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Movie review: ‘In Secret’

Think of Therese Raquin, the Emile Zola novel that is the inspiration for In Secret, as the original film noir. It has an illicit love affair, a murder and the guilt and fear of discovery that comes with it. Read more

Review: 2014 Oscar-Nominated Short Films, Animated

The nominations in the Oscars’ animated shorts category this year range from fairy-tale fantasy to flight of futuristic fantasy. Read more

Review: 2014 Oscar-Nominated Short Films, Live Action

How to beat this horrendous arctic cold spell? Just slip into your shorts — the live-action and animated ones nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards. It’s a particularly good crop in both categories. Read more

Movie review: ‘About Last Night’

Film review About Last Night

AP

About Last Night is daring and gutless at the same time. It’s daring in that it’s a romantic movie that’s willing to be coarse. It’s gutless in that it refuses to paint any of its characters in a negative light, even temporarily. As a resul... Read more

Movie review: ‘Endless Love’

Kids, this is not your parents’ Endless Love. Read more

Movie review: ‘Winter’s Tale’

Mark Helprin’s 30-year-old fantasy novel Winter’s Tale saunters onto the screen as a lovely but slow and emotionally austere experience, a romantic weeper that shortchanges the romance and the tears. Read more

Movie review: ‘A Stranger in Paradise’

A Stranger in Paradise is a generic crime thriller with lots of pretty people, some of whom aren’t the world’s best actors, in an exotic locale. Nothing new to see here. Read more

Movie review: ‘RoboCop’

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MCT

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s original 1987 RoboCop, in which man was merged with machine to fight lawlessness, was a savvy slice of science fiction that not only tapped into the era’s fear of crime but also gave viewers a neat send-up of corporate con... Read more

Review: ‘The Lego Movie’ builds on emotions

Film Review The Lego Movie

AP

As a parent, it’s easy to be cynical about a film based on a toy. Will you be bombarded with a 90-minute infomercial that by the end of the sell will cost you more than the price of the movie ticket? Read more

Movie review: ‘The Monuments Men’

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Columbia Pictures

They don’t make ’em like The Monuments Men anymore. Read more

Movie review: ‘You Will Be My Son’

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The most quietly terrifying presence in film today belongs to a gray-haired, 64-year-old French actor with a Danish name. If you are familiar with Niels Arestrup’s work, you don’t need any convincing. If you’re not, You Will Be My Son is all the p... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Attorney’

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Well Go USA

The South Korean film The Attorney is misleading. From the poster and the first half-hour, the film gives the impression that it’s going to be a rather light t... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Outsider’

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The Outsider doesn’t break the action movie mold in any way but it is an efficient little, low-budget crime thriller that has the good sense to not overstay its welcome. Read more

Movie review: ‘Gloria’

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Roadside Attractions

There is a naturalistic charm to the truth-telling going on in Gloria, Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s near-perfect film about the very imperfect world of a divorced woman of a certain age. Read more

Movie review: ‘Welcome to the Jungle’

It’s great that Jean-Claude Van Damme can make light of his tough-guy image and he’s certainly the selling point for Welcome to the Jungle, a comedy about an Outward Bound-style corporate retreat on a deserted island that devolves into Read more

Movie review: ‘That Awkward Moment’

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MCT

No doubt, Tom Gormican, writer/director of the rom-com That Awkward Moment, would be pleased if viewers lumped his feature debut with the likes of, say, 500 Days of Summer, an exuberant, sweet, 20-something love story with real heart beati... Read more

Movie review: ‘Labor Day’

In Labor Day, a woman falls in love with the man who takes her hostage, but the movie goes out of its way to make that journey easy for her. He’s an escaped convict, but wouldn’t you want to escape prison too? And he’s a murderer, except maybe he&... Read more

Movie review: ‘Mother of George’

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Oscilloscope Pictures

It’s not often that you feel a filmmaker’s unmistakable presence from the moment a film begins. It takes about 60 seconds before the elegant Mother of George has you firmly inside the world it has created. Read more

Movie review: ‘At Middleton”

There’s a whole genre of youth movie, the one-great-night genre, in which two young people meet, share romance and adventure, and look up to realize that their lives have changed entirely over the course of a few hours. At Middleton is the middle-aged equivalen... Read more

Movie review: ‘Big Bad Wolves’

The best endorsement any director can hope for is to have Quentin Tarantino call his revenge-thriller the best movie of the year, which is what happened when Big Bad Wolves screened at the Busan Film Festival. Tarantino’s hearty approval is a marketing campaign... Read more

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