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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

Movie review: ‘The Equalizer’

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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’

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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 ‘

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Laika

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

Movie review: ‘Tracks’

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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’

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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’

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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'

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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

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ABC

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

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