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2.5 yaps

Strange Magic

“Strange Magic,” a passion project of George Lucas, is a lifeless romp through the enchanted forest. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

American Sniper

Clint Eastwood’s tour de force war film takes inside the eagle’s eye perspective of a prodigious killer who took lives with precision and anguish. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Still Alice

“Still Alice” is one of the most life-affirming movies I’ve ever seen. There is beauty and truth in that aching. Continue reading

4 yaps

Selma

A good but hardly great film, “Selma” earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination seemingly more for the weight of its historical subject than any aesthetic merits. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Paddington

“Paddington,” dumped into theaters earlier this year with little fanfare, is actually the best family film so far in 2015. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

The Babadook

Using a clever mix of paranoia and special effects, “The Babadook” is one of the most chilling and original horror films of recent years. Continue reading

4.5 yaps

Big Eyes

Director Tim Burton ditches the remake game for an original piece, and the result is a delicious funny/sad tale with top-notch performances. Continue reading

3.5 yaps

A Most Violent Year

Most other critics found this 1980s crime-and-punishment drama worthy. But I was put off by its circuitous plotting and unrealized themes. Continue reading

4 yaps

Interstellar

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

3.5 yaps

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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