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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

Movie review: ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’

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Hatake Jimusho

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a marvel of Japanese animation, a hand-drawn, painterly epic that submerges us in a world of beauty. While almost everything about it bespeaks its origins in a culture very different from the West, the delicacy and grace of its subli... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Two Faces of January’

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Studio Canal

Ambiguity is the intrigue in The Two Faces of January, the new thriller starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. Read more

Movie review: ‘Horns’

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Radius-TWC

In Horns, Daniel Radcliffe grows a pair. Read more

Movie review: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’

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Laurie Sparham

Three of the best actors in the business put on a master class in mystery thriller in Before I Go to Sleep, a lean, twisty-turning tale in the Memento style. Read more

Movie review: ‘Missionary’

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Freestyle Releasing

Back in the late ’80s/early ’90s, there was a small wave of movies about disturbed, obsessed women careening into people’s perfect lives and wrecking them. Fatal Attraction, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Read more

Movie review: ‘The ABCs of Death 2’

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Magnet Releasing

That miss-or-hit collection of horror shorts, The ABCs of Death becomes more hit or miss with its sequel, ABCs of Death 2. Read more

Movie review: ‘Whiplash’

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Sony Pictures Classics

Actor J.K. Simmons is unforgettable in this drama about a dictatorial school band leader and his headstrong student. Read more

Movie review: ‘Birdman’

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Fox Searchlight

At the beginning of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton’s brooding, jittery Riggan Thomson, a Hollywood star faded from view, is in the lotus position, in his underpants, meditating. In his own mind at least (and isn’t that wh... Read more

Movie review: ‘John Wick’

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Lionsgate

Ever since The Matrix, Keanu Reeves has tried to reinvent himself as a full-tilt, face-smashing, spine-stomping action star who can kick backside as much any rival from Asia. He comes closest to his goal in John Wick, a martial-arts and au... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dear White People’

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Roadside Attractions

Justin Simien’s Dear White People has made a big splash since hitting the festival circuit earlier this year. Even though racial polarization has been in the news, it’s not something that movies have had the nerve to touch. Read more

Movie review: ‘23 Blast’

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Ocean Avenue Entertainment

23 Blast tells a fact-based story about a star high school football player in Kentucky who gets a killer infection and ends up, in a matter of hours, completely and irreversibly blind. It’s about a kid without a care in the world, whose entire sense of himself ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Ouija’

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Ouija is a dead teenager movie aimed squarely at a teen audience. Read more

Movie review: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’

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Kim Ki Sam

Sometimes the stories we think we know, the stories where we don’t want to hear another word, turn out to be the most involving of all, the ones we in fact know the least about. So it is with Last Days in Vietnam. Read more

Movie review: ‘Exists’

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Lionsgate

It comes as no surprise that some of the folks who made The Blair Witch Project, the definitive “found footage” horror film, do a solid job with Exists, a found-footage Bigfoot thriller. Read more

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