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Christopher Nolan’s ruminative space odyssey falls short of lofty goals, but it’s still an oft-mesmerizing journey — even if you can’t always hear the dialogue. Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I’ve appreciated the scope and splendor of the “Hobbit” adaptations. But if I were to give a two-word review of the final installment, it’s “too much.” Continue reading

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Ridley Scott’s version of “The Ten Commandments” has no reason for existing, and we needn’t bother watching it. Continue reading

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One of the more overpraised films of 2014, “Foxcatcher” is a deeply odd character exploration that eventually gets lost in its own dirge-like fog. Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

Mercifully shorter than its predecessors, “Mockingjay” nonetheless has a low thrills-to-doldrums ratio, with really only one action sequence to carry momentum. Continue reading

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The best movie of 2014 hits video, (hopefully) just in time to bask in its multiple Academy Award wins. Continue reading

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V/H/S Viral

The third in this found-footage series of horror films missteps badly; is it out of ammo, or does it just need to reload? Continue reading

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Life Itself

Roger Ebert’s life had all the ingredients for a great movie. And “Life Itself” is that movie. Continue reading

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“Laggies” features a brilliant trio of actors and a novel premise, but then doesn’t know what to do with them. Continue reading

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The Judge

Two great performances by Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall are overshadowed by a raft of secondary characters and needless subplots. Continue reading

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