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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


Smith and Robbie shine in ‘Focus’

IF the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on — when of course you haven’t a clue — that’s also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn’t it? ...

March 8, 2015, Sunday


‘Second Best’ sums it all up

IF you’re going to do a movie sequel that doesn’t quite measure up to the original and seems cobbled together, well, OK. Many filmmakers have done the same. But actually putting the words “Second Best” ...

March 8, 2015, Sunday


Paean to BDSM is painful viewing

Curious? The posters for “Fifty Shades of Grey” coyly ask. Whether or not you’re one of the 100 million who bought, and presumably read, EL James’ kinky book, the buzz alone surrounding this “Twilight” fan fiction turned international phenomenon is enough to pique the interest of a rock. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is inherently spectacle. ...

February 15, 2015, Sunday


SpongeBob making a splash

Would that all of our brains resembled that of SpongeBob SquarePants — and we’re talking about his actual brain, like, the cerebral matter somewhere inside that porous yellow body....

February 15, 2015, Sunday


Fresh style works for ‘Birdman’

Director Alejandro Inarritu says the only way to communicate the struggle between a celebrity and his ego in “Birdman” was through long, uninterrupted shots that move at the pace of life....

February 1, 2015, Sunday


‘Sniper’ shows polarization of society

Clint Eastwood’s hit film “American Sniper” has reignited a bitter debate about the US invasion of Iraq and one of its most famous warriors, with conservatives hailing the movie as a long overdue tribute...

February 1, 2015, Sunday


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