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Vacation's Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins venture into white-water raft with fear


The original and often hilarious 1983 “Vacation” — “National Lampoon’s Vacation” to give the full title — not only unveiled the burgeoning comic talent of then little known magazine writer John Hughes and further enhanced the already established credentials of director Harold Ramis but launched the entire subgenre of … [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

Minions Bob. Kevin, Stuart hitchhike on roadside to Villain-Con


The minions, those small yellow sidekicks in goggles and denim dungarees, have so hijacked the “Despicable Me” animated series that Illumination … [More...]

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...]

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Trainwreck's Amy Schumer is wide eyed in bed with a sleeping Bill Hader


The Judd Apatow school of comedy is wrongly credited with inventing the raunchy R-rated comedy, which means one must forget “Animal House” and its progeny ever existed. What Apatow and his fellow … [More ... ]

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 ... ]

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Best of Enemies' Gore Vidal listens as William F. Buckley debates him

‘Best of Enemies’

It was a heavyweight bout of the intellect, a bruising, fierce competition of one-up-man ship and sly innuendo that convulsed a national TV audience in one of America’s … [More...]

Singer-songwritere Amy Winehouse poses in publicity still


Beyond screaming headlines and here jaw-dropping acting out in public, singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse had a huge yet freakish talent. Her girlish manner spoke to her … [More...]

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Southpaw's Jake Gyllenhaal and daughtr Oona Laurence share moment before he enters boxing ring


Certain movie subgenres get boxed in with only a handful of stories to tell. Prison movies and prize fight melodramas are among these. So look for no new angles or insights in the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer, “Southpaw,” a tale of redemption and familial … [More ... ]

Irrational Man's Joaquin Phoenix chats with Emma Stone on front porch

‘Irrational Man’

Woody Allen is cinema’s wonder man, having turned out roughly a movie a year for nearly 45 years. It takes a nimble mind to write, shoot and frequently star in so many smart, intelligent, often very funny movies so quickly and over so many … [More ... ]

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