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Movie review: ‘If You Build It’


Long Shot Factory

In the summer of 2010, two young big-city architects moved into a modest house in Bertie County, a small farming community in eastern North Carolina, with a mission: to revolutionize the way we approach public education. Read more

Movie review: ‘Big Men’



There’s an old saying that you don’t want to see how sausage gets made. Well, if director Rachel Boynton is to be believed, you don’t want to see how oil gets drilled either, at least in certain developing countries. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Lunchbox’


Sony Pictures Classics

The most lasting result of seeing The Lunchbox is an intense desire for Indian food. In fact, here’s an idea for a great evening out — a screening of this movie, followed by a long, sumptuous dinner at a good Indian restaurant. Beyond that, Read more

Movie review: ‘Need for Speed’

Film Review Need for Speed


With the soul of a Maserati trapped in the body of a Ford Pinto, Need for Speed grinds its gears when it should be roaring down the road. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’


Fox Searchlight Pictures

Wes Anderson sweats the details. All of them, all the time, to an extent that can be maddening. But not in The Grand Budapest Hotel, where the writer-director’s familiar style blends with a group of unexpected factors to create a magnificently cockeyed entertai... Read more

Movie review: ‘Veronica Mars’

Fan-demanded and fan-financed, Veronica Mars represents some sort of new movie making paradigm. If you love something so much that you’d “pay to see that,” you can now turn that dream project into a big-screen reality by ponying up a piece of the ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Bethlehem’

Bethlehem, Israel’s entry for the best foreign film Oscar, is an entertaining film, but also an uncompromising one. It is harsh and not particularly hopeful, and it presents a situation so tangled and contorted, with so many interests in collision, that that a ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Bag Man’



Director/writer David Grovic’s low-rent noir thriller The Bag Man is blessed with a good cast led by John Cusack, Robert De Niro, and Crispin Glover and they deliver solid performances. But that’s the best that can be said about a movie that prizes styli... Read more

Movie review: ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’

For a documentary subject as forceful as Elaine Stritch, filmmakers may need to turn to nature — a typhoon might do it — to find anything approximate. Even the camera must warily keep its distance in Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. She warns its operator when ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Visitors’

Visitors, the transfixing new movie from filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, opens with an utterly astonishing image, one so powerful that it feels uncharitable to reveal what it is. The rest of the movie continues apace, with 73 more shots — a handful in the feature-fil... Read more

Movie review: ‘300: Rise of an Empire’

Film Review 300 Rise of An Empire


The first 300, director Zack Snyder’s 2006 take on the legendary showdown between Persians and Spartans at Thermopylae in 480 B.C., was all about the guys and their abs. Read more

Movie review: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’

Film Review Mr Peabody & Sherman


With Mr. Peabody & Sherman, DreamWorks Animation sets its “Wayback Machine” to the early 1960s and charmingly revives one of the most popular features of the old Rocky & Bullwinkle Show — th... Read more

Movie review: ‘Non-Stop’


Universal Pictures

The latest Liam Neeson action-thriller isn't a disaster but the flight isn't an altogether smooth one Read more

Movie review: ‘Omar’


Adopt Films

Omar, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign-Language Film this year, is a smart and suspenseful thriller that proves a filmmaker doesn’t need explosions to build interest and excitement. All the fireworks you need can be supplied by human emotion. Read more

Movie review: ‘Son of God’

Film Review Son of God


Blame Mel Gibson for it if you like, but no Jesus movie these days is worth its salt without an utterly unflinching treatment of his torture and crucifixion. And Son of God has stretches where the agony we watch this poor man endure is avert-your-eyes awful. If histor... Read more

Movie review: 'Tim's Vermeer'

Film Review Tims Vermeer


Tim’s Vermeer is a fascinating new documentary about art, obsessions, ideas and answers. Read more

Movie review: 'The Wind Rises'

Film Review The Wind Rises


The Wind Rises was a dream project for the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and this gorgeous film makes a fine capstone for his career. Read more

Movie review: ‘Odd Thomas’


Fans of fantasy writer Dean Koontz have been waiting awhile for the film version of Odd Thomas, the first in what could be a fruitful franchise. But Read more

Movie review: ‘Pompeii’

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Caitlin Cronenberg

Pompeii is cinematic junk food, the moviegoing equivalent of convenience-store tacos or baseball-park nachos. There’s little nutrition but, depending on your mood, it hits the spot. And that’s the best that probably can be expected from this cross betwee... Read more

Movie review: ‘3 Days to Kill’

Film Review 3 Days To Kill


Kevin Costner and the director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Monsieur Luc Besson in 3 Days to Kill, a serio-comic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood. Read more

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