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Movie review: ‘Rich Hill’

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We watch films about the Great Depression secure in the knowledge that they have a happy ending. They may portray the horrific poverty that struck the nation, only to then focus on the resilience of the American people and our eventual triumph. Read more

Movie review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

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Dimension Films

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is like Paris after the zombie apocalypse: beautiful to look at but not a living soul in sight. Read more

Movie review: ‘If I Stay’

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Warner Bros.

Manipulative, contrived, melodramatic — all labels we slap on that most perfectly titled movie genre, “the weeper.” All fit If I Stay like original packaging. Teenage girls and the boys who want to date them need to discover the pleasures of a wel... Read more

Movie review: ‘When the Game Stands Tall’

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Sony Pictures

Outside of humans invaded by body snatchers and presidents whose nations are threatened by an asteroid, has there been a more stoic big screen performance than Jim Caviezel as Bob Ladouceur in When the Game Stands Tall? Read more

Movie review: ‘The Possession of Michael King’

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Anchor Bay Films

As “found footage” horror movies go, The Possession of Michael King is more unpleasant than scary. Read more

Movie review: ‘Are You Here’

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Millennium Entertainment

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner takes his act to the big screen with Are You Here, which turns out to be the most quotable Owen Wilson comedy since Zoolander. Read more

Movie review: ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

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The Weinstein Company

Yves Saint Laurent, the great French fashion designer, was by any definition an early bloomer. He was hired as an assistant at the legendary House of Dior while still in his teens, and at 21 became the head designer after Christian Dior died of a heart attack in 1957. Read more

Movie review: ‘The One I Love’

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Radius-The Weinstein Company

The One I Love is a clever, lightweight amuse-bouche of a movie built around a conceit that can’t be talked about in any detail without unraveling the whole thing. Let’s just say it might have been something worthy of a Read more

Movie review: ‘Alive Inside”

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Sundance Institute

It isn’t news that musical therapy can produce striking results, but rarely have those good effects been as movingly illustrated as in Alive Inside. The documentary’s best moments are scenes of deeply debilitated nursing-home residents responding dramati... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Expendables 3’

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Lionsgate

There are three elements that could make a cartoon of an action film like The Expendables 3 work: some cool, kinetic action slam-o-rama; witty one-liners; and a really good bad guy. Read more

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