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  1. Review: Tense 'The Guest' is a killer of a movie

    'The Guest' is a welcome entry to the murder machine film genre. It's not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but director Adam Wingard brings a nice, measured tension to the script before letting all heck break loose.

  2. Review: 'My Old Lady' deftly juggles somber, silly and sweet

    At first, 'My Old Lady' seems to just have a twinkle in its eye, but the film takes on some surprising heft as it moves along.

    • 6:17 PM, Sep. 16, 2014
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    Free screenings of Sundance faves to play at varied local venues

    The Sundance Institute is packing its bags and heading to Detroit as it takes a bit of its signature film festival's magic on the road.

    • 7:40 PM, Sep. 15, 2014
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    Rita Moreno reflects on Oscar-winning role in 'West Side Story'

    Rita Moreno played the key role of Anita, and her sizzling performance, the unwilling go-between for the doomed Maria and Tony, earned her an Oscar. She'll be attending three screenings this weekend at the Redford Theatre.

    • 2:23 PM, Sep. 14, 2014
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    'No Good Deed' defeats 'Guardians' at theaters

    Los Angeles — It took a murderous Idris Elba and a pair of dolphin buddies to defeat 'Guardians of the Galaxy' at movie theaters.

  3. Jennifer Aniston up for an Oscar? Toronto film festival shows the possibilities

    Some final notes and thoughts from this year's Toronto International Film Festival: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Felicity Jones are likely Oscar nominees, as are several men.

  4. Review: 'The Drop' rises on its talent and affection

    A story of puppy love among neighborhood toughs, 'The Drop' mixes mean streets and malice with awkward affection and dialogue with nary a false phrase or turn to be found.

    • 1:32 PM, Sep. 12, 2014
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    Review: 'Dolphin 2' is a warmly immersive adventure

    Containing all the elements that made the 2011 original boy and his dolphin story a hit with audiences and critics, Charles Martin Smith's 'Dolphin Tale 2' is another engaging film inspired by the real-life inhabitants of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

    • 4:20 PM, Sep. 12, 2014
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    Review: Assaultive 'No Good Deed' comes out at just the wrong time

    Screen Gems ignores the Ray Rice controversy and national conversation about violence against women with 'No Good Deed,' a brutal thriller about, you guessed it, a 'malignant narcissist' committing all sorts of violence against women.

    • 7:04 PM, Sep. 11, 2014
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    'Young Frankenstein' has new life on 40th anniversary

    Director Mel Brooks spent a lot of money on white handkerchiefs while making his 1974 tour de farce, 'Young Frankenstein,' now on Blu-ray.

    • 7:05 PM, Sep. 11, 2014
    • Movies

    Noomi Rapace and Dennis Lehane talk about teaming up for 'The Drop'

    Here is Noomi Rapace, the original Swedish 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' analyzing the fictional world of working-class poverty and crime that novelist ('Mystic River,' 'Shutter Island,' 'Gone Baby Gone') Dennis Lehane creates.

    • 7:06 PM, Sep. 11, 2014
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    Ray Liotta dug deep to play a preacher in 'The Identical'

    Ray Liotta just wanted to have fun. Back in the 1970s, the Jersey boy got wind that the University of Miami had a party reputation, and he wanted in.

    • 7:28 PM, Sep. 10, 2014
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    'Dolphin Tale' kids return for sequel

    The two young players sound perfectly sincere when talking about Clearwater Aquarium's little disabled dolphin and how the movie they made about her changed their lives.

  5. Good, great movies are showing at Toronto International Film Festival

    The big news, as expected, midway through this year's Toronto International Film Festival is that there is no big news. There are, however, plenty of good, and some great, films.

    • 7:56 PM, Sep. 5, 2014
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    Toronto Film Fest's makeover keeps fans returning

    Movie fans might shell out $20 and wait in line at a film festival to indulge their love of the big screen. Those willing to spend $1 million in Toronto get ...

  6. Fall film schedule offers a range from serious to silly

    When it comes to the year's film schedule, 2014 appears to be saving much of the best for last. But Hollywood never forgets to just have fun. Which makes for a ...

  7. Review: 'Last of Robin Hood' is a tawdry tale too familiar to fly

    The film 'The Last of Robin Hood' is doomed by a poor casting choice and a too-familiar tale of a pushy stage mother. On the other hand, it does serve as a ...

  8. Review: 'Falcon Rising' filled with clichés

    Broken bodega robbery? Check. Bad guy's head pushed down in a toilet? Check. Ostensible good guy turns out to be bad? Check. Bouncer taken out with one kick to ...

    • 7:47 PM, Sep. 4, 2014
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    Review: 'The Identical' is a missed opportunity

    All of the elements were there to make 'The Identical' a toe-tapping, soul-touching salute to the King. But one missed opportunity after another leaves it ...

    • 7:36 PM, Sep. 4, 2014
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    Review: 'Innocence' is too innocent to scare anybody

    Sadly, that lack of urgency hangs over the entire film, a draggy 90 minutes or so which no finale can transform into something scary or compelling.

  9. Review: 'Trip to Italy' finds two comics bouncing around the country

    'The Trip to Italy' is the funniest movie of the year. If you're of a certain bent. Or if you're just bent. But best not be much interested in plot, since ...

    • 5:58 PM, Sep. 3, 2014
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    Chloe Grace Moretz tackles life and death in 'If I Stay'

    Chloe Grace Moretz is spending a lot of time pondering life's transitions. At 17, it's not too soon for her to wonder about that generally awkward leap to more ...

    • 11:03 PM, Sep. 1, 2014
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    Reclaiming John Wayne: The Duke's 10 best

    John Wayne was a great actor. There, I said it. It may get me thrown out of certain intellectual circles, it may cause some to wonder about my politics, but ...

  10. Toronto International Film Festival: A fine time to play Where's Oscar?

    It's uncertain whether Oscar will be attending this year's Toronto International Film Festival. What is certain is that there will be the annual deluge of ...

    • 7:05 PM, Aug. 29, 2014
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    'Ghostbusters' still 'makes you happy,' director says

    'Ghostbusters' director Ivan Reitman came up with the seminal tag line 'Coming to Save the World This Summer' for the film's pre-release poster as a way of ...

  11. Review: 'Frank' strikes some seriously odd chords

    'Frank' is an odd little rock-and-roll fable likely destined to become a cult hit for late night stoners everywhere. That's because the title character wears a ...

    • 7:48 PM, Aug. 28, 2014
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    Review: 'As Above, So Below' only so-so horror mash-up

    'Abandon all hope, ye who enter here,' is the inscription uncovered by treasure hunters in the horror flick 'As Above, So Below.' But the warning could easily ...

  12. Review: 'Life of Crime' can't find pulse behind its kooky characters

    Director-screenwriter Daniel Schechter transforms Elmore Leonard's novel 'The Switch' into the film 'Life of Crime,' a movie that plays out in the goofy caper ...

  13. Review: Witty and wise 'May in the Summer' ponders love, family

    'May in the Summer' is a lovely meditation on family and love with crossing cultures and second thoughts.

    • 6:51 PM, Aug. 27, 2014
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    Michael Fassbender gets a big head in 'Frank'

    'It was the maddest thing I'd ever read,' Michael Fassbender says of the screenplay for 'Frank,' in which an aloof, avant-garde rock singer spends his entire ...

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