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‘Life of Crime’ can’t catch book’s prose

Some may pine for George Clooney’s chin or Scarlett Johansson’s lips, but no body part should be more envied than Elmore Leonard’s ear.Leonard’s dialogue seemed to have walked in off the street....

September 7, 2014, Sunday

New ‘Sin City’ stylish but cliched

AFTER being clonked over the head in 1944’s “Murder, My Sweet,” Raymond Chandler’s immortal private eye Philip Marlowe wryly narrated the experience of being knocked out: “A black pool opened up at my ...

September 7, 2014, Sunday

Tender look at human relationships

A gay couple who have been together for almost four decades are separated, at least physically, by factors beyond their control in “Love Is Strange,...

August 24, 2014, Sunday

Dump 'Expendables' in the bin

Despite some ruthless new tactics, there’s no saving “The Expendables 3,” the overpopulated third outing of Sylvester Stallone’s all-star action ensemble.Perhaps recognizing its own mortality,...

August 24, 2014, Sunday

‘Let’s Be Cops’ is short on laughs

AT one point during “Let’s Be Cops,” actor Damon Wayans Jr has a scene in which a huge naked man’s groin is inches from his face. That’s a good approximation of what filmgoers will experience during this ...

August 17, 2014, Sunday

‘Giver’ takes too many liberties

AN agreeable young adult riff on Orwell, Phillip Noyce’s “The Giver” greets a man-made Utopia with an eternal question: “If you can’t feel, what’s the point?” Lois Lowry’s 1993 Newbery Medal-winning source ...

August 17, 2014, Sunday

‘Galaxy’ takes cheeky approach

AT the height of their powers, our overlords at Marvel have deigned to prove, like an emperor tolerating a court jester, that they do, in fact, have a sense of humor. The Marvel universe, of course, isn’t ...

August 3, 2014, Sunday

Boseman dazzles in Brown biopic

THERE’S a delicious moment in “Get On Up,” Tate Taylor’s new James Brown biopic, when Brown — played by Chadwick Boseman, in a thrillingly magnetic performance — is about to appear on the T.A.M.I. Show, ...

August 3, 2014, Sunday

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


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