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Black or White's Kevin Costner confronts Andre Holland in backyard

‘Black or White’

Well meaning but wrong headed, “Black or White” tries to assess the tricky subject of race relations in the U.S. during the second Obama Administration through a contrived tale of a child custody battle between a matriarch of a black family and patriarch of a white family in Los Angeles. When the film made its … [More ... ]

Drama

Most Violent Year's Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain embrace

‘Most Violent Year’

J.C. Chandor, who has made highly charged movies about a financial crisis (“Margin Call”) and an old guy battling the sea (“All is Lost”), has … [More...]

American Sniper's Bradley Cooper looks through rifle's viewfinder on training field

‘American Sniper’

Strange as it might seem given the considerable distance in years and changing nature of warfare, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” feels very … [More...]

Unbroken's Jack O'Connell is tormented in POW camp by Miyavi

‘Unbroken’

You can’t blame moviegoers if they are startled by the film made by superstar Angelina Jolie, “Unbroken,” an unsparring war movie about cruelty … [More...]

Selma's David Oyelowo leads civil rights march in Alabama

‘Selma’

It’s damn hard to humanize a saint — or even someone considered a saint by many. Yet Ava DuVernay makes a gallant stab at it in “Selma,” a film … [More...]

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Comedy

Into the Woods' James Corden and Meryl Streep confont each other in fairly tale woods

‘Into the Woods’

Rob Marshall was probably the wrong guy to usher Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s extraordinary musical “Into the Woods” to the screen. A former Broadway director and choreographer himself, his … [More ... ]

Film poster for Seth Rogen-James Franco's Interview

‘The Interview’

Any number of milestone movies in film history are, in fact, pretty damn awful. “The Jazz Singer” ushered in the sound era so its title is enshrined in cinema history books forever. Have you ever … [More ... ]

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Indie Films

Song One's Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn sit gazing at nighttime Manhattan from Brooklyn riverfront

‘Song One’

“Song One” is an earnest but underwhelming romantic drama set in the live music scene of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Such a venue should’ve yielded better results since the … [More...]

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‘Match’

It’s always tough for filmmakers to figure out how to adapt a single-set play to cinema with such myriad possibilities for “opening up” a stage show. Writer-director … [More...]

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Foreign Films

Goodbye to Language's Heloise Godet looks through fence bars as a hand reaches out from left

‘Goodbye to Language’

Jean-Luc Godard has spent his lifetime in cinema more or less deconstructing the very essence of film. In so doing, he has moved from the very vanguard of the French New Wave and art-house cinema to its very fringes. Best described as experiments … [More ... ]

Mommy's Antoine-Olivier Pilon puts hand over Anne Dorval's mouth

‘Mommy’

Seriously damaged souls are on histrionic display in the near operatic but ultimately shallow French-Canadian film “Mommy.” As a dramatic examination of Québécois working class milieu and three of its more troubled denizens, “Mommy” hits high … [More ... ]

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