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‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’

Ned Benson’s “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” is a … [More]

Eleanor Rigby's James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain lie on grass smiling

‘The Drop’

Where once cowboy movies dominated the American screen, crime dramas … [More]

Drop's Matthias Schoenaerts drinks next to Tom Hardy in bar

‘My Old Lady’

“My Old Lady” is an unabashedly old-fashioned crowd-pleaser that … [More]

My Old Lady's Kevin Kline plays piano on which sits a boar's head

‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

After residing in “development hell” for a number of years, “A Walk … [More]

Walk Among Tombstone's Liam Neeson points hand gun

‘This is Where I Leave You’

A dysfunctional family gathered for a wedding, holiday or funeral — … [More]

This is Where I Leave You's cast sit shiva on family couch

Indie films

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader lean back against bookcase

‘The Skeleton Twins’

“The Skeleton Twins” is a movie containing many fine moments where actors can really strut their stuff. Yet the comic drama doesn’t hold up. Those moments don’t lead you to any greater understanding of the damaged souls of its two main … [More ... ]

Love is Strange's Alfred Molina and John Lithgow look for cab on Manhattan street corner

‘Love is Strange’

Ira Sachs’ “Love is Strange” is a situational drama, meaning the film wants to tease insight and poignancy out of fleeting moments amid an on-going “situation.” There is no capital-I Issue here. Rather there are small issues that underscore … [More ... ]

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Foreign Films

Tracks' Adam Driver puts his hand on Mia Wasikowska's cheek


It’s difficult to convey the dreamy, hypnotic journey the Australian film “Tracks” gifts to its viewer. You completely lose track of time while drinking in the astonishing and rugged grandeur of the Outback in its most elemental form. This is … [More ... ]

Trip to Italy's Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon relax after seaside meal

‘The Trip to Italy’

Michael Winterbottom’s indie film “The Trip to Italy” puts you in two minds. You’re laughing awfully hard much of the time and certainly are in awe of the splendid meals and lavish suites its two stars enjoy during their sojourn in Italy. Then … [More ... ]

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Life After Beth's Aubrey Plaza bears her teeth in full zombie mode

‘Life After Beth’

Genre mashups — the science-fiction western or horror comedy — are commonplace these days. But the danger of such genre-bending comes when a filmmaker hits an unyielding brick wall. Jeff Baena’s “Life After Beth” hits that wall. This is a zombie romance —some call it a “zom-rom” —that never quite makes sense in either genre and the two fit … [More ... ]

Helen Mirren and Charlotte Le Bon sample a sauce in kitchen

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

“Slumdog Millionaire” meets “Ratatouille“ in the culinary comedy “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” Surprisingly, it’s a rather bland meal although spiced up with food-porn scenes of Indian and French dishes to excite any viewer’s salivary glands. So let the brain cells rest for this one and enjoy the purely sensory experience. The film comes from … [More ... ]

Get on Up's Chadwick Boseman fronts his band on stage

‘Get on Up’

James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul” and a key figures in the popularization of soul, funk and R&B, was by all accounts a very difficult and complex man. So the movie based on his life, “Get on Up,” is equally complicated. The biopic is headlined by Chadwick Boseman’s uncanny impression of the great entertainer. While not looking much like … [More ... ]

Guardians of Galaxy's Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana pilot space craft into battle

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Owing more to “Star Wars” than the Marvel Comics roster from which it actually sprang, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the best debut for a Marvel franchise since “Iron Man.” Irreverent, funny, action-packed and unworried about fan reaction due to the comic’s relatively little known status among its more renowned Marvel brethren, this movie kicks … [More ... ]

Brendan Gleeson's priest in Calvary stares into camera


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 village along the rocky cliffs of County Sligo, each and every parishioner is a flamboyant figure of comic … [More ... ]