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The Purge

A shotgun marriage between real and fictional fearmongering that invites you to the wedding, lets you decide on which side to sit, and definitely omits a sermon. Continue reading

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Now You See Me

If a trick really is something a whore does for money, “Now You See Me” is a cut-above illusion that plays fanciful, fast and loose, but more or less fair. Continue reading

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Class of 1993: “Last Action Hero”

Driven less by mammoth ego and more by wild, unchecked id, “Last Action Hero” works as a riotous comedy and a rigorous case study of why we go to the movies. Continue reading

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Furious 6

“Furious 6″ elevates the rejuvenated series into saga territory — an automotive “Avengers” as suffused with sincerity as it is bereft of pretenses. Strap in. Continue reading

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Parker

“Parker” isn’t run-of-the-mill. It’s the work of misfits who broke into a mill shuttered on the edge of town and fired up machines without knowing how they work. Continue reading

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Jack Reacher

Exactly the sort of well-paced, whip-smart thriller everyone bemoans a lack of but rarely pays to see, Tom Cruise’s “Jack Reacher” gets a second shot on Blu-ray. Continue reading

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Class of 1993: “This Boy’s Life”

In “This Boy’s Life,” Leonardo DiCaprio’s leading-role debut, he acts as if announcing his career’s mission statement — indicative of inevitable stardom. Continue reading

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Gangster Squad

Blunt and brisk in its own inoffensive way, “Gangster Squad” is still a piece of meathead cinema and one that’s mostly sizzle, no steak. Continue reading

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Oblivion

“Oblivion” makes some ill-advised narrative decisions and largely wastes Tom Cruise, but a curious combination of analog patience and digital prowess saves it. Continue reading

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Class of 1983: “The Outsiders”

Despite great moments, “The Outsiders” feels like two movies awkwardly thrown together by an auteur who was adapting to being cowed by bankers and executives. Continue reading

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