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Movie review: ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

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Twentieth Century Fox

There are scenes in Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings when a viewer might be forgiven for thinking God parted the waters near the Sydney Opera House, not the Red Sea. Two of the main characters, the pharoah Ramses and conniving high-ranking Eg... Read more

Movie review: ‘Top Five’

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Paramount

With all the timely cultural commentary Chris Rock has been making about Ferguson, Staten Island, police chokeholds and the like while doing interviews ostensibly promoting his new film, it’s actually a relief that Top Five is pretty good. More than two decades i... Read more

Movie review: 'Annie'

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Sony Pictures

In the opening scene of the latest theater-to-screen adaptation of the musical Annie, we’re introduced to the spunky “Annie P.,” who recites her history lesson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal with a Read more

Movie review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

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MGM

Peter Jackson’s “Just Give the People What They Want,” aka The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, sends this not-really-a-trilogy off in style. That means stuffing in everything the fans want, or that Jackson thinks the fans want out of these ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’

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Twentieth Century Fox

The “Night at the Museum” trilogy ends with less than a bang in the franchise’s new release, subtitled Secret of the Tomb. Despite a few good jokes and sight gags and some amusing cameos, you get the feeling that the series is played out. Read more

Movie review: ‘Antarctica: A Year on Ice’

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Music Box Films

Every year, several thousand people prove their intestinal fortitude by taking jobs at the research stations in Antarctica. Even more remarkable are the handful of workers who gut it out through the long winters in one of the most hostile environments on Earth. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Babadook’

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IFC Films

More moody than bloody and more unsettling than shocking, The Babadook — which has been generating loud buzz since hitting the festival circuit earlier this year — is a throwback to old-school horror filmmaking, where much of ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Diplomacy’

It’s an unimaginably chilling sequence of events. First, 33 bridges over the Seine were to be detonated. Followed by Notre Dame, the Louvre, L’Opera, and then, with four submarine torpedoes attached to each leg, the Eiffel Tower. Paris as we know it was to be destroyed. Read more

Movie review: ‘Penguins of Madagascar’

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DreamWorks Animation

Sequels and spinoffs have become commonplace in children’s animated films. Read more

Movie review: ‘Foxcatcher’

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Sony Pictures Classics

If Steve Carell wanted to radically change the public’s perception of him as the pompous but genial doofus from The Office, he couldn’t have chosen a better vehicle than Foxcatcher. Read more

Movie review: ‘Horrible Bosses 2’

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Warner Bros.

Your enjoyment of Horrible Bosses 2 is almost wholly dependent on your tolerance for clusters of funny actors, babbling, riffing — and in the case of Charlie Day, screeching — all at once. Read more

Movie review: ‘Rosewater’

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Open Road Films

Rosewater is both a faithful and a forceful adaptation of Then They Came For Me, the 2011 memoir of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. Set during the run-up to Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential election and the chaotic stree... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

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Hopper Stone

Twenty years after they permanently lowered the bar on broad and dumb character comedies, Lloyd and Harry are back, “Dumb and Dumber” than ever in Dumb and Dumber To. Read more

Movie review: ‘Beyond the Lights’

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Blackbird Productions

Beyond the Lights is another pain-behind-the-music romance. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Theory of Everything’

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Focus Features

The origins of the universe prove as mysterious as the intimacy of a marriage in The Theory of Everything. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Way He Looks’

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Strand Releasing

It takes roughly five seconds to give in to the charms of The Way He Looks, a beautifully acted and written tale about a blind teenager who falls in love with a classmate. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Great Invisible’

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Radius-TWC

In the months that followed the 2010 BP oil spill, people far from the disaster were up in arms over the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 men and countless animals and spewed hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Read more

Movie review: ‘Interstellar’

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AP

The spirit of 2001: A Space Odyssey surrounds Interstellar like a cloud. Read more

Movie review: ‘Nightcrawler’

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Chuck Ziotnick

The axiom animating television news — “If it bleeds, it leads” — often leaves you wondering just who gets stained in the process. Read more

Movie review: ‘Force Majeure’

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Magnolia Pictures

Near the beginning of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s devastatingly powerful Force Majeure, his country’s official Oscar entry, an avalanche at a French ski resort nearly takes out a balcony filled with diners at the lodge’s restaurant. Read more

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