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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

2.5 yaps

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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Dumb and Dumber To

Although it’s hardly a personal record for anyone involved, “Dumb and Dumber To” shows that sporadic and unsteady can still finish the race, too. Continue reading

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Class of 1984: “The Terminator”

Even flying by the seat of his skinflint pants, James Cameron created a classic — one so embedded in our culture it feels like we’ve had it more than 30 years. Continue reading

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John Wick

“John Wick” holds no candle to Keanu Reeves’ holy trinity of action films, but it should count as time off for good behavior from his stint in movie jail. Continue reading

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