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Movie review: ‘Elsa & Fred’

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Michele K. Short

Sometimes the freshest face on the big screen is 80 and counting. Certainly that’s true of Elsa & Fred’s brightest star, Shirley MacLaine. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Gambler’



Mark Wahlberg takes on his most ambitious acting job ever in The Gambler, a gritty remake of a 1974 film that starred James Caan. And the new gambler doesn’t embarrass himself. Read more

Movie review: ‘Big Eyes’


The Weinstein Co.

Casting Amy Adams to star in Big Eyes is one of the great no-brainers in Hollywood history. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Imitation Game’


The Weinstein Company

Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing had much in common. Read more

Movie review: ‘Unbroken’



There are three names to remember coming out of Unbroken, director Angelina Jolie’s handsomely mounted, old-fashioned ode to heroism under hell fire: Louis Zamperini, Jack O’Connell and Takamasa Ishihara, better known as Miyavi. Read more

Movie review: ‘Into the Woods’


Walt Disney Studios

The journey from stage to screen has been a remarkably long one for Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods. Read more

Movie review: ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’


Kino Lorber

Very few films come along that deserve to be called “original.” A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the debut feature from young Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour, is one of them. Read more

Movie review: ‘National Gallery’


It is such a gift that Frederick Wiseman, who is edging toward 85, continues to let his curiosity and his craft fill his days and our theaters. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Better Angels’


Sundance Institute

The Better Angels has bursts of life — moving, poetic moments of a kind that you won’t find in any other film this year — but it can’t honestly be described as a success. A movie can’t be a success if it makes the audience wish it we... Read more

Movie review: ‘Mr. Turner’


Sony Pictures Classics

There’s a painstaking perfectionism in the stunning landscapes of England’s J.M.W. Turner, and in Mr. Turner, England’s greatest filmmaker in the field of grumpy eccentrics, Mike Leigh, gives us a portrait of the artist as a misanthropic genius. Read more

Movie review: ‘Selma’



There are moments in Selma, director Ava DuVernay’s powerful staging of the months leading up to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed 1965 march for voting rights in Alabama, that feel as if they could have been pulled from today’s TV news. Only the hemlines ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Inherent Vice’


Warner Bros.

Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson’s trippy, trenchant satire, is very much a creature of Thomas Pynchon’s biting deconstruction of the final daze of peace, love and understanding that gives the film its inspiration and its name. Read more

Movie review: ‘The World Made Straight’


Millennium Entertainment

The World Made Straight, the feature debut from director David Burris, is made with such a sense of sincerity and care that it’s a shame that it’s not nearly as involving as its set-up indicates. Read more

Movie review: ‘Predestination’


Sony Picgtures

Predestination is a clever, quotable twist on that age-old sci-fi trope, “time travel.” This Spierig Brothers adaptation of a Robert A. Heinlein story touches on love, death and morality as it ventures back and forth with a time traveling Ethan Hawke. Read more

Movie review: ‘American Sniper’


Warner Bros.

Arriving in theaters just over 22 months after Chris Kyle’s untimely death at a shooting range near Glen Rose, American Sniper often has a sorrowful immediacy. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Interview’


Sony Pictures

The Interview will go down as the satire that provoked an authoritarian dictatorship, roiled Sony Pictures in a massive hacking attack and prompted new questions of cyber warfare, corporate self-censorship and comedic audacity. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Homesman’


Roadside Attractions

Tommy Lee Jones has crafted in The Homesman an painfully honest assault on the standard trappings of a Western. Read more

Movie review: ‘Pelican Dreams’


Shadow Distribution

Whatever you think you know about pelicans, Pelican Dreams will surprise you. Read more

Movie review: ‘Panic 5 Bravo’



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: ‘Wild’

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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

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