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Movie review: ‘Focus’

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Warner Bros.

The story is ludicrous, even by the standards of light-hearted caper movies whose only goal is to show off beautiful people, exotic locations, and enough wealth to make Warren Buffett jealous. The plot holes make the Grand Canyon look like a drainage ditch. And the whole thing evaporates from mem... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Lazarus Effect’

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Back to Life Productions

The Lazarus Effect is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul. Read more

Movie review: ‘Out of the Dark’

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Vertical Entertainment

There’s something chilling about thrillers that put a child in jeopardy. And from the minute we meet Hannah (Pixie Davies) in Out of the Dark, she’s being menaced. Read more

Movie review: ‘A La Mala’

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Maria Laura, the heroine of A La Mala, is a thin, slinky bombshell of an actress who uses her talents to flirt with other women’s beaus to test their loyalty. The acting roles aren’t there, but there is no shortage of women who need a professional breake... Read more

Movie review: ‘Timbuktu’

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Cohen Media Group

Even though the atrocities committed by radical jihadists dominate the headlines and airwaves, few in the West know what it’s like to live under their reign. Timbuktu, Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated vision of an African villa... Read more

Movie review: ‘Maps to the Stars’

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Focus World

It wasn’t easy for director David Cronenberg to scrape together the cash for Maps to the Stars. Even for an auteur with grand vision and a proven track record — A History of Violence, The Fly, Eastern Promises — this n... Read more

Movie review: ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

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Paladin

“This is the not-so-true story, of four vampires, picked to live in a house, work together, and have their lives taped. Find out what happens, when bloodsuckers stop being polite, and start getting real … The Real World!” Read more

Movie review: ‘Red Army’

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Sony Pictures Classics

For a few moments, it feels like a mistake, a director’s miscalculation. Read more

Movie review: ‘Da Sweet Blood of Jesus’

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Gravitas Ventures

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Spike Lee’s remake of the 1973 horror film Ganja & Hess, represents one of his mildly intriguing left-handed projects that winds up being more Oldboy-esque misfire than explorati... Read more

Movie review: ‘McFarland, USA’

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Disney Enterprises

His name is Jim White. He’s a coach. But that last name is all the students — his prospective athletes — need to know at McFarland High School. Read more

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