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Brad Pitt on Sherman tank


David Ayer, who worked sonar aboard a nuclear attack sub during the Cold War, has gradually emerged as one of Hollywood’s foremost filmmakers in assessing men under fire. Whether under the stress of combat or from crime-fighting, how men do (or do not) demonstrate Hemingway’s mantra of “grace under pressure” is the … [More ... ]


Judge's Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall at defense table in court

‘The Judge’

“The Judge” is an over ripe melodrama about skeletons in the closet, settling old scores and a father/son rift that calls on the talents of Robert Downey Jr. and … [More...]

Whiplash's Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons


Achieving his stated goal of making a movie about music “that felt like a war movie” with each musical performance “a life-or-death contest,” ex-drummer and now … [More...]

Gone Girl's Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike flirt among library shelves

‘Gone Girl’

At last the long-awaited David Fincher film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling 2012 novel, “Gone Girl,” is in theaters. For its fans and even those who have … [More...]

Men Women Children's Kaitlyn Dever and Ansel Elgort sit beside each other in classroom

‘Men, Women & Children’

The Voyager 1 space probe, launched in 1977, took a Grand Tour of the outer solar system before entering interstellar space in 2012, making it the farthest … [More...]

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Indie films

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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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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