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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’



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


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’

Film Review Monuments Men

Columbia Pictures

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

Movie review: ‘You Will Be My Son’


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’


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’


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’


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’



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’


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

Movie review: ‘The Square’

The Square — nominated in the feature documentary category at this year’s Oscars — is a powerful film about the would-be revolution that began in 2011 with protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Much of the movie’s force comes from perso... Read more

Movie review: ‘I, Frankenstein’


Lionsgate Films

Aaron Eckhart bears a distressing resemblance to the not late/not great Christopher Lambert in I, Frankenstein, a graphic novel movie goof on the man-made monster. Gaunt, scowling, covered in scars and sporting fingerless gloves, a tattered hoodie and biker boots, thi... Read more

Movie review: ‘Gimme Shelter’

Film Review Gimme Shelter

Roadside Attractions via AP

Vanessa Hudgens is running away from her G-rated, High School Musical past so quickly that she hasn’t always looked where she was going. Read more

Review: ‘Lone Survivor’

Film Review-Lone Survivor


A grim chapter in Navy SEALs history earns a heroic, no-punches-pulled accounting in Lone Survivor, an above-average action outing for Mark Wahlberg & Co. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Past’

Film Review The Past


Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi made a global splash with the film A Separation, which won the Oscar for a foreign-language film in 2012. But that movie’s title could easily apply to his latest work, The Past, in which all th... Read more

Movie review: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

Film Review Jack Ryan


Having clung to the Russians as go-to villains long after the Cold War thawed, the movies find themselves current again with their favorite archenemy. Read more

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