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The Equalizer

In lesser hands, “The Equalizer” would seem like exploitative dreck. But Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua give us a relatable hero. Continue reading

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Prisoners

One of the year’s best films, “Prisoners” is a psychological drama/thriller that is wound tighter than an alarm clock ready to go off. Continue reading

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Prisoners

This intricately plotted mystery thriller goes continually sideways from expectations, resulting in a dark, brooding gem. Continue reading

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Olympus Has Fallen

This implausible but highly entertaining thriller was the first of this year’s terrorists-take-over-the-White-House trend. Continue reading

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Oblivion

Forget what the herd said. “Oblivion” is one of the most thought-provoking and engaging sci-fi movies since “The Matrix.” 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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Olympus Has Fallen

This tightly-coiled action/thriller is basically a “Die Hard” spawn, with one lawman trapped in the White House with a bunch of terrorists. Continue reading

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Treme: Season Two

One of my favorite shows on the air has another season full of joy toward the culture of New Orleans and impressive storytelling skills. Continue reading

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Mildred Pierce

James M. Cain’s cautionary tale of pride and motherhood gets the star treatment from director Todd Haynes, a formidable Kate Winslet and an accomplished cast. Continue reading

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Red State

This grimy horror film is a fascinating step forward for director Kevin Smith but a step back for writer Kevin Smith. Continue reading

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