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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 comes from DreamWorks Animation, a studio with considerable ambitions yet one that rarely rises to the world-class standards of Pixar. Despite its charms, “Home” continues that … [More ... ]


Chappie, a sentient robot, plays with dog overlooking Johannesburg


South African director Neill Blomkamp, a maker of science fiction, has so many cool ideas jammed into his movies that coherence becomes a … [More...]

Focus' Will Smith and Margot Robbie relax in fine restaurant


A funny thing about that title but what “Focus” lacks most is — focus. This overproduced and oh-so-very-sleek tale, about a male and female … [More...]

Maps to Stars' Mia Wasikowska kneels on Hollywood Blvd's Walk of Fame

‘Maps to the Stars’

In “Maps to the Stars,” a full-frontal assault on the self-absorbed entertainment industry in the guise of a horror movie, David Cronenberg … [More...]

50 Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan takes Dakota Johnson's face in hands

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

You only hurt the one you love in E L James’ “Fifty Shades” best-selling trilogy of S&M romance novels. And now comes a film version of her first … [More...]

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Vintage photo of a Wrecking Crew recording session

‘The Wrecking Crew’

Even if you’re a fanatical fan of the rock-pop music scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, you can be excused for never having heard of a group called “The Wrecking Crew.” For one thing there was no such group, … [More ... ]

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Indie Films

While We're Young's Ben Still and Naomi Watts confer on steps to their New York apartment

‘While We’re Young’

Early in Noah Baumbach’s film “While We’re Young,” a young documentary filmmaker pitches a movie to an older documentarian. The elder one responds somewhat favorably yet … [More...]

Two Men in Town's Forest Whitaker rides motorcycle in desert

‘Two Men in Town’

Erratic and confounding in its fractured storytelling and cutting off the drama at the very point it becomes most interesting, Rachid Bouchareb’s first foray into … [More...]

Last 5 Years' Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan embrace

‘The Last Five Years’

Whatever charm or musicality the stage version held for theater goers, Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five … [More...]

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Foreign Films

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel's Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy attend Indian wedding

‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

India is a cradle of storytelling. The land of the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Sufi poets, Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth and Arundhati Roy is awash with great tales and epic texts. The vastness of the subcontinent and its many peoples, … [More ... ]

Salvation's Eva Green points rifle at camera

‘The Salvation’

Strongly evoking the landscapes and bold archetypical characters populating Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns yet inflected with Nordic fatalism and despair, Danish director Kristian Levring’s “The Salvation” stakes its claim as … well, what shall we … [More ... ]

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