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Mad Max:Fury Road's evil road gangs rumble through desert

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

It began as a super low-budget actioner from Down Under made by an emergency room physician with an unusual gift for cinematic imagery. I remember how “Mad Max” caught critics by surprise in 1979. A distributor snuck it into town with a soundtrack dubbed into American English — apparently believing Yanks couldn’t … [More ... ]

Science Fiction

Tomorrowland's George Clooney gazes at distant cityscape


In his animated films “Iron Giant” and “The Incredibles,” Brad Bird has embraced science fiction’s more optimistic modes. These films express a … [More...]

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...]

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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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Pitch Perfect 2 cast sing on stage

‘Pitch Perfect 2′

Existing for no other reason than its 2012 predecessor proved to be a surprising hit for Universal, “Pitch Perfect 2” rolled into theaters this weekend without much on its mind other than making … [More ... ]

Hot Pursuit's Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara cry out behind wheel of bus

‘Hot Pursuit’

“Hot Pursuit” starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara is billed by Warner Bros. as a comedy. But to be a comedy a movie should contain at least one or two laughs, no? “Hot Pursuit” barely induces … [More ... ]

5 Flights Up's Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman look out from New York balcony

‘5 Flights Up’

You can barely find a story in “5 Flights Up.” Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Only in this instance the celebrated concept of “nothing” may have been reduced to the point of actual … [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...]

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Name of My Daughter's Catherine Deneuve sits thoughtfully at casino office desk

‘In the Name of My Daughter’

André Techiné’s new film, “In the Name of My Daughter” (“L’Homme qu’on aimait trop”), takes place during what was known on the French Riviera as the “casino wars” between the 1970s and 1980s. Against a backdrop of untold luxury, beautiful villas, … [More ... ]

Far From Madding Crowd's MatthiasSchoenaerts and Carey Mulligan touch heads in midst of sheep farm

‘Far From the Madding Crowd’

As L. P. Hartley memorably stated in the opening line of his novel “The Go-Between,” “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” The great strength of British films adapted from classic literature or newly minted British … [More ... ]

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