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Class of 1995: “Stuart Saves His Family”

Upending expectations of the “Saturday Night Live” subgenre, “Stuart Saves His Family” is good enough and smart enough to paint a seriocomic portrait of misery. Continue reading

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2

The Platonic ideal of a sorta-welcome comedy sequel we didn’t need, “HTTM 2″ proves some bottles aren’t built to hold much more than a single bolt of lightning. Continue reading

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Two Days, One Night

A social drama with real sting & a commanding turn by Marion Cotillard, this is a fascinating field study of life on the financial fringes of the working class. Continue reading

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Quick Takes: Jan. 30

Nick Rogers offers some quick takes on a trio of new movies that opened this weekend — “The Loft,” “Black or White” and “Project Almanac.” Continue reading

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A Most Violent Year

There have been many pretenders to Sidney Lumet’s vacant throne. Here is a thoroughly engrossing heir — with plenty of meat on its bones and ice in its veins. Continue reading

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Class of 1985: “The Falcon and the Snowman”

Although this biopic is mostly engaging, the truth of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee’s lives may be stranger and stronger than its historical fiction. Continue reading

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Nick’s Top 25 Movies of 2014

From what was an uncannily great year for movies, Nick picks his 25 favorites of 2014. Continue reading

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Blackhat

Because we know the muscularity of which Michael Mann is capable, something so flabby feels frustrating — even as it’s bleak, brooding, beautiful and watchable. Continue reading

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Tak3n

“Tak3n” picks up where the series disappointingly left off — Liam Neeson as more badass than dadass — but at least the actor makes a go at his character again. Continue reading

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Inherent Vice

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s witty, wise and ambitious film falls just shy of stoned immaculate, but comes awfully, and entertainingly, close. Continue reading

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