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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: ‘Project Almanac’

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Paramount Pictures

What have we done to deserve another found-footage movie? The tired, hand-held technique that seemed so fresh in 1999 with The Blair Witch Project long ago wore out its welcome. Read more

Movie review: ‘Black or White’

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Relativity Media

Black or White is a frank, touching and very well-acted melodrama about child custody and cultural perceptions of “blackness” and “the race card.” Read more

Movie review: ‘Amira and Sam’

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Drafthouse Films

Amira is a walking contradiction. She wears a hijab, but isn’t shy about showing a little cleavage. She came from Iraq to America, but she hates American soldiers. She is cranky but flippant, profane but still Muslim, pretty when she smiles. Which is almost never. 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

Movie review: ‘The Boy Next Door’

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Universal Pictures

“Well, that wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” said one young woman as she exited a screening of The Boy Next Door, the thriller starring Jennifer Lopez and directed by Rob Cohen. Read more

Movie review: ‘A Most Violent Year’

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Atsushi Nishijima

A Most Violent Year is the most welcome kind of throwback. It brings to mind the fierce New York-based productions of Sidney Lumet in particular but also the whole notion of character-driven, the-clock-is-ticking melodramas in general. Read more

Movie review: ‘Still Alice’

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Sony Pictures Classics

Julianne Moore walked away with the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama — beating out the likes of Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything and Reese Witherspoon in Wild Read more

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