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Brad Pitt on Sherman tank

‘Fury’

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 fire. Whether under the stress of combat or from crime-fighting, how men do (or do not) demonstrate Hemingway’s mantra of “grace under pressure” is the … [More ... ]

Drama

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

‘Whiplash’

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...]

Gone Girl's Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike flirt among library shelves

‘Gone Girl’

At last the long-awaited David Fincher film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2012 novel, “Gone Girl,” is in theaters. For its fans and even those who have … [More...]

Men Women Children's Kaitlyn Dever and Ansel Elgort sit beside each other in classroom

‘Men, Women & Children’

The Voyager 1 space probe, launched in 1977, took a Grand Tour of the outer solar system before entering interstellar space in 2012, making it the farthest … [More...]

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Indie films

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 ... ]

Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac in Crete

‘The Two Faces of January’

The novels of Patricia Highsmith, sardonic tales of psychological suspense, disturbing amorality and claustrophobic chill, have lent themselves to many film adaptations. Among them her first novel, … [More ... ]

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Comedy

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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