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Movie review: ‘Persecuted’

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Millennium Entertainment

The unholy bond between religion and politics is the background for Persecuted, a confused and confusing thriller about a TV preacher ruined by a sinister government plot. Read more

Movie review: ‘Whitey’

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Public domain

We only hear his voice, running underneath mugshot photos and the occasional bit of silent black-and-white surveillance footage. Convicted crime boss and murderer Whitey Bulger comes off as articulate and calm, with that polished voice having a “Who, me?” quality of martyred incredu... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

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20th Century

The original “Planet of the Apes” franchise was evolution in reverse. The kickoff film with Charlton Heston was smart, cool, just a bit campy, and sported that shock ending that — spoiler alert — showed that just because man had less hair than his simian overlords didn... Read more

Movie review: ‘Coherence’

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Oscilloscope Laboratories

If Neil deGrasse Tyson made an indie sci-fi movie, it might be Coherence. Read more

Movie review: ‘Venus in Fur’

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Sundance Selects

Vanda stumbles into the theater from off the street, drenched from a French cloudburst. She curses, stumbles about, pleads. Can’t she get an audition? Read more

Movie review: ‘Witching and Bitching’

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IFC Midnight

Imagine a Pedro Almodovar horror comedy. Read more

Movie review: ‘Rage’

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Image Entertainment

Nicolas Cage as an actor is still a formidable screen presence, capable of an amazing moment, even in a mediocre movie. Read more

Movie review: ‘Third Person’

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The Paul Haggis drama Third Person, like his Oscar-winning Crash, is a series of interlocking stories. Each is fascinating, or at least interesting its own right. Each is cast with more than capable actors. Read more

Movie review: ‘America: Imagine the World Without Her’

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It takes 90 minutes for Dinesh D’Souza’s rambling, mistitled America: Imagine the World Without Her to get to its real point. There’s D’Souza, arch-conservative Ivy League immigrant, creator of the popular anti-Obama screed 20... Read more

Movie review: ‘Tammy’

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Warner Bros.

Like the road trip upon which the titular character embarks, Tammy isn’t quite sure of its ultimate destination. Read more

Movie review: ‘Snowpiercer’

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The Weinstein Co.

In different hands, Snowpiercer might have been just another generic action movie. Yet with South Korean director Bong Joon-ho at the helm, it’s instead something more off-kilter and more disturbingly satisfying. Read more

Movie review: ‘Begin Again’

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The Weinstein Co.

If Once was the indie rock record no one expected to succeed, Begin Again is the hotly anticipated follow-up that can’t quite recapture its predecessor’s magic. Read more

Movie review: ‘Earth to Echo’

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Relativity Media

Earth to Echo is an engagingly unassuming E.T. knockoff, a kids movie that serves up a similar alien-with-kids story in a Blair Witch/Paranormal shaky-cam package. Read more

Movie review: ‘Deliver Us From Evil’

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Screen Gems

Deliver Us From Evil takes a very long time to deliver us from dullness. This demonic possession police procedural only gets good and wound up for its third-act exorcism. Read more

Movie review: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

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Paramount Pictures

There’s only one thing anyone really needs to know about Transformers: Age of Extinction, Michael Bay’s fourth exercise in robot-on-robot violence and aggressive product placement: at nearly three hours, it’s the longest “Transformersȁ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Hellion’

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IFC Films

It has been a banner year for Texas-set indie films. From Nicolas Cage’s comeback in Joe and Michael C. Hall’s turn as a man pushed to his limits in the thriller ... Read more

Movie review: ‘We Are the Best!’

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Magnolia Pictures

Bobo and Klara, two 13-year-old Swedish girls, are having a debate by telephone. And the moment Klara (Mira Grosin) holds her phone through the cracked door, capturing a loud, pointless shouting match her free-spirited mother and father are having, We Are the Best! se... Read more

Movie review: ‘Borgman’

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Drafthouse Films

Movies and movie makers generally play by a set of rules. A story unfolds and a mystery unravels, and at some point, it all starts to make sense. We count on it. Read more

Movie review: ‘La Bare’

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Main Street Films

Director Joe Manganiello takes viewers behind the bump-’n’-grind in La Bare, a fascinating new documentary about the legendary Dallas strip club. Read more

Movie review: ‘They Came Together’

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Lionsgate

David Wain’s They Came Together identifies the tropes of the romantic comedy with uncommon acuity. If only it would stop winking so much. Read more

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