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  1. Overnight sensation is 15 years in the making

    Now that the Chris Pratt hysteria of a few weeks back has somewhat died down, let's try to take an objective look at things.

  2. Review: Ultra-violent 'Sin City' sequel is ultra-repetitive

    'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is ultra-stylized, ultra-violent and ultra-repetitive. It covers the same ground Robert Rodriguez's and Frank Miller's 'Sin City' did in 2005, to diminishing returns.

    • 5:14 PM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Review: 'If I Stay' filled with young love, tragedy and bushels of corn

    Like 'The Fault in Our Stars,' 'If I Stay' is a teen angel movie a film in which a teenager grapples with great tragedy and the specter of early death.

    • 5:09 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Review: Two unlikely friends left running on empty in 'Are You Here'

    'Are You Here' too closely resembles its lead character aimless, offbeat and a bit too taken with its own empty charm.

    • 5:02 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Review: 'Game Stands Tall' is 'Friday Night Lite'

    'When the Game Stands Tall' is a solid, if unsurprising and uninspiring, melodrama built around high school football, faith-based, but 'Friday Night Lite.'

    • 5:07 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    Review: 'Code Black' could use a few choice sutures

    Underfunded and overworked. Buried in paperwork and hamstrung by regulations. Heroic efforts on a daily basis just to stay afloat.

    • 4:52 PM, Aug. 21, 2014
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    'Calvary' priest takes toll on Brendan Gleeson

    When Brendan Gleeson was not quite 7, a Catholic boy growing up in Dublin, he had it all figured out.

  3. Review: 'Land Ho!' follows two old friends reviving their lives in Iceland

    'Land Ho!' relies on its own oddball charm and the beauty of Iceland to pull you in. Luckily, they're a fine if decidedly low-key combination.

    • 1:48 PM, Aug. 17, 2014
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    Turtles' tops weak debut for 'Expendables 3

    New York Moviegoers shelled out for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' while Sylvester Stallone's action ensemble 'The Expendables 3' was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut.

  4. 5 upcoming events for some cultural salvation

    Culture can be exhausting.Just think of what's ahead. Another 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie. A parade of 'Star Wars' sequels. But today I am resolved to be positive. Thus my list of five cultural events I'm actually looking forward to.

    • 1:47 PM, Aug. 15, 2014
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    'The Giver' is a work of fiction, but still rings true

    'The thought that you could erase all the pain and suffering, all the conflict, all the worst of human behavior is a little seductive,' director Phillip Noyce said, acknowledging that the 'dysfunction' portrayed in 'The Giver' is far from black and white.

  5. Review: In 'The Giver,' human spirit prevails in an oppressive future

    As adapted by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide and directed by Phillip Noyce, the movie is alternately a cautionary tale, a story of redemption and a salute to the human spirit, even as it questions the wisdom of that spirit.

    • 6:58 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Review: Brains would do brawn some good in 'Expendables 3'

    The problem with the 'Expendables' films is they've never been as fun as they should be. They collect a dream team of pumped-up action legends but aren't quite sure what to do with them. That's what happens in 'The Expendables 3.'

  6. Review: 'What If' is classic romantic woe with pixie dust sprinkles

    What if you went to a romantic comedy, thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't remember much about the story the next day? That's fine because 'What If' flies by on the instant and lasting chemistry between leads Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan.

  7. Review: 'Calvary's' premise suffers for the sins of its plot

    Brendan Gleeson delivers a typically towering yet warm performance in 'Calvary.' Too bad the movie's something of a mess.

    • 7:13 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    Review: 'Let's Be Cops' suffers arrested development

    The laughs are loud, lewd and low in 'Let's Be Cops,' a spoof of cop 'buddy pictures' that is pretty much the definition of 'an August comedy' (where August is ...

    • 7:17 PM, Aug. 14, 2014
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    'Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe wants to alter his career

    While he's abandoned period garb and geeky hairstyles in 'What If,' Daniel Radcliffe is not the guy the leading lady (Zoe Kazan) is initially interested in. ...

    • 9:50 AM, Aug. 13, 2014
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    Actress Lauren Bacall lived incredible life

    Lauren Bacall had one of those incredible lives. The wife and co-star of Humphrey Bogart. A Tony Award-winning actress. A National Book Award-winning author. A ...

    • 1:47 PM, Aug. 10, 2014
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    Cowabunga! 'Ninja Turtles' bring box-office power

    Los Angeles 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' sliced off $65 million at the weekend box office.

    • 6:42 PM, Aug. 8, 2014
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    Like a chef, Helen Mirren's work is full of passion

    Dame Helen Mirren begins with a food metaphor when talking about her latest film, 'The Hundred-Foot Journey': 'A film is like a souffle.'Obviously, it mustn't ...

    • 6:55 PM, Aug. 8, 2014
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    Review: 'Step Up All In' offers little more than choreography

    Five films and eight years into the unlikeliest of film franchises, 'Step Up' returns. And along with one of the stars, we're all asking, 'What are we still ...

    • 1:38 PM, Aug. 8, 2014
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    Chef in 'Hundred-Foot Journey' serves up a feast for the eyes

    When chef Floyd Cardoz arrived in France last year, he knew he'd spend most of his time cooking. What he didn't expect was a quest for the perfect Hollywood ...

    • 6:16 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
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    Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' bulk up bodies, action, fun

    The trailers for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' the latest reboot of the film series based on the popular children's cartoon (based on the popular comic book ...

  8. Book series to continue 'Frozen' adventures

    New York The adventures of sisters Anna and Elsa of 'Frozen' fame will continue, at least on paper.

  9. Review: Best wait for 'Into the Storm' to blow over

    As disaster movies go, 'Into the Storm' is fairly disastrous itself. Not the special effects, understand. No, the problem with 'Into the Storm' is the nonstorm ...

  10. Review: 'I Origins' finds the balance between science and spirit

    Whether soft connective tissue or screeching dissonance, modern cinema seems set on exploring the relationship between science and spirituality. The trend ...

  11. Review: 'Five Star Life' makes for a two-and-a-half star film

    One of those rambling European films with little plot but lots of atmosphere, 'A Five Star Life' follows Irene as she goes about her business, which is ...

    • 6:24 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
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    Review: 'Mood Indigo' is insanely playful

    To call Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' visually inventive is not even scratching the surface, something like characterizing Apple as a company that's had a ...

    • 2:42 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
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    'Batman v. Superman' filming lands in downtown Detroit

    The lunchtime routine of workers and residents in downtown Detroit was interrupted by a couple caped crusaders today as filming for 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn ...

    • 6:16 PM, Aug. 7, 2014
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    Review: 'Hundred-Foot Journey' goes to a good place

    Cultures and kitchens collide, ever so gently, in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey,' director Lasse Hallstrom's warmhearted adaptation of author Richard C. Morais' ...

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