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Quick Takes: Jan. 30

Nick Rogers offers some quick takes on a trio of new movies that opened this weekend — “The Loft,” “Black or White” and “Project Almanac.” Continue reading

4.5 yaps

A Most Violent Year

There have been many pretenders to Sidney Lumet’s vacant throne. Here is a thoroughly engrossing heir — with plenty of meat on its bones and ice in its veins. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

Class of 1985: “The Falcon and the Snowman”

Although this biopic is mostly engaging, the truth of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee’s lives may be stranger and stronger than its historical fiction. Continue reading

3 yaps

The Boy Next Door

This thriller could have been an artful tale of adultery, but it dodges moral questions and delivers pure popcorn fun. Continue reading

3 yaps

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

2.5 yaps

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

4 yaps

The House at the End of Time

“The House at the End of Time” is an entertaining and suspenseful puzzle whose pieces don’t match the formulaic horror film pictured on the box. Continue reading

4 yaps

A Most Wanted Man

A solid film in its own right, “A Most Wanted Man” will be remembered as a fitting capstone to the tragically shortened film career of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

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

4 yaps

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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