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  • FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

    ‘Aloha’ may be Crowe’s goodbye

    Cameron Crowe fans – and that includes most movie critics – have cut him a lot of slack over the years. Our love for “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous” and “Jerry …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

    ‘Granite’ provides family-friendly fare

    What’s new to watch this week on pay-per-view and streaming services: New to Netflix is the series “ Granite Flats .” Set in the Cold War tensions of the early …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

    ‘Kill’ faces realities of drone warfare

    Form matches content in “Good Kill,” a movie about the desensitizing effects of drone warfare. Repeated, suffocating scenes of remote warfare make you acutely aware of the soul-draining despair felt …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

    Film offers dose of futuristic hope

    Coming on the heels of the brutally dystopian vision of what’s to come glimpsed in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the jet packs and “Jetsons” gleam of the charming if preachy …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

    ‘Crowd’ explores classic’s depths

    Like optimistic Jane Austen, brooding Thomas Hardy wrote about 19th century England’s big three – romance, finance and real estate. “Far From the Madding Crowd,” Hardy’s story of unrequited longing, …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

    Doc lauds individuality of an icon

    She was never a great beauty, a model or magazine editor, never married anybody famous. But somehow, Iris Apfel was anointed a New York “fashion icon.” That Apfel achieved this …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

    ‘Sniper’ highlights Cooper’s talent

    A film nominated for best picture at the Oscars and the final season of a popular network series are the top choices for new DVD releases. “American Sniper,” A-minus: A …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015

    Actress Julianne Moore brings nuance to role of Alzheimer’s struggler

    What’s new to watch this week on pay-per-view and streaming services: Pay-Per-View / Video On Demand


  • FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

    ‘Black or White’ tells both sides

    A movie about race relations, an Oscar nominee and a sexually charged offering top this week’s new DVD releases. • “Black or White,” B: Films that deal with race issues …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

    Black struggles to pull off uncool

    In “The D Train,” Jack Black plays a guy who never forgot his first high school “man crush.” Dan Landsman was the awkward lump nobody remembers. And the object of …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

    Masterful portrait of reclusive artist, Victorian England

    There’s a painstaking perfectionism in the stunning landscapes of England’s J.M.W. Turner, and in “Mr. Turner,” England’s greatest filmmaker in the field of grumpy eccentrics, Mike Leigh, gives us a …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

    ‘Dior’ goes behind scenes but keeps insider’s view

    What happens when a self-described “menswear specialist” and “minimalist” champion of the “skinny black suit” takes over one of the most fabled fashion houses of Paris? Read no further if …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

    Photographer’s lens shows difficult reality

    Watching “The Salt of the Earth,” the compelling new documentary about photographer Sebastiao Salgado, it becomes clear early on just how odd it is to experience Salgado’s work on someone …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

    ‘Selma’ delivers powerful tribute

    Academy Award nominee “Selma,” a powerful drama about the landmark 1965 march through Alabama to demand voting rights for African-American citizens, humanizes American history with an intelligent portrait not just …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015

    Still in pursuit of laughs

    Cheap, short and slow, “Hot Pursuit” is a comedy that never lets you forget that pairing Sofia Vergara with Reese Witherspoon should have worked better than this. A mismatch-misfire badly …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

    Drama explores aging, art

    The aging actress has always been a deliciously potent subject for movies, from Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” to Margo Channing in “All About Eve” and way beyond. It’s clear …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

    Performances drive war story

    The century-old open wound of Gallipoli, Australia’s ill-fated entry into World War I, makes a vivid and grim backdrop for Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner,” a sensitive and sentimental story …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

    Personal stories make strong documentary

    This week’s new DVD releases range from amazing to awful. • “Last Days in Vietnam, ” A-minus: Rory Kennedy’s film spends very little time on the political angles of the …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

    Doc paints deep, magical portrait

    Ethan Hawke’s documentary on pianist Seymour Bernstein is very much like the sonatas Bernstein plays so beautifully, teaches so insightfully – quietly moving, infinitely deep. With “Seymour: An Introduction,” the …


  • FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

    Force of the Franchise

    It will surely stand as one of the most peculiar and possibly ironic entries in a director’s filmography that in between Joss Whedon’s two “Avengers” films there reads “Much Ado …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    Review: ‘White God’ dogs face grim fate

    Budapest, Hungary, has a serious PR problem thanks to the movie “White God.” The film, a grimly dark satire, depicts a city of serious dog haters – from ordinary apartment …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    Review: ‘Doubt’ puts climate crisis in dire terms

    Spoiler alert: There’s no magic moment of hope at the end of “Merchants of Doubt.” This documentary, the first to zero in on how and why the global climate change …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    Review: ‘Adaline’ charming, somber, surprising

    Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so “The Age of Adaline” falls neatly into a genre that …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    Review: ‘Honest Liar’ gives glimpse of skeptic’s life

    “Magicians are the most honest people in the world. They tell you they’re going to fool you and then they do it,” the Amazing Randi says at the start of …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    DVD roundup: Classic ‘Escape’ features Russell’s growling Snake

    Pickings are slim for new DVDS this week. • “Escape from New York” (Collector’s Edition) , A-minus: The fact that this movie gave the film world the character of Snake …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    Review: Tech-age caution ‘Machina’ stays compelling

    “Ex Machina” is an “Island of Dr. Moreau” for the singularity era. It’s a cerebral, chilling and austere thriller that stokes our fears about digital privacy and artificial intelligence, a …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    Review: ‘Dancer’ fights against artistic repression

    “So you are an artist,” an Iranian member of the Basij, the country’s paramilitary morality police, hisses at the hero of “Desert Dancer,” who is about to be punished. “Beat …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

    Review: ‘Boy’ a step above faith-based fare

    Racism and religion, hatred and friendship, bullying and war, atomic bombs and the consequences of using them – heavy stuff to pack into a faith-based film. And one aimed at …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

    ‘Monkey Kingdom’ both cute and brutal

    “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute macaque …


  • FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

    Movie review: Thriller ‘Child 44’ pulls in too many directions

    The best-selling novel “Child 44” by Tom Rob Smith runs well over 400 pages, and that’s perhaps the first hint as to why the movie based on it seems to …


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