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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

Movie review: ‘Wolf Creek 2’

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Mark Rogers

Australian director/writer Greg McLean’s 2005 horror film Wolf Creek earned kudos for being heads, shoulders and other body parts above films of its type and so, nearly a decade later, he returns for a brutal but often chilling and darkly humorous sequel. Read more

Movie review: ‘Chef’

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Merrick Morton

Jon Favreau is one of Hollywood’s most well-liked big-budget director-producers. Having the “Iron Man” films on the résumé will certainly do that. Even an expensive misstep like Cowboys & Aliens doesn’t... Read more

Movie review: ‘The German Doctor’

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Samuel Goldwyn Films

Josef Mengele, the psycho-butcher-pervert doctor of the Third Reich, escaped Germany and justice altogether, by fleeing to South America at the end of World War II. The German Doctor, directed by Lucia Puenzo, who adapted her own novel, dramatizes a semi-fictional inc... Read more

Movie review: ‘For No Good Reason’

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Sony Pictures Classics

For No Good Reason, a well-intended biographical film about Ralph Steadman, famed for the outrageous, acidic caricatures he created to accompany the writings of Hunter S. Thompson, is best suited for Steadman fanatics. Viewers who are lukewarm (or worse) about the ill... Read more

Movie review: ‘Particle Fever’

Watching a film won’t make you smarter, but if there ever was one that could, it would be Particle Fever, a movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you’re watching it. Read more

Movie review: ‘Neighbors’

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AP

It’s tough being a hip new parent, balancing life-changing responsibility while maintaining a healthy respect for youthful indiscretion and staying current enough to know the difference between Young Jeezy and Young the Giant. Read more

Movie review: ‘Belle’

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Dallas International Film Festival

In last year’s biographical 12 Years a Slave, race trumped class as Solomon Northup — a free, educated, middle-class black man living in 19th century New York — found himself dragged into Southern bondage, his status unable to protect him. Read more

Movie review: ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’

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Clarius Entertainment

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a harmless but almost charmless adaptation of a book by L. Frank Baum’s grandson. It’s a derivative hash of grandpa’s story, set in the present day, given forgettable new tunes by pop songsmiths such as Br... Read more

Movie review: ‘Moms’ Night Out’

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TriStar Pictures

Faith-based films have have become downright commonplace this year. But faith-based comedies? Comedies that work? That’s still a very short historical list — the George Burns blockbuster Oh God and Andy Griffith’s Angel in my... Read more

Movie review: ‘Devil’s Knot”

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Tina Rowden

If it existed in a vacuum, Devil’s Knot would be a competently made, moderately intriguing procedural about the murder of three young boys in a small Arkansas town. But this fictionalization of the famous West Memphis Three case — in which a group of loc... Read more

Movie review: ‘Stage Fright’

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Serendipity Point Films

It would have been too much to expect Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright to live up to its positively giddy first 15 minutes. But sooner or later, the gore was coming to the fore of this blend of backstage musical, and Scream 1, 2, 3, and 4. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’

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MCT

Comic-book superhero movies come in two general varieties. There are those just for the fans, the ones who know all the origin stories and miscellaneous characters as if they were their own names. Then there are others that appeal to both diehards and neophytes, those who wouldn’t know the... Read more

Movie review: ‘Locke’

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AP

If the longest journey begins with a single footstep, then for Ivan Locke — on a tense nighttime drive from the north of England into London — it starts with a single phone call. Read more

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