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Focus' Will Smith and Margot Robbie relax in fine restaurant

‘Focus’

A funny thing about that title but what “Focus” lacks most is — focus. This overproduced and oh-so-very-sleek tale, about a male and female con artist, asks the question, to quote writers-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, “In a world where trust is currency and love requires trust, how can two [con artists] … [More ... ]

Drama

Focus' Will Smith and Margot Robbie relax in fine restaurant

‘Focus’

A funny thing about that title but what “Focus” lacks most is — focus. This overproduced and oh-so-very-sleek tale, about a male and female … [More...]

Maps to Stars' Mia Wasikowska kneels on Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame

‘Maps to the Stars’

In “Maps to the Stars,” a full-frontal assault on the self-absorbed entertainment industry in the guise of a horror movie, David Cronenberg … [More...]

50 Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan takes Dakota Johnson's face in hands

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

You only hurt the one you love in E L James’ “Fifty Shades” best-selling trilogy of S&M romance novels. And now comes a film version of her first … [More...]

Black or White's Kevin Costner confronts Andre Holland in backyard

‘Black or White’

Well meaning but wrong headed, “Black or White” tries to assess the tricky subject of race relations in the U.S. during the second Obama … [More...]

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Indie Films

Last 5 Years' Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan embrace

‘The Last Five Years’

Whatever charm or musicality the stage version held for theater goers, Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five … [More...]

Song One's Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn sit gazing at nighttime Manhattan from Brooklyn riverfront

‘Song One’

“Song One” is an earnest but underwhelming romantic drama set in the live music scene of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Such a venue should’ve yielded better results since the … [More...]

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‘Match’

It’s always tough for filmmakers to figure out how to adapt a single-set play to cinema with such myriad possibilities for “opening up” a stage show. Writer-director … [More...]

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Foreign Films

Salvation's Eva Green points rifle at camera

‘The Salvation’

Strongly evoking the landscapes and bold archetypical characters populating Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns yet inflected with Nordic fatalism and despair, Danish director Kristian Levring’s “The Salvation” stakes its claim as … well, what shall we … [More ... ]

Goodbye to Language's Heloise Godet looks through fence bars as a hand reaches out from left

‘Goodbye to Language’

Jean-Luc Godard has spent his lifetime in cinema more or less deconstructing the very essence of film. In so doing, he has moved from the very vanguard of the French New Wave and art-house cinema to its very fringes. Best described as experiments … [More ... ]

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