to reach her home. The obstacle? Rows upon rows of police tape. Read more

‘Queen of Katwe’ a story of chess, dreams and Uganda



The colors and rhythms of life in the slums of Uganda are what set Queen of Katwe apart from other underdog chess movies. Read more

Chinese ‘Soulmate’ is worth finding


Cheng Cheng Films

Soulmate is a gorgeously shot, tear-stained love letter to female friendship that also provides a fascinating look into contemporary, urban China. Read more

‘Goat’ takes a bite out of frat life



Frat life on film has tended to revolve around the comedic, portraying a roughhouse, boys-will-be-boys culture where the cruelest acts have no real consequences. Read more

‘The Magnificent Seven’ isn’t perfect, but it is entertaining

The Magnificent Seven

Scott Garfield

There are many reasons to want to send The Magnificent Seven, a reboot of the classic 1960 Western, to the hoosegow. Read more

Toronto film fest report: It’s OK to cry



This time of year, anyone with a studio email address or an undergrad film-studies class under his or her belt will tell you about the movie that will rock your world, Boyhood-style Read more

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep' take top Emmy honors

2016 Primetime Emmy Awards - Press Room

Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Game of Thrones conquered the Emmy kingdom Sunday, honored as top drama for the second consecutive year and becoming the most honored prime-time TV series ever on a night of surprises and sharp political jabs. Read more

New ‘Blair Witch’ can’t match the old



The Blair Witch Project was a quality film, but it also had the benefit of timing. Read more

Jerry Lewis tries to bloom again in ‘Max Rose’



Max Rose is a cinematic misfire, mostly notable for a lead performance by none other than Jerry Lewis, who acted in his first film in 1949. A morose drama about the trials of old age, grudges, anger and stabs at reconciliation, the movie will make no one’s list... Read more

Thomas Haden Church lands a fine showcase in ‘Cardboard Boxer’


Well Go USA

Richard Gere portrayed an emotionally wounded homeless man struggling to find peace within himself in the low-budget 2014 film Time Out of Mind and now Thomas Haden Church does much the same in the sweet and heartfelt, if ultimately less powerful, Read more

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