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Film poster for Seth Rogen-James Franco's Interview

‘The Interview’

Any number of milestone movies in film history are, in fact, pretty damn awful. “The Jazz Singer” ushered in the sound era so its title is enshrined in cinema history books forever. Have you ever looked at this turkey? It’s hokey Hollywood pablum circa 1927. The movie is only important for its historical impact, not … [More ... ]

Drama

Inherent Vice's Joaquiin Phoenix and Benicio Del Toro confer at bar

‘Inherent Vice’

The only vice inherent in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” is the 148-minute running time taken from your life with no hope of ever recovering the lost … [More...]

Christian Bale's Moses raises fist as he leads Egyptians into battle

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’

Ridley Scott needs a scant 150 minutes to tell the story of Moses in “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” Scant, that is, when compared to Cecil B. DeMille, who needed a good … [More...]

Wild's Reese Witherspoon shoulders backpack as she hikes on rugged trail

‘Wild’

What is it about young women boldly venturing into a wilderness that is intriguing filmmakers and audiences these days? Certainly were the gender switched to male … [More...]

Imitation Game's Keira Knightley dances with Benedict Cumberbatch

‘The Imitation Game’

Real Science is all the rage at the movies this season. “Interstellar” all but turned Einstein into a co-scenarist. Disney’s animated film “Big Hero 6” focused on … [More...]

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Indie films

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

‘Citizenfour’

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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Foreign Films

PK's Aamir Khan rides on motorbike with Anushka Sharma

‘PK’

In the Indian film “PK,” a space alien lands on Earth and goes in search of the earthlings’ God only to find Him missing. Something must be haywire … [More ... ]

Documentaries

Tales of Grim Sleeper's booking photo for killer Lonnie Franklin

‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’

Imagine if Scotland Yard had ignored the bloody rampage of serial killer Jack the Ripper in 1888 or London newspapers shrugged off the vicious attacks on prostitutes as having no news value. Yet … [More ... ]

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