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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

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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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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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Whiplash

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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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is a cookie-cutter family comedy with multiple laughs but zero heart.
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The Homesman

If not for a meandering third act, I’d call “The Homesman” a standout Western. Two top-notch performances still make it worthwhile. 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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