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Apes steal the show in reboot

DIGITAL characters have by now long populated our movies like unwanted house guests. Some of these CGI inventions, like Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings,” have been pleasant, even precious company. But ...

July 20, 2014, Sunday

‘Boyhood’ charms its way through life

EARLY in “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater’s bracingly original, utterly enthralling new film about the passage of time through the lens of one boy’s life, the characters are at a real Houston Astros game. ...

July 20, 2014, Sunday

Cranking up the volume

CRASH. Shatter. Boom. Crash. Shatter. Boom. Smattering of silly dialogue. Pretty girl screams: “Dad!” Crash. Shatter. Boom. Silly dialogue. “DAD!!!” Crash. Shatter. Boom. What? Oh, sorry. We were falling ...

July 6, 2014, Sunday

‘Begin Again’ charms in quiet manner

“BEGIN Again” sees Irish writer-director John Carney on a larger canvas, revisiting themes from his 2006 indie hit “Once.” The chief theme he explores is the emotional connectivity of music. Swapping ...

July 6, 2014, Sunday

Dragon sequel packs a punch

YOU thought it was tricky to train a dragon? It’s even trickier to take a much-admired animated film and make a sequel that feels satisfying and worthwhile. And it’s harder still to balance the competing ...

June 15, 2014, Sunday

Cruise flick feels vaguely familiar

THE time-shifting sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow” has encapsulated what it is to be a summertime moviegoer. We’re dropped into a battlefield of digital effects with the fate of the world at stake. ...

June 15, 2014, Sunday

New Release

Snowpiercer A failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet. The final survivors board the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine. When cryptic ...

June 15, 2014, Sunday

‘Words’ relishes in fun dialogue

IF it wasn’t for the charming top-liners who can make literary dialogue sound sexy in their sleep, the war in Fred Schepisi’s “Words and Pictures” would have to be called off after the opening skirmish. ...

June 1, 2014, Sunday

Infantile humor ruins Sandler flick

TO say that the new Adam Sandler movie, “Blended,” is better than some of his other recent work — “Jack and Jill,” for example — isn’t saying much. After all, some natural disasters cause less damage ...

June 1, 2014, Sunday

Box office (Shanghai cinemas May 19-25)

“X-Men: Days of Future Past” debuted in Shanghai on May 23. Three days after its release, it reached the top for weekly box-office earnings. The latest movie in the X-Men franchise attracted more fans ...

June 1, 2014, Sunday


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