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Movie review: ‘Legend’ doubles the Tom Hardy factor


Studio Canal

Take a gander at the Wikipedia page for notorious gangsters the Kray Twins, and you might find some of their exploits hard to believe. Read more

Movie review: Disney Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’



Families come in all forms. And one of the biggest fears as we head to Thanksgiving gatherings is confronting the family. Read more

Movie review: ‘Creed’ is a knockout


Warner Bros./Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Creed, the latest installment in the “Rocky” saga , is like that aging fighter on the undercard whom you hope can just hold his own and escape the ring with his life but fear will get his lights knocked out. After all, this is... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Night Before’ starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Columbia Pictures

First the good news: Seth Rogen is growing up. Then the bad news: Seth Rogen is growing up. Read more

Movie review: ‘Experimenter’


Magnolia Pictures

Experimenter is a dramatic feature about the life and work of Stanley Milgram, whose extensive Yale study is probably the 20th century’s best-known psychological experiment. You know, the one with the fake electric shocks? It’s a measure of the study... Read more

Movie review: ‘By the Sea’



Just because Angelina Jolie wrote, directed and stars in a film chronicling a supremely unhappy marriage, don’t get the wrong idea about By the Sea, or about Jolie’s relationship with Brad Pitt, who plays her husband. Read more

Movie review: ‘Altered Minds’



Director Michael Z. Wechsler, making his feature debut after working in TV and shorts, crafts an appropriately gray and brooding atmosphere in the dysfunctional-family drama Altered Minds. Read more

Movie review: ‘Criminal Activities’


Image Entertainment

There’s more than a little early Quentin Tarantino in Criminal Activities, the directorial debut from well-known San Antonio character actor Jackie Earle Haley. From the smart, dark humor about a group of guys looking for an easy score to the spasms of blood-sp... Read more

‘The Hunger Games’ goes out with a bang


Murray Close

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the fourth and final installment in the big-screen treatment of novelist Suzanne Collins’ hugely popular young-adult series, makes good on the promise of the last film, which was all build-up and no release. Read more

Movie review: ‘Trumbo’


Bleecker Street Media

Sitting in a bathtub with a pen in one hand and glass of whiskey in the other, a long cigarette holder dangling beneath his wiry moustache, Dalton Trumbo wrote countless Hollywood screenplays. From B-movies to Oscar winners, he remained prolific throughout his career, even during the 13 years he ... Read more

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