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Movie review: ‘Noah’

Film Review Noah


Old Testament fury has rarely come to such spectacularly fearsome life than in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s audacious adaptation of one of the Bible’s best-known but still enigmatic chapters. Read more

Movie review: ‘Sabotage’


Director David Ayer has made two of the best films about the tough lives of cops -- Training Day and End of Watch -- but his streak ends with the very violent and ultimately forgettable Sabotage. Read more

Movie review: ‘Ernest & Celestine’



Ernest & Celestine, the charming French-Belgium animated film and Oscar contender, is about a bear and a mouse whose artistic tendencies are forever getting them into trouble. Marked as outsiders by their respective societies, an unlikely friendship is forged, an ill-... Read more

Movie review: ‘Cesar Chavez’



Cesar Chavez is a Mexican-American 42, a quietly inspiring and well-acted tale of a civil-rights icon whose story isn’t nearly as familiar as Jackie Robinson’s. But then, Chavez wasn’t a ball player. He was a union org... Read more

Movie review: ‘Breathe In’


Cohen Media Group

In the 2011 film Like Crazy, writer/director Drake Doremus and co-writer Ben York Jones told the story of a couple hopelessly in love — the man American, the woman British — separated by the laws of U.S. immigration. In their latest film, Read more

Movie review: ‘Divergent’

Film Review Divergent


Divergent, the latest outcast-teen-battles-the System thriller, is similar enough to The Hunger Games that hardcore Katniss fans may dismiss it. Read more

Movie review: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ filled with wokka-wokka fun

Film Review Muppets Most Wanted


In the opening number of Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, the audience gets ample warning of what to expect as the characters sing: “We’re doing a sequel. That’s what we do in Hollywood, and everybody knows the sequel is never quite as good.” Read more

Movie review: ‘Bad Words’


Sam Urdank

Sarcastic, sanctimonious, salacious, sly, slight and surprisingly sweet, the black comedy of Bad Words, starring and directed by Jason Bateman, is high-minded, foul-mouthed good nonsense. Read more

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

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