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Movie review: ‘Drive Hard’


Voltage Pictures

Here’s the sort of scruffy action comedy that suits the post-box office-draw careers of onetime hipster John Cusack and fading action star Thomas Jane. It covers the costs of a fun few weeks of working vacation in Australia and provides a few on-screen laughs along the way. Read more

Movie review: ‘Left Behind’


eOne Entertainment

Left Behind is Rapture-fiction as a dull zombie movie where the living dead are nonbelievers. The Christian faithful have disappeared, all over the world. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Equalizer’


Sony Pictures

Denzel Washington must have been behind Liam Neeson in the line at the bank and glimpsed when the Irish actor deposited one of his massive checks from Taken. Read more

Movie review: ‘Believe Me’


Riot Studios

Believe Me has cynical, snarky frat boys who think nothing of stealing, drinking and chasing other guys’ girlfriends. It has them conning gullible true believers with a fake Christian charity, mocking the conventions of modern worship and the naivete of those a... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Boxtrolls ‘



Do you think Boxtrolls know the paradox between good and evil? Read more

Movie review: ‘Tracks’


The Weinstein Company

In 1977, a young Australian woman named Robyn Davidson undertook a journey that many thought nearly impossible: traversing on foot the vast Outback from Alice Springs, at Australia’s desolate red center, to the Indian Ocean — 1,700 miles to the west. Read more

Movie review: ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’


Patrick Redmond

A miserably dull recounting of one of rock music’s most incandescent talents, Jimi: All Is By My Side is the film equivalent of a flashy guitar solo that goes nowhere. Read more

Movie review: ‘Plastic’


ARC Entertainment

The British thriller Plastic is supposedly based on a true story though with the number of coincidences, contrivances and conveniences, that’s a little tough to swallow. Read more

Movie review: 'Good People'


Millennium Entertainment

The moral of Good People, the ultimately disappointing but initially involving thriller starring James Franco and Kate Hudson, is this: if you find a big bag of money in a dead man¡¯s apartment, leave it alone. Read more

Despite its provocative title, ‘black-ish’ is all about family



ABC is placing big expectations on its new fall comedy with a certain small letter in its title: “black-ish.” Read more

Movie review: ‘The Skeleton Twins’


Sundance Institute

One song kept playing through my mind as I watched The Skeleton Twins, an introspective indie drama starring the very exciting post- Saturday Night Live Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as siblings damaged by their father’s death. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Notebook’


Sony Pictures Classics

Be warned: There is barely a glimmer of hope or affirmation in The Notebook, an unnerving Hungarian drama about the dreadful experiences of a pair of twins at the end of World War II. It’s a nightmare fairy tale that can be very difficult to watch. Read more

Movie review: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’


Warner Bros.

There’s one thing nobody can take away from This Is Where I Leave You: its stellar cast. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’


The Weinstein Company

Serenely melancholy but unfailingly melodramatic, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a tone poem to love and loss that goes on too long and is more intent on creating a sad mood than with breaking your heart or bringing you to tears. Read more

Movie review: ‘My Old Lady’


Cohen Media Group

Kevin Kline is a failed American writer, broke and in Paris to collect his inheritance -- an ancient two-story apartment with an accompanying garden in the center city Marais district. Maggie Smith is the 90something Englishwoman living in it. Read more

Movie review: ‘Tusk’


A24 Films

Take The Human Centipede — the gross-out midnight movie about the mad doctor who stitches humans together — and sprinkle liberally with the old Bob and Doug McKenzie sketches from SCTV and the result is ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Maze Runner’


Twentieth Century Fox Studios

This month’s “young adults save the future” film franchise is The Maze Runner, an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there. Read more

Movie review: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’


Universal Pictures

For a good, straight-ahead noirish crime thriller, you could do a lot worse than A Walk Among the Tombstones. Liam Neeson gives a nice, melancholy turn to his role as Matthew Scudder, the private eye at the center of a long-running series of novels by Lawrence Block. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Zero Theorem’


Hugo Stenson

The Zero Theorem is director Terry Gilliam’s latest dazzling dose of sci-fi eye candy, and the third film in what some are calling his “Brazil” trilogy. Read more

Movie review: ‘Autumn Blood’


108 Media

The title, poster, premise, and the fact that it’s been sitting on the shelf for three years make Autumn Blood seem like a direct-to-DVD, low-rent Tarantino rip-off. The reality though is that the handsomely shot feature-film debut from German director Markus Blu... Read more

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