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Interstellar's astronauts wade on a watery planet


The writing credits for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” should probably have included this: Based on an idea by Albert Einstein. For the theory of relativity and Einstein’s mathematical models pretty much form the basis for this science fiction that restores and expands the notion of “science” forming a huge part of … [More ... ]


In Revenge of the Green Dragon two men walk on dark, rainy street

‘Revenge of the Green Dragons’

“Revenge of the Green Dragons” is a crime action drama that is being heavily promoted with “Martin Scorsese Presents” above the title while Scorsese himself is … [More...]

Brad Pitt on Sherman tank


David Ayer, who worked sonar aboard a nuclear attack sub during the Cold War, has gradually emerged as one of Hollywood’s foremost filmmakers in assessing men under … [More...]

Judge's Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall at defense table in court

‘The Judge’

“The Judge” is an over ripe melodrama about skeletons in the closet, settling old scores and a father/son rift that calls on the talents of Robert Downey Jr. and … [More...]

Whiplash's Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons


Achieving his stated goal of making a movie about music “that felt like a war movie” with each musical performance “a life-or-death contest,” ex-drummer and now … [More...]

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Citizenfour's Edward Snowden talks to Glenn Greenwald in hotel room


At one chilling point in Laura Poitras’ real-life spy story, “Citizenfour,” a fire alarm goes off at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong. Normally this would not be a big deal: It either means a trek down … [More ... ]

Dear White People's cast faces camera

‘Dear White People’

Racial identity and the more subtle nuances of prejudice in “post-racial” America get a provocative, satirical treatment in Justin Simien’s “Dear White People,” a film that took the 2014 Sundance … [More ... ]

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Bill Murray's St. Vincent drive his old car

‘St. Vincent’

If I gave you a thumbnail synopsis of “St. Vincent,” you’d probably never go near the theater. If I told you Bill Murray gives one of his best performances ever, you might of course … [More ... ]

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