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  • FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015

    ‘Mommy’ challenges, rewards

    It’s easy to judge her. Diane Despris is 40-something, wears her skirts too short, her jeans too tight (and too bedazzled) and her blouses open a bit too low. She’s …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015

    ‘Business’ fits low-brow mold

    In the years since he strutted onto the scene – lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute – in Doug Liman’s “Swingers” (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015

    ‘Mockingjay’ continues engaging ‘Games’ saga

    What’s new to watch this week on pay-per-view and streaming services: Pay-per-view / video on demand


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2015

    ‘Big Hero 6’ scores big points for visuals

    This week’s new DVD releases include top-notch animated offerings for young an old. • “Big Hero 6,” A-minus: Young genius uses a robot to solve a mystery in this animated …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2015

    Sparks don’t fly in ‘Focus’

    The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us not to believe anything we see up on screen – relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2015

    A tale of beauty, sadness

    Every scene is magical, every image a work of art in “Song of the Sea,” the latest Oscar-nominated feature from the folks who gave us “The Secret of Kells.” “Sea” …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2015

    ‘Lazarus’ is horror done right

    “The Lazarus Effect” is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul. Mark Duplass (“Safety Not Guaranteed”), a mainstay of indie cinema’s microbudget …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

    Cultures clash to unsettling effect

    “Timbuktu” is a picturesque nightmare, a quiet, beautiful and chilling account of a city under the rule of Islamic jihadists. They briefly seized the ancient city in Mali a couple …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

    Costner keeps drama running

    His name is Jim White. He’s a coach. But that last name is all the students – his prospective athletes – need to know at McFarland High School. “White. That …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

    Lead lacks charisma needed for romance

    The faith-based romance “Old Fashioned” is a slow, preachy romantic comedy countering the kinky “love” of “Fifty Shades of Grey” with love from Corinthians. “Love is patient, love is kind. …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

    Animated fairy tale has ancient roots

    “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 …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

    ‘Everything’ captures Hawking’s early life

    Two of last year’s top movies – both dealing with great minds trapped inside frail bodies – are new on DVD this week. “The Theory of Everything,” A: Eddie Redmayne’s …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2015

    New service streams classics, cult faves

    What’s new to watch this week on pay-per-view and streaming services: There’s a new streaming option vying for your attention. Shout! Factory, which made its mark in the DVD and …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2015

    Moore anchors drama

    Julianne Moore walked away with the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama – beating out the likes of Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl,” Felicity Jones in “The Theory …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2015

    Comic book tale is February filler

    The Spy Who Amused Me, James Bond, has abdicated that title. That’s the gap the Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons comic “The Secret Service” leaped into, and it’s territory that feels most …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2015

    Oscar contenders bring pain, misery

    Apparently, members of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences documentary branch, who choose the nominees for best documentary short and feature every year, believe that if a film …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015

    Reeves gets job done in action-packed ‘John Wick’

    Keanu Reeves’ comeback and a new twist on an old story are among new DVD releases this week. • “John Wick,” B: Keanu Reeves turns in one of his most …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015

    Sci-fi mess fails to ascend

    The Wachowskis cash their last blank check from Warner Brothers with “Jupiter Ascending,” an excruciatingly empty chunk of eye candy that spends over two hours trying to convince us they’re …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015

    Cotillard embodies struggle in ‘Days’

    “Put yourself in my place.” It’s a line heard a number of times in “Two Days, One Night,” the exquisitely simple and moving new film from Belgium’s Dardenne brothers. It’s …


  • FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015

    Giggle-soaked flick fit for kids

    Spongebob Squarepants goes where Homer Simpson and others have gone before, an animated character who steps out of his colorful 2-D world and into our 3-D one, in “The Spongebob …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015

    Film stumbles over found-footage style

    What have we done to deserve another found-footage movie? The hand-held technique that seemed so fresh in 1999 with “The Blair Witch Project” long ago wore out its welcome. The …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015

    Thriller nails grim, gritty ’80s NYC

    Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) wants to be a real American man. When we meet him, he’s striving to fulfill the dreams of many immigrant Latinos, speaking his New York City …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015

    Law’s in his element, but ‘Sea’ drifts

    His hair is thinning and his features are thickening, and Jude Law is evolving into a more interesting actor as this happens. He’s more at home in tough guy roles …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015

    ‘Black and White’ review: Drama deals with race while having fun

    “Selma” wasn’t the only film about race to get short shrift from Oscar voters this past year. “Black or White” is a frank, touching and well-acted melodrama about child custody …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

    ‘The Boy Next Door’ is scary bad

    Jennifer Lopez’s new movie, “The Boy Next Door,” is cheesier than a Chicago double topping deep-dish pizza. From the profoundly absurd idea that anyone married to a woman who looks …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

    ‘Accidents’ bares town’s wounds

    In “Little Accidents,” a drama set in a West Virginia coal-mining town, a boy, a woman and a man become inextricably and painfully linked in the aftermath of a mine …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

    Aniston’s performance sells ‘Cake’

    A comedy that barely flirts with funny and a grim weeper that never quite raises a tear, “Cake” has one thing going for it: Jennifer Aniston. And if she didn’t …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015

    Where action stumbles, styling saves cyber thriller

    Michael Mann’s “Blackhat” begins with the camera slowly descending from above Earth, diving down into a nuclear facility, and submerging into the underlying, twisting maze of electronic circuitry. A single, …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015

    Cooper keeps cool as ‘Sniper’

    The acting drops away from Bradley Cooper’s performance as “deadliest American sniper” Chris Kyle. Cooper bulked up, kept a pinch between his lower lip and jaw and became a man …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015

    ‘Ringer’ does its comedic job

    “The Wedding Ringer” is “Wedding Crashers Redux,” a “Hangover Lite” that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart’s persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps “Ringer” …


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