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Movie review: ‘The Skeleton Twins’

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Sundance Institute

One song kept playing through my mind as I watched The Skeleton Twins, an introspective indie drama starring the very exciting post- Saturday Night Live Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as siblings damaged by their father’s death. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Notebook’

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Sony Pictures Classics

Be warned: There is barely a glimmer of hope or affirmation in The Notebook, an unnerving Hungarian drama about the dreadful experiences of a pair of twins at the end of World War II. It’s a nightmare fairy tale that can be very difficult to watch. Read more

Movie review: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

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Warner Bros.

There’s one thing nobody can take away from This Is Where I Leave You: its stellar cast. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them’

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The Weinstein Company

Serenely melancholy but unfailingly melodramatic, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a tone poem to love and loss that goes on too long and is more intent on creating a sad mood than with breaking your heart or bringing you to tears. Read more

Movie review: ‘My Old Lady’

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Cohen Media Group

Kevin Kline is a failed American writer, broke and in Paris to collect his inheritance -- an ancient two-story apartment with an accompanying garden in the center city Marais district. Maggie Smith is the 90something Englishwoman living in it. Read more

Movie review: ‘Tusk’

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A24 Films

Take The Human Centipede — the gross-out midnight movie about the mad doctor who stitches humans together — and sprinkle liberally with the old Bob and Doug McKenzie sketches from SCTV and the result is ... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Maze Runner’

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Twentieth Century Fox Studios

This month’s “young adults save the future” film franchise is The Maze Runner, an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there. Read more

Movie review: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

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Universal Pictures

For a good, straight-ahead noirish crime thriller, you could do a lot worse than A Walk Among the Tombstones. Liam Neeson gives a nice, melancholy turn to his role as Matthew Scudder, the private eye at the center of a long-running series of novels by Lawrence Block. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Zero Theorem’

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Hugo Stenson

The Zero Theorem is director Terry Gilliam’s latest dazzling dose of sci-fi eye candy, and the third film in what some are calling his “Brazil” trilogy. Read more

Movie review: ‘Autumn Blood’

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108 Media

The title, poster, premise, and the fact that it’s been sitting on the shelf for three years make Autumn Blood seem like a direct-to-DVD, low-rent Tarantino rip-off. The reality though is that the handsomely shot feature-film debut from German director Markus Blu... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Guest’

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ArtEffects Entertainment

The Guest is, loudly and proudly, a B-movie, the kind of film that begs to be seen with a large, involved audience that’s not afraid to talk back to the screen. Read more

Movie review: ‘No Good Deed’

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Screen Gems

Screen Gems ignores the Ray Rice controversy and national conversation about violence against women with No Good Deed, a brutal thriller about, you guessed it, a “malignant narcissist” committing all sorts of violence against women. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Drop’

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Twentieth Century Fox

The silly summer season is officially over. With the arrival of The Drop, a disturbingly dark little thriller that wears its tension like a badge, the fall film season has arrived with a deadly bang. Read more

Movie review: Dolphin Tale 2

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MCT

It’s hard to top the story of how a wounded dolphin is saved by a prosthetic tail and a team of heroes. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Pirates’

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PSH

The Pirates is the latest in the line of swashbuckling period epics from South Korea, hot on the heels of The Admiral: Roaring Currents and Kundo: Age of the Rampant. All of them have been huge hits at home. Read more

Movie review: 'Wetlands'

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Strand Releasing

The movie Wetlands treats the human body as a metaphorical swamp, oozing with blood, spittle and other secretions and excretions. By my count, at least a half dozen of them are examined in glorious Technicolor in this funny, sweet and filthy German dramedy about a tee... Read more

Movie review: ‘God Help the Girl’

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Sundance Institute

The lively, playful, self-aware musical God Help the Girl has such a will-o’-the-wisp quality you fear it will disappear if you attempt to fence it. Writer-director Stuart Murdoch called it “our little hymn to the possibility of healing in music” ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Frontera’

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Magnolia Pictures

The contentious policy debate over the U.S.-Mexico border forms the backdrop to Frontera, a contemporary crime drama that brings together characters from both sides of that porous geographic line. At once understated and slightly pulpy, the film comes down squarely on... Read more

Movie review: ‘Five Star Life’

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Music Box Films

For a single woman who loves to travel, the job is a dream: Check into a luxe hostelry in the Alps, or on the Mediterranean, or in the posh precincts of an Old World burg, sample the cuisine, the amenities, then file your report for the rating service that employs you. Hotel critic — not a... Read more

Movie review: ‘Love Is Strange’

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Sundance Institute

The strangest thing about Love Is Strange, with its perfect pairing of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a long-committed couple finally able to legalize their relationship in a lovely New York City garden wedding, is how little it is about gay marriage. Read more

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