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Lazy loser discovers killer instinct

THE likeable awkward chemistry of Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg remains intact in “American Ultra,” a violent stoner action-comedy that’s half “Pineapple Express,” half “The Bourne Identity,” and ...

August 30, 2015, Sunday


Missing target with tired trope

THE idea of the high-tech, emotionless super-soldier is so popular in movies, it’s practically a convention. The “Terminator” and “Bourne” franchises, and even last year’s animated “Big Hero 6,” imagine ...

August 30, 2015, Sunday


N.W.A biopic moves to its own beat

THE shotgun blast of fury that first emanated from South Central Los Angeles in 1988 still packs a punch. The new, very much authorized biopic of N.W.A, “Straight Outta Compton,” aims to cement the legacy ...

August 23, 2015, Sunday


Stylish spy flick lacks substance

IT’S not until the climax of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” a colorful, Cold War-era spy thriller, that its main failing becomes clear: the plot doesn’t matter. The characters don’t care. The script doesn’t ...

August 23, 2015, Sunday


Female coming-of-age story feels fresh

IN “Diary of a Teenage Girl,” a bell-bottomed California 15-year-old girl comes of age in 1970s San Francisco. She documents the transition she’s been craving, narrating into a tape recorder her eager ...

August 16, 2015, Sunday


Superhero flick a ‘Fantastic’ flop

I’LL admit it. About an hour into “Fantastic Four,” the inexplicably plodding and dreary new attempt to adapt the beloved Marvel story, I started thinking about Ethan Hunt from “Mission: Impossible.” ...

August 16, 2015, Sunday


Streep, Kline shine in family drama

Early on in “Ricki and the Flash,” Ricki (Meryl Streep) gets a call that disarms her before she’s even decided to pick it up. With smoky eyes, braided rocker hair and a swagger that suggests skin that’s ...

August 9, 2015, Sunday


‘The Gift’ gives on several fronts

Nobody likes a bully. Especially a past victim with a long memory. Figuring out who’s the bully and who’s the victim is part of the mystery in “The Gift,” a satisfying directorial debut from writer, producer ...

August 9, 2015, Sunday


Post-WWII drama sizzles with tension

OUT of the ashes of summer moviegoing emerges a masterpiece. “Phoenix,” by the German filmmaker Christian Petzold, is a post-World War II drama set in Germany where the bombed-out streets of Berlin are ...

August 2, 2015, Sunday


Poor script kills alien invasion

THE most believable element in “Pixels” is that alien video-game creatures could attack our planet. The core concept is clever — space aliens misunderstand a recording of old video-games as a declaration ...

August 2, 2015, Sunday




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