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‘Boyhood’

Knowing that “Boyhood” was shot with the same key cast over a dozen … [More]

Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane as young boy gazes at sky

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” restores your faith in the Hollywood … [More]

Dawn Planet Apes' Andy Serkis (as an ape) holds hand out to Toby Kebbell

‘I Origins’

In “I Origins,” his second feature wearing the multiple hats of … [More]

I Origins' Delhi billboard searches for owner of beautiful eyes

‘A Most Wanted Man’

Melancholy pervades Anton Corbijn’s accomplished spy drama “A Most … [More]

Most Wanted Man's Robin Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman share coffee at standup table

‘Lucy’

Luc Besson is a polarizing figure in international cinema, clearly … [More]

Scarlett Johansson's Lucy runs fingers through physical dimensions she can see

Documentaries

Roger Ebert sits in a screening room

‘Life Itself’

To be honest it’s nearly impossible to review “Life Itself” as I do other docs or even other films. It’s not because I knew Roger Ebert, the subject of this heart-felt, highly emotional and unusually probing documentary about his life and … [More ... ]

Cameraman shoots in LA County Hospital

‘Code Black’

In the movie "Network" Howard Beale taught the nation that when you're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore you stick your head out a window and scream. Lot of good that does. The ER doctors who made and star in "Code Black" did … [More ... ]

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Comedy

Calvary's Brendan Gleeson and Kelly Reilly gaze at sea from a cliff

‘Calvary’

If every parish priest had a congregation as entertaining as Father James’ in “Calvary,” the Catholic Church would not be experiencing its current shortage of priests. As Father James (Brendan Gleeson) makes his rounds in a small Irish … [More ... ]

And So It Goes' Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton hold hands at restaurant table

‘And So It Goes’

“And So It Goes” is a new Rob Reiner comedy starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton but to begin with what kind of a title is that? What is this “it” and where is it going? I’ve even seen the movie and damned if I know. What this is, in … [More ... ]

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Magic in Moonlight's Colin Firth and Emma Stone walks in villa garden

‘Magic in the Moonlight’

Going back to his days as a stand-up comic and through all his screenplays and New Yorker pieces, Woody Allen has toyed around with deeply felt existential angst, all this, of course, leavened with goofy gags and verbal slapstick. One of his early film comedies, “Love and Death,” summarizes these twin obsessions: Amid a knockabout comedy … [More ... ]

Sex Tape's Rob Lowe and Cameon Diaz explode in laughter on his couch

‘Sex Tape’

The unwieldy premise of the new Cameron Diaz/Jason Segel comedy “Sex Tape” gets in the way of any real fun. There are laughs intermittently throughout the movie, many coming in hilarious slapstick involving a German shepherd. But then there’s that lousy premise. As billboards all over town announce, “Sex Tape” is about a married couple who make … [More ... ]

annisSiddharth's Rajesh Tailang as Mahendra hands his wife a fruit

‘Siddharth’

The detective story is a classic staple of contemporary western literature and cinema. The hero, whether an official detective or not, goes in quest of a solution to a mystery — a murder perhaps or a missing object or person. This is an apt vehicle for a writer to survey many levels of a culture since the hero must encounter and interrogate … [More ... ]

Mood Indigo's Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris sit in cloud hovering over tracks

‘Mood Indigo’

“Mood Indigo” is a bittersweet love story set in a surrealistic Paris of an indeterminate 20th-century era. It derives from the combined imaginations of veteran video/feature film director Michel Gondry (“The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and the late French novelist Boris Vian. Vian’s 1947 novel “L’Écume des Jours” (“Mood Indigo”) … [More ... ]

Land Ho's Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn gaze at Icelandic spa pool

‘Land Ho!’

Do you have a wild uncle or cousin and often said to yourself, “Boy, you could put that guy in a movie?” A master of inebriation, bawdy remarks or the inappropriate comment, the guy is a riot at family gatherings. Just imagine if you let loose in an actual movie! Well, think again about that movie project, given that with digital cameras just … [More ... ]