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Movie review: ‘The Case Against 8’

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Emotional and analytical by turn, The Case Against 8 is a thoroughly engaging documentary that draws back the curtain on one aspect of perhaps the most contentious legal battle of recent years: the fight for marriage equality that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

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MCT

Last summer, The Spectacular Now was the teen-trauma film of note, being based on a well-regarded bestseller and starring an up-and-coming Shailene Woodley. Read more

Movie review: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

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AP

Who could have guessed that the first real blockbuster surprise of the summer would come in the guise of a Tom Cruise film? Read more

Movie review: ‘Words and Pictures’

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Roadside Attractions

Words and Pictures is the cloying title of a cloying little comedy made by talented people who, not that long ago, deserved better than this, and knew it. Read more

Movie review: ‘Night Moves’

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Cinedigm

In Kelly Reichardt’s spare, eco-terrorist thriller, the two spurts of violence that disturb the placid pine forests of the Pacific Northwest are each hazy with fog. One is a misty nighttime bombing of a hydroelectric dam, the other a fatal encounter in a sauna. Read more

Movie review: ‘Anna’

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Vertical Entertainment

Mark Strong is such a great Brit-villain ( Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass) that he landed a part in that clever bad-guys-drive-Jaguars commercial that’s been making the rounds since the Super Bowl. Read more

Movie review: ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

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MCT

If there were a high-noon shootout in the Hollywood comedic corral between Mel Brooks’ 40-year-old Western spoof, Blazing Saddles, and the new kid in town, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, it’s not ... Read more

Movie review: Disney’s ‘Maleficent’

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Walt Disney Studios

For audiences, there are two challenges with Disney’s new feature film Maleficent. One is how to say the title character’s name — it’s pronounced muh-lef-uh-suhnt — and the second is whether one can believe that Angelina Jolie can pl... Read more

Movie review: ‘Alphaville’

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Chaumiane Ffilm Studio

Nearly 50 years before Johnny Depp’s brain was uploaded to the Internet in Transcendence, a sentient computer — the Alpha 60 — was messing with people’s lives and minds in Jean-Luc Godard’s black-and-white sci-fi noir Read more

Movie review: ‘Ida’

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Music Box Films

Preternaturally fresh-faced newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska makes an astonishing screen debut in Ida, an exquisitely rendered political drama by Pawel Pawlikowski set in 1960s Poland. Read more

Movie review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

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MCT

There are many superhuman feats on display in the latest installment in the X-Men saga, Days of Future Past. Read more

Movie review: ‘This Is Where We Live’

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IndieVisible

The title of Josh Barrett and Marc Menchaca’s low-key yet remarkable debut film, This Is Where We Live, is elastic. On the one hand, it refers to the fact that this Hill Country-set story is steeped deep in a sense of Texas place. Yet it can also stretch to app... Read more

Movie review: ‘Blended’

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Warner Bros.

These days, Adam Sandler is a bottle of beer that’s lost all its bubbles – cheap, mass produced domestic beer. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Love Punch’

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Ketchup Entertainment

The Love Punch is an empty-headed nothing of a caper comedy, a movie whose moves are so obvious and obviously absurd that even a moment’s scrutiny lets the gas right out of the balloon. Read more

Movie review: ‘Chinese Puzzle’

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Cohen Media Group

French director Cédric Klapisch has created a more lighthearted, Gallic counterpart to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy with the continuing misadventures in love of Xavier Rousseau. Viewers first met him in the delightful 2002 fil... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Immigrant’

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Floating in past a misty Statue of Liberty, James Gray’s The Immigrant somberly gathers its majesty as a metaphor-rich story of passage and survival. It’s an old tale told with rare precision, channeling grand themes into an intimate melodrama. Read more

Movie review: ‘Cold in July’

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IFC

Michael C. Hall is the family man next door pushed to a violent edge in Cold in July, a gritty, sweaty and entertaining little slice of Texas noir. Read more

Movie review: ‘Palo Alto’

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Tribeca Film

The most remarkable thing about Palo Alto, a chronicle of suburban teenage ennui, is the name of the first-time director and screenwriter: Gia Coppola. Yep, she’s the 27-year-old granddaughter of Francis Ford and niece of Sofia. Read more

Movie review: ‘Godzilla’

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Warner Bros. Pictures

The Godzilla reboot perfectly illustrates the problem that has long haunted mediocre monster movies. When the big, scaly guys are on screen, it’s a fun thrill ride. But when the humans are at the center of the action, things get scary — and not in a good... Read more

Movie review: ‘Million Dollar Arm’

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AP

Jon Hamm plays the straight man to a trio of young Indian actors and Oscar-winning curmudgeon Alan Arkin in Million Dollar Arm, a comically thin “true story” of a sports agent trying to turn Indian cricket bowlers into Major League Baseball pitchers. Read more

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