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  • 'Men, Women & Children:' Terrifying social media tale

    Starring Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Emma Thompson, Jennifer Garner, Dennis Haysbert, Judy Greer; directed by Jason Reitman; 119 minutes; R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue throughout (some involving teens) and for language Imagine a world in which lies could be spread without consequence, where a slight slice of...

  • 'Fury' makes a fine B-movie vehicle for Wardaddy Brad Pitt

    This bit of heroics isn't "what I wanted to do," Brad Pitt's battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. "But it's what we're doing." "Fury" is the sort of World War II movie Hollywood used to churn out four or five times a year - a gritty, grunt's eye-view of combat. The grit is bloodier and R-rated now, as is...

  • 'Book of Life' offers up a Mexican tale told in animated Mexican colors

    Starring the voices of Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Ice Cube, Placido Domingo; directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez; 95 minutes; PG for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images "The Book of Life" is a Mexican-accented kids' cartoon so colorful and unconventionally dazzling...

  • 'Best of Me' is the worst of Nicholas Sparks

    Starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Gerald McRaney, Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Sean Bridgers; directed by Michael Hoffman; 113 minutes; PG-13 for sexuality, violence, some drug content and brief strong language For an hour or so, Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden gamely swim against the current, fighting the torpid tide of tripe...

  • A 'Dracula' tale that might have been better left 'Untold'

    Starring Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance; directed by Gary Shore; 92 minutes; PG-13 for intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing images and some sensuality So it wasn't the rains that kept the Turks from getting their cannons to Vienna, seizing the city and ending Western civilization in the late...

  • 'Mormons' documentary presents a diverse church, sugar-coated for your enjoyment

    Starring Ken Niumatalolo, Col. Gail Halvorsen, Carolina Munoz Marin; directed by Blair Treu; 79 minutes; PG for some thematic elements "Meet the Mormons" is a slick, upbeat Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-backed documentary that aims to answer the image of the church and its members "shaped by the media and popular culture." A...

  • 'The Judge' has too much disorder in the court

    "The Judge" dawdles, lingers, takes sidebars and recesses - much like a celebrity trial in which TV cameras have been allowed into the courtroom. A bloated all-star melodrama with none of the lean, mean legalese of a John Grisham adaptation, it's a showboat's movie cast with a lot of actors each promised "a big, cool scene." And when those...

  • Kids and their parents will find laughs in Alexander's 'Very Bad Day'

    Starring Ed Oxenbould, Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne; directed by Miguel Arteta; 81 minutes; PG for rude humor including some reckless behavior and language Whatever else children take from Judith Viorst's delightful "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day," the sly subtext of...

  • Renner is more riveting than the movie around him in "Kill the Messenger"

    Starring Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta; directed by Michael Cuesta; 106 minutes; R for language and drug content "Kill the Messenger," the film about journalist Gary Webb's shocking newspaper stories that connected the Reagan-era CIA to America's crack epidemic, shows just how...

  • 'Annabelle' is old school, poorly acted - and scary in spite of all that

    Starring Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Tony Amendola; directed by John R. Leonetti; R for intense sequences of disturbing violence and terror; 98 minutes A child's crayon rolls across a floor. Curtains fly back from a window you thought was closed. A TV-distracted seamstress looks at her late-
model sewing machine less and...

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