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Movie review: ‘The Blue Room’

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Sundance Selects

Like a corpse about to be autopsied, the mystery that is laid bare by The Blue Room hardly requires even the economical 76 minutes that director Mathieu Amalric expends on it. Two naked philanderers, played by Amalric and his real-life partner, Stéphanie Clé... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Best of Me’

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Best of Me Productions

For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe that romance novelist Nicholas Sparks sends their way in his latest. Read more

Movie review: ‘St. Vincent’

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The Weinstein Co.

If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and St. Vincent is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we’d focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures. Read more

Movie review: ‘Art and Craft’

Is Mark Landis the only art forger who puts his paintings into Wal-Mart frames? That may be the least of his eccentricities, as we learn in Art and Craft, a droll documentary that may remind you of Errol Morris’ work. Read more

Movie review: ‘Fury’

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Sony Pictures

The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama Fury begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim horizon of a foggy, corpse-strewn battlefield. Out of the muck leaps a man who pulls the rider down and savagely b... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Book of Life’

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Twentieth Century Fox & Reel FX

Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead may seem like a somber celebration as the focal point of a children’s animated film. However, the roots of the Mexican holiday that typically spans from Halloween through All Saints’ Day revolve around the essence of what brings familie... Read more

Movie review: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’

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Disney

Life for a pre-teen has always been rough, and the perennial refrain of “parents just don’t understand” gets louder and more consistent during the teenage years. Read more

Movie review: ‘Pride’

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Nicola Dove

If you think unions are the scourge of the working world, you will not be happy at Pride, which begins with the unmistakable sound of Pete Seeger singing Solidarity Forever and goes on from there. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Judge’

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Warner Bros./Village Roadshow

The Judge, a drama about family dysfunction and coming together under hard circumstances, pulls at the heartstrings so hard and so long that it feels more like a tug-of-war. Read more

Movie review: ‘Kill the Messenger’

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Focus Features

Kill the Messenger, the film about journalist Gary Webb’s shocking newspaper stories that connected the Reagan-era CIA to America’s crack epidemic, shows just how hard it is to film investigative journalism as a drama, and get it right. Read more

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