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Movie review: ‘St. Vincent’

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The Weinstein Co.

If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and St. Vincent is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we’d focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures. Read more

Movie review: ‘Art and Craft’

Is Mark Landis the only art forger who puts his paintings into Wal-Mart frames? That may be the least of his eccentricities, as we learn in Art and Craft, a droll documentary that may remind you of Errol Morris’ work. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Best of Me’

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Best of Me Productions

For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe that romance novelist Nicholas Sparks sends their way in his latest. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Judge’

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Warner Bros./Village Roadshow

The Judge, a drama about family dysfunction and coming together under hard circumstances, pulls at the heartstrings so hard and so long that it feels more like a tug-of-war. Read more

Movie review: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’

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Disney

Life for a pre-teen has always been rough, and the perennial refrain of “parents just don’t understand” gets louder and more consistent during the teenage years. Read more

Movie review: ‘Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead’

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Well Go USA

Five years ago, a little Scandinavian zombie movie made waves among horror fans: Dead Snow, in which defrosted yet still undead German soldiers from World War II terrorize a group on a ski vacation in contemporary Norway. It essentially ripped pages from Read more

Movie review: ‘Kill the Messenger’

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Focus Features

Kill the Messenger, the film about journalist Gary Webb’s shocking newspaper stories that connected the Reagan-era CIA to America’s crack epidemic, shows just how hard it is to film investigative journalism as a drama, and get it right. Read more

Movie review: ‘Pride’

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Nicola Dove

If you think unions are the scourge of the working world, you will not be happy at Pride, which begins with the unmistakable sound of Pete Seeger singing Solidarity Forever and goes on from there. Read more

Movie review: ‘Meet the Mormons’

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Purdie Distribution

Meet the Mormons is a slick, upbeat Church of Latter Day Saints-backed documentary that aims to answer the image of the church and its members “shaped by the media and popular culture.” Read more

Movie review: ‘Dracula Untold’

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Universal

So it wasn’t the rains that kept the Turks from getting their cannons to Vienna, seizing the city and ending Western Civilization in the late 15th/early 16th centuries. Read more

Movie review: ‘Automata’

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Millennium Entertainment

Automata is yet another Blade Runner knockoff, a sci-fi dystopia about robots getting too smart for humanity’s own good on an already sun-cooked Earth. Read more

Movie review: ‘Pump’

You might say husband-and-wife documentarians Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell have found their niche, or at least an obsession. The pair has made three small movies about the hazards of America’s oil addiction, and before that Joshua made two others: Fields... Read more

Movie review: ‘Gone Girl’

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Twentieth Century Fox

The predominant image throughout David Fincher’s work, from the uncovered horrors of Se7en to the Machiavellian maneuverings of House of Cards, has been a flashlight beam cutting through the dark. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Last of Robin Hood’

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Last of Robin Hood, an account of fading matinee idol Errol Flynn’s final affair with an underage actress, features a strong cast: Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, Dakota Fanning. And all three actors turn in decent performances. Read more

Movie review: ‘20,000 Days on Earth’

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Sundance Institute

Midway into the memoir-ish pseudo-documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, the Nick Cave novice may wonder what all the fuss is about. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Liberator’

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Cohen Media Group

Simon Bolivar had traits from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Napoleon, all in one titanic personality. Read more

Movie review: ‘Annabelle’

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Warner Bros.

A child’s crayon rolls across a floor. Curtains fly back from a window you thought was closed. A TV-distracted seamstress looks at her late model sewing machine less and less as the camera zooms closer and closer to that naked needle whirring at her fingertips. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Good Lie’

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Alcon Entertainment

The saga of Sudan’s “Lost Boys,” refugees who wound up in America after fleeing the civil war there, earns an engaging, tear-jerking retelling in The Good Lie, a fictionalized account of what they faced. Read more

Movie review: ‘Drive Hard’

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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’

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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

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