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  • 'Saw' just doesn't cut it

    Starring Danny Glover, Cary Elwes, Monica Potter; directed by James Wan; 103 minutes; R for strong grisly violence and language (Editor's note: "Saw," which spawned several sequels, is returning to movie theaters 10 years after its original release. Here is David Germain's review from 2004.) The fright flick "Saw" is consistent, if nothing...

  • Gyllenhaal's "Nightcrawler" will give you the TV news creeps

    A gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal rarely blinks in "Nightcrawler," turning himself into a chilling human special effect. As a focused but directionless petty thief who discovers the rewards of recording and selling video to "if it bleeds, it leads" local TV news in Los Angeles, he not only acts like a reptile, he looks the part. "Nightcrawler" is an...

  • Kidman, Firth and Strong shine in 'Before I Go to Sleep'

    Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong; directed by Rowan Joffe; 92 minutes; R for some brutal violence and language Three of the best actors in the business put on a master class in mystery thriller in "Before I Go to Sleep," a lean, twisty-turning tale in the "Memento" style. Christine (Nicole Kidman) wakes up each day confused....

  • 'St. Vincent': a warmhearted entry in sad-Bill Murray canon

    Bill Murray, in a series of beautifully quiet performances ("Rushmore," "Lost in Translation," "Broken Flowers"), has created a persona like no other actor: etching portraits of disappointed men, hiding mild amusement behind a deadpan, indifferent exterior, not quite sure he's pleased with how life has transformed him. In stark contrast with...

  • Keanu Reeves joins forces with his 'Matrix' stunt double to deliver a slick and satisfying revenge thriller

    Starring Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Alfie Allen, Dean Winters; directed by Chad Stahelski; 96 minutes; R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use. There are no good guys in "John Wick," but there are some great actors working alongside Keanu Reeves in his darkest and most tormented role...

  • '23 Blast' might be best of this year's true-story high school Christian football dramas

    Starring Mark Hapka, Stephen Lang, 
Timothy Busfield; directed by Dylan Baker; 98 minutes; PG-13 for teen drinking and a crude reference. The inspirational sports drama "23 Blast" tells the true story of Travis Freeman, a high school football star stricken with an infection that destroyed his optic nerve. Stepping behind the camera,...

  • '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...

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