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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Force of Corporate Pressure Brings Down Latest Franchise Entry

Solo: A Star Wars Story with Alden Ehrenreich. The 10th live-action feature in the now 41-year-old Star Wars movie franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story attempts to explain the background of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – first portrayed by Harrison Ford back in 1977. Veteran Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, […]


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'Solo: A Star Wars Story': The Force of Corporate Pressure Brings Down Latest Franchise Entry



'Black Panther' Movie Review: History-Making Superhero Flick Features Phenomenal Michael B. Jordan

Black Panther movie with Chadwick Boseman. Directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, Disney/Marvel's Black Panther is the first big-budget release centering on a black superhero – played by Marshall and Message from the King actor Chadwick Boseman, T'Challa a.k.a. the Black Panther is the ruler of the immensely wealthy, eyepoppingly […]


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'Black Panther' Movie Review: History-Making Superhero Flick Features Phenomenal Michael B. Jordan



'Trouble Is My Business': Humorous Film Noir Pays Homage to 'Touch of Evil' & Other Classics

Trouble Is My Business with Brittney Powell. Co-written by actor/voice actor Tom Konkle, who also directed, and Xena: Warrior Princess actress Brittney Powell, Trouble Is My Business is a humorous homage to film noirs of the 1940s and 1950s, among them John Huston's The Maltese Falcon and Orson Welles' Touch […]


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'Trouble Is My Business': Humorous Film Noir Pays Homage to 'Touch of Evil' & Other Classics



'Detroit': Marketable Thriller Instead of Real-Life Tragedy

'Still-living history' See previous post: “'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow 1967 Riots Depiction 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'.” But I'm a Black American from the 1960s, who knows this history as a history of the lives of my people in this nation. From uprisings in Philly and Harlem, to those in […]


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'Detroit': Marketable Thriller Instead of Real-Life Tragedy



'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow 1967 Riots Depiction 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'

Detroit movie street riot scene: The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow tackles the 1967 Detroit riots in “horribly real” and “deeply self-serving” 2017 release marketed as a “dramatic thriller.” Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' movie: Horribly real semidocumentary or self-serving Hollywood depiction of 1967 Detroit Rebellion? In the […]


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'Detroit' Movie: Kathryn Bigelow 1967 Riots Depiction 'Horribly Real' & 'Deeply Self-Serving'



'Desert Nights': Enjoyable John Gilbert Adventure Dares to Ask Age-Old Philosophical Question

Desert Nights with John Gilbert and Mary Nolan: Enjoyable Sahara-set adventure – which happened to be Gilbert's last silent film – dares to ask the age-old philosophical question, “Is there honor among thieves?” John Gilbert late silent adventure 'Desert Nights' asks a question for the ages: Is there honor among […]


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'Desert Nights': Enjoyable John Gilbert Adventure Dares to Ask Age-Old Philosophical Question



'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy

The Doll with Ossi Oswalda and Hermann Thimig. Early Ernst Lubitsch satirical fantasy starring “the German Mary Pickford” has similar premise to that of the 1925 Buster Keaton comedy Seven Chances. 'The Doll': San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented fast-paced Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring the German Mary Pickford – Ossi […]


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'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy



'Alien: Covenant' Review: 'Prometheus' Sequel Proves Ridley Scott Still Got It + Great Dual Michael Fassbender

Alien: Covenant review: Michael Fassbender plays android brothers David and Walter in this effective sequel to Ridley Scott's muddled Prometheus. 'Alien: Covenant' review: Recapturing 'some of the excitement, awe, and horror' of 1979 original Before we get to Alien: Covenant, a rant about its predecessor, Prometheus. The problem with Ridley […]


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'Alien: Covenant' Review: 'Prometheus' Sequel Proves Ridley Scott Still Got It + Great Dual Michael Fassbender



'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Generally Enjoyable But Beginning to Feel Stagnant?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Chris Pratt as Star-Lord a.k.a. Peter Quill, and Drax (voice by Dave Bautista): When “the pressure to be good isn't as intense as the pressure to not be bad.” 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Entertaining pop culture references help to alleviate James […]


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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Generally Enjoyable But Beginning to Feel Stagnant?



'Boom!' Movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Cinematic Disaster Reappraised

Boom! movie with Elizabeth Taylor: Critically panned box office disaster featuring memorable headwear and situations. 'Boom!' movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton critical & box office bomb reappraised as 'cult classic' fare If you've never seen Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's 1968 vanity production Boom!, don't feel singled out. Boom! […]


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'Boom!' Movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Cinematic Disaster Reappraised



'Logan' Movie Review: Wolverine Hugh Jackman Carries One of the Best Superhero Films

Logan movie with Hugh Jackman as the mutant Wolverine: 20th Century Fox's gamble results in one of the best superhero movies. 'Logan' movie review: 'Wolverine' trilogy concluded 'in surprising and rewarding fashion' The trailer for Logan, the final film in the standalone Wolverine trilogy, is set to Johnny Cash's funereal […]


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'Logan' Movie Review: Wolverine Hugh Jackman Carries One of the Best Superhero Films



'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]


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'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?



Swampland Race Relations: Old Indie Mixes 'Interracial' Love + Vengeance & Voodoo

Swampland race relations in Chloe, Love Is Calling You: Desired by two handsome white men, is Olive Borden black or white? Swampland race relations: Bizarre 'Chloe Love Is Calling You' mixes reactionary ideas & voodoo Whenever I watch a film such as the swampland-set 1934 thriller Chloe, Love Is Calling […]


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Swampland Race Relations: Old Indie Mixes 'Interracial' Love + Vengeance & Voodoo



'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President

Barry Obama (Devon Terrell) reads Ralph Ellison's 1952 sociopolitical novel Invisible Man – not to be confused with H.G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novel The Invisible Man. 'Barry' & me: Finding common ground between this reviewer and U.S. President Barack Obama While thinking about Barry, Vikram Gandhi's 1981-set film about a […]


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'Barry' Obama & Me: Finding Common Ground with the Future U.S. President



'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood 'All-American Hero'

Sully movie with Tom Hanks as US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger: Clint Eastwood homage to the “noble and decent American” threatened by a “heartless government.” 'Sully' movie review: 'Taut, straightforward' drama features Clint Eastwood's latest all-American hero When considering Sully, Clint Eastwood's taut, straightforward account of heroism on trial, it […]


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'Sully' Movie: Tom Hanks Is Latest Clint Eastwood 'All-American Hero'



'Don't Breathe' Movie: Don't Wet Your Seat While Watching Impressive Fede Alvarez Horror Thriller

Don't Breathe movie: Dylan Minnette is a burglar who discovers the hard way that blind man Stephen Lang is not quite like earlier blind film victims Audrey Hepburn (Wait Until Dark) and Mia Farrow (Blind Terror). 'Don't Breathe' movie review: Fede Alvarez succeeds with horror thriller-love story mix Horror filmmaker […]


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'Don't Breathe' Movie: Don't Wet Your Seat While Watching Impressive Fede Alvarez Horror Thriller



'Star Trek: Beyond' Review: Gay Sulu Problematic in 'Most Satisfying' New Series Entry

Star Trek: Beyond with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk: Will movie franchise reboot achieve “escape velocity”? 'Star Trek: Beyond' review: Movie franchise needs to boldly go where J.J. Abrams has never gone before We're never told what “beyond” refers to in Star Trek: Beyond, the 13th film in the venerated […]


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'Star Trek: Beyond' Review: Gay Sulu Problematic in 'Most Satisfying' New Series Entry



'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried: Paul Richter as the tragic dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology – with a bit from Homer's Iliad thrown in. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about […]


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'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy



'It's So Easy and Other Lies': Guns N' Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Roller Coaster Fall and Rise

It's So Easy and Other Lies movie: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, diving into the pits of drug addiction and back. 'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie review: Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan biographical documentary fails to develop unique idea Any rock and roll […]


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'It's So Easy and Other Lies': Guns N' Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Roller Coaster Fall and Rise



'X-Men: Apocalypse' Review: Weaker Film Despite 'Artist' Bryan Singer & Profound Themes

X-Men: Apocalypse with Oscar Isaac a cartoonish presence as the supervillainous title character. 'X-Men: Apocalypse' review: Step back for series, but latest 'X-Men' movie 'works well enough' There's a three-way brawl going on in the Marvel universe, but it doesn't involve Spider-Man, Captain America, or Deadpool. Instead, the combatants are […]


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'X-Men: Apocalypse' Review: Weaker Film Despite 'Artist' Bryan Singer & Profound Themes



'Money Monster' Review: Jodie Foster Message Movie Ruined by Plot Contrivances & Dishonesty

Money Monster with George Clooney and Jack O'Connell: TV celebrity and unwise investor/hostage-taker in Jodie Foster-directed socially conscious drama that is severely handicapped by a mix of pretentiousness and cowardice. 'Money Monster' review: Jodie Foster movie suffers from both qualitative and intellectual disconnect Sometimes there's a difference between what a […]


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'Money Monster' Review: Jodie Foster Message Movie Ruined by Plot Contrivances & Dishonesty



'Captain America: Civil War' Review: Surprisingly Entertaining Not-So-Escapist Summer Fare

Captain America: Civil War: Chris Evans as rogue military leader vs. “Ayn Rand archetype of a self-made man.” 'Captain America: Civil War' review: So good it made film critic & Prince fan forget pop icon's death April 21 '16, 9:53 a.m. – I was sitting down to watch an early […]


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'Captain America: Civil War' Review: Surprisingly Entertaining Not-So-Escapist Summer Fare



'The Boss' Movie: Melissa McCarthy Flounders in Husband Ben Falcone's 'Limp Comedy'

The Boss movie: Melissa McCarthy funny only with certain directors and the right material. 'The Boss' movie review: Melissa McCarthy founders in husband Ben Falcone's 'limp comedy' At this point no one would dispute that Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest people on the planet. However, after the limp […]


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'The Boss' Movie: Melissa McCarthy Flounders in Husband Ben Falcone's 'Limp Comedy'



'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Review: DC Movies' Grim Self-Importance

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: “Grim and ponderous” DC Comics adaptation starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' review: Self-important 'hip and affected pessimism' According to no less an expert then director Zack Snyder, when saying the title of his relentlessly grave, monochromatic, and […]


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'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Review: DC Movies' Grim Self-Importance



'The Aviator' Movie Review: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett Miscast in Heavy-Handed Biopic

The Aviator movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes: Bizarre billionaire bloated biopic. 'The Aviator' movie review: Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent – but not as Howard Hughes Imagine Citizen Kane directed by the Steven Spielberg of The Color Purple, Schindler's List, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. The final result would […]


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'The Aviator' Movie Review: Leonardo DiCaprio & Cate Blanchett Miscast in Heavy-Handed Biopic



'The Fighter' Movie Review: Marketable Real-Life Inspired Drama

'The Fighter' movie stars Mark Wahlberg as boxer Micky Ward: Only key cast member not shortlisted for the Academy Awards. 'The Fighter' movie review: 'Smart' – i.e., 'marketable' – filmmaking David O. Russell's The Fighter is a smart film; smart in the way it's constructed and executed as a means […]


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'The Fighter' Movie Review: Marketable Real-Life Inspired Drama



'Black Swan' Movie Review: Natalie Portman 'Visceral' Downward Spiral

'Black Swan' movie with Natalie Portman: Distraught ballerina goes mad. 'Black Swan' movie review: Natalie Portman rises to challenge in 'most mature' Darren Aronofsky effort Darren Aronofsky has one of the most amazing talents for not only crafting impeccable works of fiction but also for framing these works against the […]


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'Black Swan' Movie Review: Natalie Portman 'Visceral' Downward Spiral



'True Grit' 2010 Movie Review: Much Better Than 1969 John Wayne Western

'True Grit' 2010 movie: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in 'wonderful' Joel and Ethan Coen Western. 'True Grit' 2010 movie review: Joel and Ethan Coen version 'far Superior' to 1969 John Wayne Western I've gotten to the point with the Coen brothers where I just expect something wonderful every time […]


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'True Grit' 2010 Movie Review: Much Better Than 1969 John Wayne Western



'The Grandfather' Movie: Surprisingly Touching Oscar-Nominated Message of Tolerance

The Grandfather: Fernando Fernán Gómez as the irascible 'abuelo' who discovers it's never too late to learn about tolerance and compassion. 'The Grandfather' movie review: Gorgeous, surprisingly effective message of tolerance with strong central performance The Grandfather / El abuelo is a film with a pedigree. It is based on […]


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'The Grandfather' Movie: Surprisingly Touching Oscar-Nominated Message of Tolerance



'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style

'Finding Neverland' movie: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie a.k.a. J.M. Barrie, with the Llewelyn Davies family: Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke Spill. 'Finding Neverland' movie review: Losing reality Back in 2001, German-born director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) brought a much […]


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'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style



'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier Impressive Sci-Fi, Sex Melodrama & Fernand Léger Combo

'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier directed Jaque Catelain and Georgette Leblanc in great-looking (Fernand Léger sets) mix of science-fiction and sex melodrama. Marcel L'Herbier silent 'L'Inhumaine': 'Intense sensory integration of sight' For me, the real jewel in the crown of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's “A Day of Silents,” held on […]


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'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier Impressive Sci-Fi, Sex Melodrama & Fernand Léger Combo



'Crash' Movie Review: Several Excellent Performances in Contrived Ethnically Conscious Drama

'Crash' movie: Ryan Phillippe as a good white Los Angeles cop with subconscious 'racist side.' 'Crash' movie review: California tossin' and turnin' Screenwriter Paul Haggis' multiple award-winning directorial debut, Crash, is set in a Los Angeles that is part Quentin Tarantino, part Paul Thomas Anderson, part Spike Lee, part Bret […]


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'Crash' Movie Review: Several Excellent Performances in Contrived Ethnically Conscious Drama



'Closer' Film Review: Julia Roberts Shines in Perfect Dysfunctional Date Movie

'Closer' film: Julia Roberts in glib 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' redux. 'Closer' film review: The perfect dysfunctional date movie Mike Nichols' first feature film, an adaptation of Edward Albee's acclaimed play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, is a harrowing dissection of two married couples whose inner demons are let […]


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'Closer' Film Review: Julia Roberts Shines in Perfect Dysfunctional Date Movie



'7 Faces of Dr. Lao': Tony Randall Brilliantly Shows Things Are Not As They Seem

'7 Faces of Dr. Lao' with Tony Randall delivering a 'bravura performance': Things are not as they seem. '7 Faces of Dr. Lao' movie: 'Things are not as they seem' Director George Pal's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao surprises on multiple levels: its witty screenplay by Twilight Zone writer Charles […]


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'7 Faces of Dr. Lao': Tony Randall Brilliantly Shows Things Are Not As They Seem



'Mildred Pierce' 1945: Joan Crawford 'Terrific' in Film Noir or Melodrama?

Joan Crawford in 'Mildred Pierce': Best Actress Oscar winner enjoyed a triumphant comeback. 'Mildred Pierce' 1945 movie review: Very entertaining 'soap opera' Time has a way of making some films seem grander than they really are. A good example is Mildred Pierce, the 1945 black-and-white melodrama directed by Casablanca's Michael […]


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'Mildred Pierce' 1945: Joan Crawford 'Terrific' in Film Noir or Melodrama?



Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back

Kitty Gordon: Silent film star with the 'most beautiful' and most heavily insured back. Rediscovering a long-forgotten silent film star: Kitty Gordon It seems almost unthinkable that there are still silent film stars who have not been resurrected, their lives and movies subject to detailed, if not always reliable, examination. […]


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Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back



'Chi-Raq' Movie Review: Spike Lee vs. Chicago Urban Warfare

'Chi-Raq' movie with Teyonah Parris: Spike Lee has set 'Lysistrata' amidst Chicago's urban warfare. 'Chi-Raq' movie review: Spike Lee is back with Greek comedy set in war-torn 21st century Chicago The star of Spike Lee's Chi-Raq is an astounding young actress named Teyonah Parris (Dear White People); she plays Lysistrata […]


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'Chi-Raq' Movie Review: Spike Lee vs. Chicago Urban Warfare



'Trumbo' Movie Review: Bryan Cranston & Helen Mirren Excellent in Hollywood Blacklist Drama

'Trumbo' movie review: Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren superb as left-wing screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and right-wing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. 'Trumbo' movie review: Highly entertaining 'history lesson' toplining an outstanding Bryan Cranston Full disclosure: on the wall in my study hangs a poster – the iconic photograph of blacklisted Hollywood […]


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'Trumbo' Movie Review: Bryan Cranston & Helen Mirren Excellent in Hollywood Blacklist Drama



'Room' Movie Review: Easy to Appreciate, Difficult to Like

'Room' movie with Brie Larson. 'Room' movie review: Easy to appreciate, difficult to like The film Room, adapted by Emma Donoghue from her own 2010 novel, has been the talk of Hollywood since well before it was actually made. Its distributor, A24 (fast becoming the Miramax of its generation), acquired […]


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'Room' Movie Review: Easy to Appreciate, Difficult to Like



'Sorrell and Son' 1927 Movie: Adult Themes in Oscar-Nominated Father-Son Drama

'Sorrell and Son' with H.B. Warner and Alice Joyce. 'Sorrell and Son' 1927 movie: Long thought lost, surprisingly effective father-love melodrama stars a superlative H.B. Warner Partially shot on location in England and produced independently by director Herbert Brenon at Joseph M. Schenck's United Artists, the 1927 Sorrell and Son […]


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'Sorrell and Son' 1927 Movie: Adult Themes in Oscar-Nominated Father-Son Drama



'Steve Jobs' Movie: Michael Fassbender Career-Making Performance in 'Riveting' Biopic

'Steve Jobs' movie poster. 'Steve Jobs' movie: 'Riveting, high speed' biopic starring Michael Fassbender at his best On the outside, computers are clean, symmetrical slabs of molded polycarbonate; pleasant, or at least inoffensive, to look at. On the inside, however, the part most consumers don't see, is a bento box […]


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'Steve Jobs' Movie: Michael Fassbender Career-Making Performance in 'Riveting' Biopic



'Million Dollar Baby' Movie: Clint Eastwood Cliché-Ridden Boxing Melodrama

'Million Dollar Baby' movie with Hilary Swank and Clint Eastwood. 'Million Dollar Baby' movie: Clint Eastwood contrived, overlong drama made (barely) watchable by first-rate central performance Fresh off the enthusiastically received – and insincere – Mystic River, Clint Eastwood went on to tackle the ups and downs of the boxing […]


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'Million Dollar Baby' Movie: Clint Eastwood Cliché-Ridden Boxing Melodrama



'The Martian' Movie Review: Ridley Scott Has Some Greatness Left

'The Martian' movie: Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. 'The Martian' movie review: Ridley Scott still has 'greatness left in him' The Martian is the story of a man in trouble and in desperate need of saving. Brilliant and resourceful, he must marshal all of his creative powers […]


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'The Martian' Movie Review: Ridley Scott Has Some Greatness Left



'Truth' Movie Review: Flawless Cate Blanchett in Compelling But Less-Than-Objective Drama

'Truth' movie: Cate Blanchett as Mary Mapes. 'Truth' movie: Gripping and well-acted drama can't hide '60 Minutes' producer Mary Mapes' role in the 'devolution of TV journalism' The devolution of TV journalism into partisan point-scoring and sophistic bloviating was in full stride by the time 60 Minutes ran its 2004 […]


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'Truth' Movie Review: Flawless Cate Blanchett in Compelling But Less-Than-Objective Drama



'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a […]


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'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies



'Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why…' Review: Barbara Harris Almost Makes One Care

'Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?' with Dustin Hoffman. Long-titled movie 'Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?': Messy filmmaking with one single bright spot To call Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He […]


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'Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why…' Review: Barbara Harris Almost Makes One Care



'Music of the Heart' Movie: Meryl Streep Showcase in Goreless Wes Craven Effort

'Music of the Heart' cast: Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of […]


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'Music of the Heart' Movie: Meryl Streep Showcase in Goreless Wes Craven Effort



'Bread and Butter' Movie: Late Life Virginity and Other Social Anxieties

'Bread and Butter' movie: Christine Weatherup and Bobby Moynihan: Late life virginity can damage your emotional health. 'Bread and Butter' movie review: Late life virginity and other social anxieties in a funny and awkwardly romantic comedy The first insight of debuting feature film director Liz Manashil is that romantic comedies […]


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'Bread and Butter' Movie: Late Life Virginity and Other Social Anxieties



'Affliction' Movie: Nick Nolte-James Coburn Acting Duel in Dysfunctional Family Drama

'Affliction' movie: Nick Nolte as psychotic police officer Wade Whitehouse. 'Affliction' movie: Great-looking psychological drama fails to coalesce Set in a snowy New Hampshire town, Affliction could have been an excellent depiction of a dysfunctional family's cycle of violence and how that is accentuated by rapid, destabilizing socioeconomic changes. Unfortunately, […]


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'Affliction' Movie: Nick Nolte-James Coburn Acting Duel in Dysfunctional Family Drama



'The Sea Inside' Movie Review: Javier Bardem & the Right to Euthanasia

'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his […]


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'The Sea Inside' Movie Review: Javier Bardem & the Right to Euthanasia



'Lord Montagu' Documentary: Anti-Gay Persecution Victim Became Successful Entrepreneur

Lord Montagu documentary. 'Lord Montagu' documentary: Anti-gay witch hunt victim became successful entrepreneur and National Motor Museum founder On first blush, the life of a Lord of the Realm, a Peer to the English monarchy, a child born with an actual silver spoon in his mouth and an ancient estate […]


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'Lord Montagu' Documentary: Anti-Gay Persecution Victim Became Successful Entrepreneur



'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Review: Tom Cruise - The Last Action Hero

'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise. 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation': Tom Cruise, the last action hero There are two impossible missions in the latest Mission: Impossible. The first involves Chechen terrorists, political assassinations, the Vienna Opera House, and a car that unlocks when the user places his hand […]


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'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' Review: Tom Cruise - The Last Action Hero



'Humoresque' 1946: Joan Crawford Saves Boxing vs. Violin-Playing Melodrama

'Humoresque': Joan Crawford and John Garfield. 'Humoresque' 1946: Saved by Joan Crawford Directed by Jean Negulesco from a screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold (loosely based on a Fannie Hurst short story), Humoresque always frustrates me because its first 25 minutes are excruciatingly boring – until Joan Crawford finally […]


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'Humoresque' 1946: Joan Crawford Saves Boxing vs. Violin-Playing Melodrama



'Ant-Man' Movie Review: Marvel 'Just Okay' Entry

'Ant-Man' movie with Paul Rudd: Marvel Cinematic Universe 'minor' effort. 'Ant-Man' movie review: Latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry 'just okay' – but definitely not a 'certified turkey' For those wondering or possibly hoping that Ant-Man was going to be Marvel's first certified turkey, the Cars 2 of their ingeniously planned […]


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'Ant-Man' Movie Review: Marvel 'Just Okay' Entry



'In Stereo' Movie Review: Witty, Sarcastic Romantic Indie Comedy

'In Stereo' movie with Micah Hauptman and Beau Garrett. 'In Stereo' movie review: Witty, sarcastic romantic comedy In Stereo is a particular kind of romantic comedy – the kind full of characters that aren't remotely romantic, that tend more toward wit and sarcasm rather than light or camp comedy (unless […]


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'In Stereo' Movie Review: Witty, Sarcastic Romantic Indie Comedy



Amy Winehouse Documentary: 'Heartbreaking' & 'Impressive' Work

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse documentary: 'Heartbreaking' & 'impressive' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out new school […]


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Amy Winehouse Documentary: 'Heartbreaking' & 'Impressive' Work



'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' with Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black […]


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'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts



'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' Quiz Question: Is CGI (Enough) Magic?

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state of the art CGI equal movie magic? Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of […]


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'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' Quiz Question: Is CGI (Enough) Magic?



Lenny Bruce Movie: Dustin Hoffman Miscast & Valerie Perrine Outstanding in Timid Biopic

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is […]


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Lenny Bruce Movie: Dustin Hoffman Miscast & Valerie Perrine Outstanding in Timid Biopic



'Spy' Movie Review: Melissa McCarthy Carries 'Transgressive' Feminist Statement

Spy movie poster with Melissa McCarthy. 'Spy' movie review: 'Transgressive' feminist statement There's been a lot of talk around the ol' virtual water cooler about the feminist messaging embedded in Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller's riveting, post-apocalyptic free-for-all features the male title character taking a back seat to a […]


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'Spy' Movie Review: Melissa McCarthy Carries 'Transgressive' Feminist Statement



'Teacher of the Year' Movie Review: Smart Comedy with Something to Say

'Teacher of the Year' movie with Keegan-Michael Key. 'Teacher of the Year' movie: Smart and funny socially conscious comedy Teacher of the Year manages to pull off one of the more difficult balancing acts in filmmaking: it actually is smart while still being funny. Teacher of the Year is smart […]


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'Teacher of the Year' Movie Review: Smart Comedy with Something to Say



'Yesterday' Movie Review: Memorable AIDS Drama in Zululand

Yesterday movie: South African AIDS drama with Leleti Khumalo and Lihle Mvelase. 'Yesterday' movie review: Fantastic central performance in South African AIDS drama To date, nowhere has the AIDS pandemic been felt more strongly than in Sub-Saharan Africa, home to approximately 16 percent of the world's population and 70 percent […]


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'Yesterday' Movie Review: Memorable AIDS Drama in Zululand



'The Contender' Movie: Joan Allen Outstanding in Controversial Political Drama

'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama “Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient,” says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. […]


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'The Contender' Movie: Joan Allen Outstanding in Controversial Political Drama



'Sleepless in Seattle' Review: Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan Endless Romantic Yearning

'Sleepless in Seattle' with Meg Ryan as the romantic Annie. 'Sleepless in Seattle' review: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in an affair to forget In Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red, the last installment of his “Three Colors” trilogy, the word “magic” is never bandied about. No need to. Magic is […]


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'Sleepless in Seattle' Review: Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan Endless Romantic Yearning



'Mad Max: Fury Road' Review: Max as Ass-Kicking Heroine's Sidekick

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Review: Max as Ass-Kicking Heroine's Sidekick



'JFK' Movie Review: Oliver Stone Flawed But Riveting Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Paranoia

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'JFK' Movie Review: Oliver Stone Flawed But Riveting Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Paranoia



'The Insider' Movie Review: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health

'The Insider' movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. 'The Insider' movie review: CBS news exposé barks, but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: “It's old news. … We'll be ok,” says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the CBS news show 60 Minutes. “These […]


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'The Insider' Movie Review: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health



'Cast Away' Movie Review: Tom Hanks Excellent in Populist Existential Drama

'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island: 'The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' reboot. 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human […]


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'Cast Away' Movie Review: Tom Hanks Excellent in Populist Existential Drama



'The Fixer' Movie: Preachy & Simple-Minded Drama About the Politics of Anti-Semitism

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'The Fixer' Movie: Preachy & Simple-Minded Drama About the Politics of Anti-Semitism



'About a Boy' Movie Review: Hugh Grant Tragically Discovers His Inner Family Man

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'About a Boy' Movie Review: Hugh Grant Tragically Discovers His Inner Family Man



'A Hatful of Rain' Movie: Script and Hammy Acting Spoil Drug Addiction Drama

'A Hatful of Rain' movie with Don Murray and Eva Marie Saint. 'A Hatful of Rain' movie script fails to find cinematic voice as most of the cast hams it up Based on a play by Michael V. Gazzo, A Hatful of Rain is an interesting attempt at injecting “adult” […]


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'A Hatful of Rain' Movie: Script and Hammy Acting Spoil Drug Addiction Drama



'The Devil Strikes at Night' Review: Serial Killers vs Mass Murderers

'The Devil Strikes at Night,' with Mario Adorf as World War II era serial killer Bruno Lüdke. 'The Devil Strikes at Night' movie review: Serial killing vs. mass murder in unsubtle but intriguing World War II political drama After more than a decade in Hollywood, German director Robert Siodmak (Academy […]


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'The Devil Strikes at Night' Review: Serial Killers vs Mass Murderers



'Being Julia' Movie Review: Annette Bening Bette Davis-ish Showcase

'Being Julia' movie: Annette Bening and Shaun Evans: 'All About Eve' with a London setting. 'Being Julia' movie review: Annette Bening showcase tells us a little about Avice Being Julia movie antecedents: In Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar-winning classic All About Eve, Bette Davis plays Margo Channing, a major Broadway […]


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'Being Julia' Movie Review: Annette Bening Bette Davis-ish Showcase



'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal

'Downfall' movie with Bruno Ganz: Iconic Adolf Hitler. 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, […]


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'Downfall' Movie Review: Iconic Bruno Ganz Hitler Portrayal



'Sideways' Movie: Days of Wine and Losers

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'Sideways' Movie: Days of Wine and Losers



'The Letter' 1940 Movie: Bette Davis' Outstanding Deadly Vixen

'The Letter' 1940, with Bette Davis. 'The Letter' 1940 movie: Bette Davis superb in masterful studio era production Directed by William Wyler and adapted by Howard Koch from W. Somerset Maugham's 1927 play, The Letter is one of the very best films made during the Golden Age of the Hollywood […]


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'The Letter' 1940 Movie: Bette Davis' Outstanding Deadly Vixen



'Fanny and Alexander' Review: Ingmar Bergman Brilliant & Disturbing Film

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'Fanny and Alexander' Review: Ingmar Bergman Brilliant & Disturbing Film



'To Each His Own' Movie Review: Oscar Winner Olivia de Havilland in Classic Tearjerker

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'To Each His Own' Movie Review: Oscar Winner Olivia de Havilland in Classic Tearjerker



'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie Review: Lavish 1971 Political Epic Too Old-Fashioned

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'Nicholas and Alexandra' Movie Review: Lavish 1971 Political Epic Too Old-Fashioned



'Hold Back the Dawn' Movie Review: Olivia de Havilland Steals Spotlight

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'Hold Back the Dawn' Movie Review: Olivia de Havilland Steals Spotlight



'127 Hours' Movie Review: James Franco in Harrowing Real Life Story

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'127 Hours' Movie Review: James Franco in Harrowing Real Life Story



'Munich' 2005 Film: Deeply Flawed But Most Satisfying Steven Spielberg Effort in Decades

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'Munich' 2005 Film: Deeply Flawed But Most Satisfying Steven Spielberg Effort in Decades



'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Review: Marvel Cinematic Universe 'Starting to Wear Thin'

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Review: Marvel Cinematic Universe 'Starting to Wear Thin'



'Selma' Movie Review Presents Politically Salient History in 21st Century

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'Selma' Movie Review Presents Politically Salient History in 21st Century



'Interstellar' Movie Review: Whole Less Than Sum of Ravishing Parts

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'Interstellar' Movie Review: Whole Less Than Sum of Ravishing Parts



Ivor Novello: British Stage Legend & Hitchcock Star in 'Autumn Crocus'

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Ivor Novello: British Stage Legend & Hitchcock Star in 'Autumn Crocus'



'Whiplash' Movie Review: The Devil in J.K. Simmons

'Whiplash' with J.K. Simmons. 'Whiplash' movie review: 'Emotionally explosive film' Damien Chazelle, writer and director of Whiplash, his 2014 Sundance Film Festival-winning second feature, is himself a musical prodigy of sorts. He attended the sort of prestigious musical conservatory his protagonist – played by the acerbic, ascending star Miles Teller […]


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'Whiplash' Movie Review: The Devil in J.K. Simmons



'Love Is Strange' Movie Review: 'Beautiful' Gay Romantic Drama

'Love Is Strange' movie review: Gay romantic drama is 'beautiful in every way' (image: John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in 'Love Is Strange') Love Is Strange is beautiful in every way that a film can be beautiful, and unabashedly so. Yet, despite its willingness to gild the lily for love […]


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'Love Is Strange' Movie Review: 'Beautiful' Gay Romantic Drama



Gender Roles and Social Hypocrisy: THE GIRL IN TAILS

Gender roles and social hypocrisy in 'The Girl in Tail's (image: Einar Axelsson and Magda Holm in 'The Girl in Tails') Poor Katja Kock (Magda Holm)! She spends most of her time serving others: sewing and mending for her brother (Erik Zetterström), humoring her grouchy father (Nils Aréhn), and tutoring […]


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Gender Roles and Social Hypocrisy: THE GIRL IN TAILS



MIDNIGHT MADNESS Movie Lacks 'Midnight' and 'Madness'

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MIDNIGHT MADNESS Movie Lacks 'Midnight' and 'Madness'



'Song of the Fishermen': First Chinese Movie to Win International Award

'Song of the Fishermen': First Chinese movie to win international award depicts social inequalities in China during the Great Depression The story of Cai Chusheng's 1934 drama Song of the Fishermen / Yu Guang Qu, screened at the 2014 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, begins in a small coastal village […]


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'Song of the Fishermen': First Chinese Movie to Win International Award



'Boyhood' Movie Review: Richard Linklater 'Conceptually Brilliant New Film'

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'Boyhood' Movie Review: Richard Linklater 'Conceptually Brilliant New Film'



'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review: Michael Bay Least Aggravating 'Transformers' Movie

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'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Review: Michael Bay Least Aggravating 'Transformers' Movie



'Jersey Boys' Movie Review: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Boring Story

'Jersey Boy's movie review: Great music fails to save Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the 2005 Broadway musical (image: John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons in 'Jersey Boys') Clint Eastwood's semi-historically accurate biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, is based on the […]


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'Jersey Boys' Movie Review: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Boring Story



'Edge of Tomorrow' Review: Tom Cruise Makes Sci-Fi Movie 'Exceptionally Entertaining'

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Review: Tom Cruise Makes Sci-Fi Movie 'Exceptionally Entertaining'



'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (2014) Review: What Other Superhero Movies Lack

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' (2014) Review: What Other Superhero Movies Lack



'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Review: Green Goblin Wasted in 'Mediocre' Sequel

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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Review: Green Goblin Wasted in 'Mediocre' Sequel



'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Review: 'Second Best' Marvel Movie

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Review: 'Second Best' Marvel Movie



NYMPHOMANIAC Movie Review: Lars von Trier an 'Actual Genius'

'Nymphomaniac: Vol. I' movie review: Lars von Trier offers his latest 'little nugget of geniu's (image: Stacy Martin in 'Nymphomaniac: Vol. I') It will be noted long after this review is filed deep in the bowels of some ancient digital archive of dead film critics that Lars von Trier was […]


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NYMPHOMANIAC Movie Review: Lars von Trier an 'Actual Genius'



'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Review: Ralph Fiennes Most Memorable Wes Anderson Character

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Review: Ralph Fiennes Most Memorable Wes Anderson Character