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Film


Grim slog in search for direction

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 veer in 40 different directions. It’s a political ...

April 19, 2015, Sunday


Elevated viewpoints on aging

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 why: The struggle to ...

April 19, 2015, Sunday


Romance fails to light up the screen

EVER since “The Notebook” made moviegoers swoon in 2004, Nicholas Sparks’ name has been synonymous with teary-eyed romance. The author’s latest novel adapted for the big screen, “The Longest Ride,” is ...

April 12, 2015, Sunday


Great story falls flat despite cast

“WOMAN in Gold” has a rich story to tell. The true account of Maria Altmann’s fight to reclaim a famed Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” first stolen by the Nazis and ...

April 12, 2015, Sunday


Horror flick gathers momentum

TWO weeks after opening in just four theaters, the indie horror movie “It Follows” is getting a wide release this week....

April 5, 2015, Sunday


‘Furious’ puts pedal to the metal

VIN Diesel said that the latest “Fast & Furious” film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy — it’s an action flick and it’s a sequel....

April 5, 2015, Sunday


Alien adventure ‘Home’ never kicks into gear

IN “Home,” the latest adventure from DreamWorks Animation, the misfit alien protagonist is called Oh (“The Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons) simply because that’s the resigned reaction everyone has when ...

March 29, 2015, Sunday


A-list stars fail to ignite sparks in ‘Serena’

THE arithmetic on “Serena” is fascinating. Two of the biggest movie stars in the world plus an Oscar-winning director and a best-selling novel somehow add up to a forgettable, under-the-radar video-on-demand ...

March 29, 2015, Sunday


Cinderella given a modern remake

EVERYONE knows the tale of Cinderella. The story of the beautiful girl who is forced into servitude by a wicked step family, transformed for a night by magic, and saved by a nameless prince has been around ...

March 22, 2015, Sunday


‘Gunman’ misses the target

AT one point in “The Gunman,” the new Sean Penn geopolitical thriller, our star goes surfing. It’s supposed to show he has a reckless side, since he’s surfing in unsafe territory, but it seems to have ...

March 22, 2015, Sunday


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