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Movie review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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MGM

Peter Jackson’s “Just Give the People What They Want,” aka The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, sends this not-really-a-trilogy off in style. That means stuffing in everything the fans want, or that Jackson thinks the fans want out of these ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Antarctica: A Year on Ice’

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Music Box Films

Every year, several thousand people prove their intestinal fortitude by taking jobs at the research stations in Antarctica. Even more remarkable are the handful of workers who gut it out through the long winters in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. Read more

Movie review: ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’

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Twentieth Century Fox

The “Night at the Museum” trilogy ends with less than a bang in the franchise’s new release, subtitled Secret of the Tomb. Despite a few good jokes and sight gags and some amusing cameos, you get the feeling that the series is played out. Read more

Movie review: 'Annie'

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Sony Pictures

In the opening scene of the latest theater-to-screen adaptation of the musical Annie, we’re introduced to the spunky “Annie P.,” who recites her history lesson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal with a Read more

‘Birdman’ is DFW film critics’ best movie of 2014

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Fox Searchlight

Birdman is the best film of the year, according to members of the Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Read more

Movie review: ‘Wild’

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AP

Nearly 10 years ago, Reese Witherspoon won a Best Actress Oscar for playing June Carter Cash in Walk the Line; it was the kind of Oscar win you could predict without even seeing the movie, because the Academy loves few things more than a starlet who shows that she has... Read more

Movie review: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

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Twentieth Century Fox

There are scenes in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings when a viewer might be forgiven for thinking God parted the waters near the Sydney Opera House, not the Red Sea. Two of the main characters, the pharoah Ramses and conniving high-ranking Eg... Read more

Movie review: ‘Top Five’

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Paramount

With all the timely cultural commentary Chris Rock has been making about Ferguson, Staten Island, police chokeholds and the like while doing interviews ostensibly promoting his new film, it’s actually a relief that Top Five is pretty good. More than two decades i... Read more

Movie review: ‘Panic 5 Bravo’

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Videocine

There’s a good movie hidden inside Panic 5 Bravo, the directing debut from Mexican actor Kuno Becker, best known in the U.S. for roles on the TV shows Dallas and CSI: Miami. In fact, the first 20 minutes... Read more

Movie review: ‘Diplomacy’

It’s an unimaginably chilling sequence of events. First, 33 bridges over the Seine were to be detonated. Followed by Notre Dame, the Louvre, L’Opera, and then, with four submarine torpedoes attached to each leg, the Eiffel Tower. Paris as we know it was to be destroyed. Read more

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