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Demolition Jake Gyllenhaal Naomi Watts


A well-intentioned film about the nuances of grief, "Demolition" tries its best to avert cliches but is largely unsuccessful.
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He Named Me Malala

Surprisingly family-friendly for a dark topic, this documentary about a teen crusader who survived an attempt on her life is an inspirational rallying cry.

Chorus movie 2015


This acclaimed tale of loss and reconnection is a mixed bag: equal parts compelling and heavy-handed.
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The Gallows

"The Gallows" is high school horror with a cheese factor turned up to 11, whose silliness almost overwhelms its genuine sense of fear.

annie 2014 - quvenzhane wallis, jamie foxx


Years in the making, the modern-day adaptation of the classic musical has many enjoyable moments, plus a whiz-bang performance from its young star.
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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Films with fully developed elderly characters shouldn't be a rarity, but this charming sequel highlights how scarce, and welcome, they are.

Reese Witherspoon as "Cheryl Strayed" in WILD.


Despite a few hiccups, this touching portrayal of grief, self-destruction and healing seamlessly blends the introspective and the epic.
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If I Stay

This romantic melodrama and YA novel adaptation is geared toward the teenage set but has qualities adults can appreciate.

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Jesse Hutch, “Joy Ride 3”

"Joy Ride 3" star Jesse Hutch chats with Yapper Lauren Whalen about his new film, stunts and action stardom, and getting snapped in half.
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The Grand Budapest Hotel

After his last few misfires, Wes Anderson strikes gold with this elegant and enjoyable mix of European darkness and existential light.

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Veronica Mars

This labor of love is catnip for fans of the gone-but-not-forgotten cult TV series about a fierce schoolgirl turned PI.
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Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Director Wes Anderson, along with cast and crew of "The Grand Budapest Hotel," discussed the film at a post-screening Q&A at Chicago's Music Box Theatre.

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About Last Night

This reboot is both sitcom-y and superfluous but has some sweet spots.

Romeo and Juliet

The latest film adaptation of Shakespeare's star-crossed love story is dull as dishwater at best, linguistically offensive at worst.