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Movie review: ‘The Tale of the Princess Kaguya’


Hatake Jimusho

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is a marvel of Japanese animation, a hand-drawn, painterly epic that submerges us in a world of beauty. While almost everything about it bespeaks its origins in a culture very different from the West, the delicacy and grace of its subli... Read more

Movie review: ‘The Two Faces of January’


Studio Canal

Ambiguity is the intrigue in The Two Faces of January, the new thriller starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. Read more

Movie review: ‘Horns’



In Horns, Daniel Radcliffe grows a pair. Read more

Movie review: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’


Laurie Sparham

Three of the best actors in the business put on a master class in mystery thriller in Before I Go to Sleep, a lean, twisty-turning tale in the Memento style. Read more

Movie review: ‘Missionary’


Freestyle Releasing

Back in the late ’80s/early ’90s, there was a small wave of movies about disturbed, obsessed women careening into people’s perfect lives and wrecking them. Fatal Attraction, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Read more

Movie review: ‘The ABCs of Death 2’


Magnet Releasing

That miss-or-hit collection of horror shorts, The ABCs of Death becomes more hit or miss with its sequel, ABCs of Death 2. Read more

Movie review: ‘Whiplash’


Sony Pictures Classics

Actor J.K. Simmons is unforgettable in this drama about a dictatorial school band leader and his headstrong student. Read more

Movie review: ‘Birdman’


Fox Searchlight

At the beginning of Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton’s brooding, jittery Riggan Thomson, a Hollywood star faded from view, is in the lotus position, in his underpants, meditating. In his own mind at least (and isn’t that wh... Read more

Movie review: ‘John Wick’



Ever since The Matrix, Keanu Reeves has tried to reinvent himself as a full-tilt, face-smashing, spine-stomping action star who can kick backside as much any rival from Asia. He comes closest to his goal in John Wick, a martial-arts and au... Read more

Movie review: ‘Dear White People’


Roadside Attractions

Justin Simien’s Dear White People has made a big splash since hitting the festival circuit earlier this year. Even though racial polarization has been in the news, it’s not something that movies have had the nerve to touch. Read more

Movie review: ‘23 Blast’


Ocean Avenue Entertainment

23 Blast tells a fact-based story about a star high school football player in Kentucky who gets a killer infection and ends up, in a matter of hours, completely and irreversibly blind. It’s about a kid without a care in the world, whose entire sense of himself ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Ouija’


Ouija is a dead teenager movie aimed squarely at a teen audience. Read more

Movie review: ‘Last Days in Vietnam’


Kim Ki Sam

Sometimes the stories we think we know, the stories where we don’t want to hear another word, turn out to be the most involving of all, the ones we in fact know the least about. So it is with Last Days in Vietnam. Read more

Movie review: ‘Exists’



It comes as no surprise that some of the folks who made The Blair Witch Project, the definitive “found footage” horror film, do a solid job with Exists, a found-footage Bigfoot thriller. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Blue Room’


Sundance Selects

Like a corpse about to be autopsied, the mystery that is laid bare by The Blue Room hardly requires even the economical 76 minutes that director Mathieu Amalric expends on it. Two naked philanderers, played by Amalric and his real-life partner, Stéphanie Clé... Read more

Movie review: ‘Listen Up Philip’


Tribeca Film

Listen Up Philip is a frustrating and shallow film, which is ultimately fitting since the title character so personifies these qualities to the point you want to punch him in the face — or strangle yourself for watching this unlikeable doofus for 108 minutes. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Book of Life’


Twentieth Century Fox & Reel FX

Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead may seem like a somber celebration as the focal point of a children’s animated film. However, the roots of the Mexican holiday that typically spans from Halloween through All Saints’ Day revolve around the essence of what brings familie... Read more

Movie review: ‘Fury’


Sony Pictures

The relentless barrage of heavy-handedness in David Ayer’s World War II tank drama Fury begins immediately. A lone horseman approaches on the grim horizon of a foggy, corpse-strewn battlefield. Out of the muck leaps a man who pulls the rider down and savagely b... Read more

Movie review: ‘St. Vincent’


The Weinstein Co.

If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and St. Vincent is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we’d focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures. Read more

Movie review: ‘Art and Craft’

Is Mark Landis the only art forger who puts his paintings into Wal-Mart frames? That may be the least of his eccentricities, as we learn in Art and Craft, a droll documentary that may remind you of Errol Morris’ work. Read more

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