Posts Tagged ‘movie review’
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45 Years

An unsettling portrait of a long marriage slowly unraveling after secrets are unearthed and buried hurts bubble to the surface.
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Hail, Caesar!

A schizophrenic send-up of old Hollywood without much narrative semblance, "Hail, Caesar!" is more evidence the Coens forgot how to be funny.

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Kung Fu Panda 3

One of those rare animated flicks intended for kids but with enough cleverness and little flourishes to keep the adults engaged, too.
The Finest Hours

The Finest Hours

A drama based on a famed rescue from the annals of the Coast Guard that is pedestrian and formulaic in its presentation.

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2015 Oscar-Nominated Short Films — Live Action

Reviews of all five Oscar-nominated short film for live action: "Shok," "Ave Maria," "Stutterer," "Day One" and "Alles Wird Gut (Everything Will Be OK)."
"Sanjay's Super Team" Comes to the Con — Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Grindle are taking Pixar Animation Studios' new short to San Diego's Comic-Con International next month for its North American premiere and a peek behind the scenes of the production process. The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short "Sanjay's Super Team," slated for Thurs., July 9 at 11 a.m. in the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront, reveals the unique inspiration for this incredibly personal film that features superheroes like never before. The short debuts in U.S. theaters in front of Disney-Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" on Nov. 25, 2015.

2015 Oscar-Nominated Short Films — Animated

Reviews of all five Oscar-nominated short films for animation: "Bear Story," "Sanjay's Super Team," "Prologue," "We Can't Live Without Cosmos" and "World of Tomorrow."

Dirty Grandpa - featured

Dirty Grandpa

Robert De Niro and Zac Efron do the "Hangover" thing, playing a hard-partying grandfather and his tag-along grandkid.
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The 5th Wave

It's hardly the worst or the best of the YA sci-fi book-to-film invasion. But "The 5th Wave" can't escape the sense of a cut-rate knockoff.

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The Revenant

Unlike 2014's overrated "Birdman," "The Revenant" shows how filmmaking technique can transform a simple story and work in service to its performances.
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Sleeping with Other People

Maybe the best romantic film of the year, blending romantic, comedic and dramatic elements so deftly we don't work to label it.

The Big Short - featured

The Big Short

Simultaneously very angry and very funny, "The Big Short" reveals how we all lost in a rigged game we didn't even know was being played.
Sisters - featured


Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may be great at fake TV news shows and emceeing award programs, but their film work — including "Sisters" — is spotty.

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The Danish Girl

Though it skirts the historical record, "The Danish Girl" has the powerful veneer of greater truth.
Midnight Run

Buried Treasures: Midnight Run

It’s funny, full of action, and the loose ends of the plot are finalized in one big showdown scene. This one’s a crowd-pleaser.