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Class of 1995: “The City of Lost Children”

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s arrival as a fairytale filmmaker extraordinaire finds him, with a rapscallion’s wit, pulling back the tent to welcome us inside his wild mind. Continue reading

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Poltergeist (2015)

This rejiggering of the 1982 classic is reminiscent of “Poseidon” or 2005’s “The Amityville Horror” — a significantly shorter simulacrum that works on its own single-serving terms.
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Mad Max: Fury Road

An instant classic and an unforgettable, habit-forming rush you’ll crave continuously to mainline the reason we go to movies in the first place. Continue reading

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Hot Pursuit

Texas is a big state. By the time the credits roll on “Hot Pursuit,” you’ll feel like you’ve crossed it by car and taken the scenic route. Continue reading

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Class of 1985: “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome”

Despite its introduction of the immediately iconic Thunderdome arena, this Mad Max tale can’t quite bridge a directorial split. Continue reading

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Furious Seven

It respectfully sends off Paul Walker amid momentum microbursts, but “Furious Seven” feels more like joyless, obligatory due diligence than a fun thrill ride. Continue reading

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The Gunman

An ill fit for Sean Penn on fronts of art and altruism, “The Gunman” plays like something the actor, co-writer and producer probably loathes: “voluntourism.” Continue reading

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Run All Night

Wheezing, limping and lumbering all night much more than it runs, Liam Neeson’s most arthritic action movie to date isn’t one with a number wedged in its title. Continue reading

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Chappie

“Chappie” is neither the easy kind of bad nor the sort from which co-writer / director Neill Blomkamp can’t bounce back … but damn, does it hurt to watch. Continue reading

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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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