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Movie review: ‘The Drop’

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Twentieth Century Fox

The silly summer season is officially over. With the arrival of The Drop, a disturbingly dark little thriller that wears its tension like a badge, the fall film season has arrived with a deadly bang. Read more

Movie review: Dolphin Tale 2

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MCT

It’s hard to top the story of how a wounded dolphin is saved by a prosthetic tail and a team of heroes. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Pirates’

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PSH

The Pirates is the latest in the line of swashbuckling period epics from South Korea, hot on the heels of The Admiral: Roaring Currents and Kundo: Age of the Rampant. All of them have been huge hits at home. Read more

Movie review: 'Wetlands'

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Strand Releasing

The movie Wetlands treats the human body as a metaphorical swamp, oozing with blood, spittle and other secretions and excretions. By my count, at least a half dozen of them are examined in glorious Technicolor in this funny, sweet and filthy German dramedy about a tee... Read more

Movie review: ‘God Help the Girl’

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Sundance Institute

The lively, playful, self-aware musical God Help the Girl has such a will-o’-the-wisp quality you fear it will disappear if you attempt to fence it. Writer-director Stuart Murdoch called it “our little hymn to the possibility of healing in music” ... Read more

Movie review: ‘Frontera’

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Magnolia Pictures

The contentious policy debate over the U.S.-Mexico border forms the backdrop to Frontera, a contemporary crime drama that brings together characters from both sides of that porous geographic line. At once understated and slightly pulpy, the film comes down squarely on... Read more

Movie review: ‘Five Star Life’

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Music Box Films

For a single woman who loves to travel, the job is a dream: Check into a luxe hostelry in the Alps, or on the Mediterranean, or in the posh precincts of an Old World burg, sample the cuisine, the amenities, then file your report for the rating service that employs you. Hotel critic — not a... Read more

Movie review: ‘Love Is Strange’

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Sundance Institute

The strangest thing about Love Is Strange, with its perfect pairing of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a long-committed couple finally able to legalize their relationship in a lovely New York City garden wedding, is how little it is about gay marriage. Read more

Movie review: ‘Innocence’

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© 2014 Scion Pictures

Director/writer Hilary Brougher creates a suitably gray and bleak atmosphere in Innocence, a haunted-school story based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Jane Mendelsohn. But there’s not much of a payoff, as this tepid film telegraphs its mild punche... Read more

Movie review: ‘No No: A Dockumentary’

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Sundance Institute

Dock Ellis was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and other teams during baseball’s turbulent and flamboyant 1970s. Read more

Movie review: ‘Life After Beth’

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Greg Smith

Zach loved Beth — past tense. But his girlfriend put in her earbuds, trekked off up into the hills and … something happened. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Longest Week’

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Gravitas Ventures

The considerable charms of Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde get a considered workout in the lightly charming New York romance The Longest Week. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Identical’

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Freestyle Releasing

A musical mashup of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis biography and myth, The Identical plays like a failed faith-based Inside Llewyn Davis. And that’s the closest thing to a compliment it will get. Read more

Movie review: ‘As Above, So Below’

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Universal Pictures

They’re going to have to start issuing licenses to all these filmmakers who insist on shooting their movies in the shaky-cam “found footage” format. Maybe have the Blair Witch guys and Oren “ Paranormal Activity”... Read more

Movie review: ‘Kundo: Age of the Rampant’

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Well Go Entertainment

Kundo: Age of the Rampant may be unknown to the broader American public, but for fans of South Korean cinema, it’s already legendary. The film debuted in its home country this year with an Read more

Movie review: ‘The Trip to Italy’

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Sundance Institute

Less than 10 minutes have elapsed in The Trip to Italy before its loquacious protagonists are tearing apart the very idea of sequels. Read more

Movie review: ‘Frank’

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Magnolia Pictures

Llewyn Davis, the struggling folk singer at the center of Inside Llewyn Davis, had a cat that he didn’t particularly want. Frank, the struggling avant-garde rocker at the heart of the movie bearing his name, has a giant papier-mache head that he can’t li... Read more

Movie review: ‘To Be Takei’

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Amplify Releasing

In case you missed it, it’s George Takei’s America. We’re just living in it. And getting his autograph. Read more

Movie review: ‘The Discoverers’

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Quadratic Media

There’s something about the idea of that quintessentially modern mensch Griffin Dunne ( After Hours, Dallas Buyers Club) in a period piece that doesn’t connect. Read more

Movie review: ‘The November Man’

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Relativity Media

Pierce Brosnan’s perfect hair barely budges in the breeze. He fixes his eyes in that narrowed, steely stare and you remember, yes, he was a pretty good James Bond. Read more

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