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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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Class of 1984: “Once Upon a Time in America”

In its proper form, Sergio Leone’s magnum opus becomes a masterpiece of haunting introspection, temporal misdirection, potent symbolism and unremitting power. Continue reading

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Big Eyes

Disabuse yourself of the “automatic awards contender” notion, and simply enjoy this peppy, punchy, poignant and powerfully acted surprise from Tim Burton. Continue reading

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Annie (2014)

“Never slow your roll,” Annie is told in this modern-day update. Here’s hoping Quvenzhané Wallis heeds the advice, too. She’s all that treats instead of tricks. Continue reading

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Class of 1984: “Supergirl”

With catastrophe rotting the marrow of its bones, “Supergirl” exemplifies why we should be OK with waiting to ensure we get a great female superhero movie. Continue reading

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