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Movie review: ‘Innocence’

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© 2014 Scion Pictures

Director/writer Hilary Brougher creates a suitably gray and bleak atmosphere in Innocence, a haunted-school story based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Jane Mendelsohn. But there’s not much of a payoff, as this tepid film telegraphs its mild punche... Read more

Movie review: ‘No No: A Dockumentary’

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Sundance Institute

Dock Ellis was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and other teams during baseball’s turbulent and flamboyant 1970s. Read more

Movie review: ‘Life After Beth’

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Greg Smith

Zach loved Beth — past tense. But his girlfriend put in her earbuds, trekked off up into the hills and … something happened. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Longest Week’

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Gravitas Ventures

The considerable charms of Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde get a considered workout in the lightly charming New York romance The Longest Week. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Identical’

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Freestyle Releasing

A musical mashup of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis biography and myth, The Identical plays like a failed faith-based Inside Llewyn Davis. And that’s the closest thing to a compliment it will get. Read more

Movie review: ‘As Above, So Below’

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Universal Pictures

They’re going to have to start issuing licenses to all these filmmakers who insist on shooting their movies in the shaky-cam “found footage” format. Maybe have the Blair Witch guys and Oren “ Paranormal Activity”... Read more

Movie review: ‘Kundo: Age of the Rampant’

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Well Go Entertainment

Kundo: Age of the Rampant may be unknown to the broader American public, but for fans of South Korean cinema, it’s already legendary. The film debuted in its home country this year with an Read more

Movie review: ‘The Trip to Italy’

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Sundance Institute

Less than 10 minutes have elapsed in The Trip to Italy before its loquacious protagonists are tearing apart the very idea of sequels. Read more

Movie review: ‘Frank’

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Magnolia Pictures

Llewyn Davis, the struggling folk singer at the center of Inside Llewyn Davis, had a cat that he didn’t particularly want. Frank, the struggling avant-garde rocker at the heart of the movie bearing his name, has a giant papier-mache head that he can’t li... Read more

Movie review: ‘To Be Takei’

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Amplify Releasing

In case you missed it, it’s George Takei’s America. We’re just living in it. And getting his autograph. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Discoverers’

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Quadratic Media

There’s something about the idea of that quintessentially modern mensch Griffin Dunne ( After Hours, Dallas Buyers Club) in a period piece that doesn’t connect. Read more

Movie review: ‘The November Man’

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Relativity Media

Pierce Brosnan’s perfect hair barely budges in the breeze. He fixes his eyes in that narrowed, steely stare and you remember, yes, he was a pretty good James Bond. 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: ‘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 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: ‘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: ‘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: ‘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: ‘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 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

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