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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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3 yaps

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Starring Ben Stiller and Robin Williams, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is a surprisingly relaxed and sentimental curtain call for the franchise. Continue reading

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3.5 yaps

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

The third installment of the Hobbit series is an engaging sword-and-sorcery tale. It just hasn’t have much to do with J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved book. Continue reading

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4.5 yaps

Wild

Despite a few hiccups, this touching portrayal of grief, self-destruction and healing seamlessly blends the introspective and the epic. Continue reading

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4 yaps

The Homesman

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones give brilliant performances in this bleak rumination on brutality in the Old West. Continue reading

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3.5 yaps

Penguins of Madagascar

The new movie, based on a TV series based on a movie series, is arguably the best movie in the series. Continue reading

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2.5 yaps

Horrible Bosses 2

In this unnecessary sequel, the jokes come fast, fast, fast and mostly miss, miss, miss. Continue reading

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3 yaps

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

“Mockingjay Part 1″ is the rare part one that feels necessary — a massive pivot in tone and story from previous movies that’s also the best of the franchise. Continue reading

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4.5 yaps

The Theory of Everything

Bob Bloom says “The Theory of Everything” is an exceptional feel-good biopic but needs a larger dose of humanity. Continue reading

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4 yaps

Rosewater

This true story of a journalist arrested by the Iranian regime is a solid, if a bit over-earnest, debut for writer/director Jon Stewart. Continue reading

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