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Interstellar's astronauts wade on a watery planet


The writing credits for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” should probably have included this: Based on an idea by Albert Einstein. For the theory of relativity and Einstein’s mathematical models pretty much form the basis for this science fiction that restores and expands the notion of “science” forming a huge part of … [More ... ]


Foxcatcher's Steve Carell encourages Channing Tatum in wrestling gym


In a meticulous, finely modulated synergy of screenplay, actors and director, “Foxcatcher” unfolds as a fascinating, indeed shocking, study of a character warped by … [More...]

Rosewater's Gael Garcia Bernal holds camera during Tehran street demonstration


“The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart makes a more than credible filmmaking debut with “Rosewater,” a film that reflects his cable TV show’s strong political and social … [More...]

Homesman's Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank talk as they squat at snowy campsite

‘The Homesman’

In his two films as a director, “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” (2005) and now “The Homesman,” actor and Texas native Tommy Lee Jones has shown an affinity … [More...]

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


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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Dumb and Dumber To's Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels ride on a deer statute

‘Dumb and Dumber To’

At last the 20 year wait is over. The sequel to the Farrelly Brothers’ 1994 “Dumb & Dumber” is at hand — “Dumb and Dumber II.” No wait, that’s too classy a title so it’s “Dumb and Dumber Two” and, … [More ... ]

Bill Murray's St. Vincent drive his old car

‘St. Vincent’

If I gave you a thumbnail synopsis of “St. Vincent,” you’d probably never go near the theater. If I told you Bill Murray gives one of his best performances ever, you might of course … [More ... ]

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