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True Story's Jonah Hill interviews James Franco in prison

‘True Story’

Perhaps the problem with “True Story” is exactly that — it’s a true story. Meaning a story that never makes complete sense, is a little weird in fact, nor does it find any resolution or epiphany. But it’s a true story. The together-again casting of Jonah Hill as a disgraced journalist and James Franco as the … [More ... ]

Science Fiction

Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Issac stare straight ahead

‘Ex Machina’

“Ex Machina” is a very cool science-fiction movie. Cool as in nifty, sleek looking and smart, a movie genuinely intrigued with the science in its … [More...]

Chappie, a sentient robot, plays with dog overlooking Johannesburg


South African director Neill Blomkamp, a maker of science fiction, has so many cool ideas jammed into his movies that coherence becomes a … [More...]

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Family films

Home's Oh and Tip cling to a building in the air


“Home” is a perfectly amiable and often funny animation feature aimed largely at children but not childish or pandering in any way. The film … [More...]

Lily James' Cinderella sweeps down staircase in blue glown


Walt Disney’s new live-action rendering of its 1950 animation hit, “Cinderella,” may act as a Rorschach test for a film critic: What kind of a … [More...]

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Vintage photo of a Wrecking Crew recording session

‘The Wrecking Crew’

Even if you’re a fanatical fan of the rock-pop music scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, you can be excused for never having heard of a group called “The Wrecking Crew.” For one thing there was no such group, … [More ... ]

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Indie Films

Road Within's Robert Sheehan, Zoe Kravitz, Dev Patel pose a distance from Yosemite's Half Dome

‘The Road Within’

An indie film, “The Road Within,” opens in only three theaters in Los Angeles and New York April 17 and may or may not expand. But it’s well worth catching, either in … [More...]

Picture of Gustav Klimt's famous painting Woman in Gold

‘Woman in Gold’

We re-enter the realm of the true story as we did with ‘The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Selma,” to name a few recent such excursions, with “Woman in … [More...]

While We're Young's Ben Still and Naomi Watts confer on steps to their New York apartment

‘While We’re Young’

Early in Noah Baumbach’s film “While We’re Young,” a young documentary filmmaker pitches a movie to an older documentarian. The elder one responds somewhat favorably yet … [More...]

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Foreign Films

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy attend Indian wedding

‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

India is a cradle of storytelling. The land of the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Sufi poets, Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth and Arundhati Roy is awash with great tales and epic texts. The vastness of the subcontinent and its many peoples, … [More ... ]

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 ... ]

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