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Inside Out's 5 emotions Anger, Disgust, Joy, Fear & Sadness rule the console inside a little girl's head

‘Inside Out’

On Pixar’s team of All-Stars, Pete Docter has emerged as pretty much its Most Valuable Player. He’s the No. One guy, outside of co-founder John Lasseter, for dreaming up alternative universes and subtle characters whose heartfelt sentiments allow adults and kids alike may find laughter, joy and wisdom. With “Inside … [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...]

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 … [More...]

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Family films

Humpback Whales' mother and calf roam underwater

‘Imax: Humpback Whales’

From that lethal leviathan of the deep freighted with so much symbolism in Melville’s “Moby Dick” to today’s tourist whale-watching trips off the … [More...]

Max, the dog, stands in woods alert and staring off camera


The spirit of Rin Tin Tin lives on in Warner Bros.’ “Max.” “Rinty,” of course, was the rescued German shepherd from World War I who went on to … [More...]

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Entourage gang heads down Golden Globes red carpet


Quite possibly the best thing about “Entourage,” the big screen version of the small-screen HBO hit about the lives of big-screen Hollywood players, is the opening credits. Dashing about the small … [More ... ]

Spy's Melissa McCarthy rides motorbike through wet cement surrounded by construction workers


Slowly, slowly, slowly, a recipe is coming together that will enable Melissa McCarthy to realize her full potential as a comic movie star. Her new movie, “Spy,” takes a big step in that … [More ... ]

Aloha's Emma Stone and Bradley Copper share a laugh


Cameron Crowe, always something of a film historian, puts plenty of Frank Capra(corn) into his new film, “Aloha.” You know, the Frank Capra who loved to celebrate the little guy who bucks a corrupt … [More ... ]

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Indie Films

Big Game's Samuel L. Jackson and Onni Tommila, clutching a bow, stand on mountain top

‘Big Game’

“Big Game” throws such a preposterous action story on the screen that you immediately switch your mental gears to idle and sit back for what might be a fun ride. Yet the … [More...]

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...]

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Infinitely Polar Bear's Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana hoist kids on backs

‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

When movies tackle mental illness it’s usually with furrowed brow, clinched teeth and an in-take of breath: This is serious stuff, a Real Problem you must approach with solemn drama. Maya Forbes, the writer and director of “Infinitely Polar Bear,” … [More ... ]

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 ... ]

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