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Film


Stellar cast can’t keep ‘Train’ on track

THE problem with “The D Train” isn’t the performances. Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor are wonderful in their respective roles. The issue is the story. It’s not just uneven, ...

May 24, 2015, Sunday


Big themes weigh down ‘Aloft’

“aloft” is not an easy film. Peruvian director Claudia Llosa’s meditative, generation-spanning drama about a falconer (Cillian Murphy) on a journey to find his healer and artist mother (Jennifer Connelly) ...

May 24, 2015, Sunday


‘Pitch Perfect’ hits all the right notes

“WHO run the world? GIRLS!” sing those irrepressible Barden University Bellas, channeling Beyonce, in “Pitch Perfect 2.” And yes, they sure do run the world. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 ...

May 17, 2015, Sunday


‘Mad Max’ drives at full throttle

THE silences in “Mad Max: Fury Road” are unsettling. The moments are few and infrequent, but it’s not until the fiery roar of the engines and the thrashing of the guitars are suddenly stripped away that ...

May 17, 2015, Sunday


‘True Story’ well made but misguided

MICHAEL Finkel’s journalism career, torpedoed by a partly fabricated story, had just bottomed out when a phone call came asking why a man accused of murdering his wife and three children in Oregon was ...

April 26, 2015, Sunday


A visionary sci-fi thriller is born

CINEMA has always been fascinated by androids. From “Metropolis” to “Blade Runner,” the juxtaposition of humans next to their artificial form has provided endless hours of stories that can be as exhilarating ...

April 26, 2015, Sunday


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


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