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  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Wish I Was Here' review: funny, touching, soul-searching

    Starring Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin; directed by Zach Braff; R for language and sexual content; 106 minutes It says something about the state of 
Hollywood filmmaking when two of the summer's best-written, most incisive films about the challenge of strengthening family relationships without giving up your career dreams were made...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Keaton clicks with Douglas, 'And So It Goes'

    Starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Frances Sternhagen, Rob Reiner; directed by Rob Reiner; 93 minutes; PG-13 for some sexual references and drug elements Two old pros show the kids how chemistry works in a romantic comedy in "And So It Goes," a love-the-last-time-around romp that'll give its target audience the warm...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Lucy' an ambitious popcorn popper

    After a decade when the only person to take her seriously was Woody Allen, Scarlett 
Johansson seems to have found her groove of late, with the new actioner "Lucy" as further confirmation of her niche. She has been a poker-faced Russian comic book heroine in "The Avengers" universe, a murderously humorless alien in "Under the Skin" and a voice...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Purge' sequel gets it all out of our systems

    Starring Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Zoe Soul, Kiele Sanchez; directed by James DeMonaco; 100 minutes; R for strong disturbing violence and for language The clever conceit behind James DeMonaco's 2013 sleeper hit "The Purge" was not that American society had resolved its crime/inequality/ population problems with an annual...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: This 'Sex Tape' should be erased

    Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper; directed by Jake Kasdan; R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use; 90 minutes The cinematic equivalent of herpes, "Sex Tape" is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere. Fortunately, no medication is required after being...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Persecuted' fails as a thriller aimed at the Religious Right

    Starring James Remar, Bruce Davison, Fred Dalton Thompson, Gretchen Carlson, Brad Stine; directed by Daniel Lusko; 91 minutes; PG-13 for violence and thematic elements The unholy bond between religion and politics is the background for "Persecuted," a confused and confusing thriller about a TV preacher ruined by a sinister government plot....

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Planes 2' is twice as good as the original, which isn't saying much

    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is roughly twice as good as its predecessor, "Planes," which was so story-and-laugh-starved it would have given "direct to video" a bad name. Yes, there was nowhere to go but up. The sequel's story is about something: Dusty the racing plane learns to be a S.E.A.T. (a Single Engine Ariel Tanker), a firefighting plane....

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' stands above other summer action fare

    "dawn of the planet of the apes" Stars: Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Karin Konoval Director: Matt Reeves Running time: 130 minutes Rating: PG-13 for language, violenceGrade: B-plus Advertising for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" suggests it is another summer film in which abundant action scenes obliterate any...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Aspiring nun faces hers and Poland's dark past in luminous 'Ida'

    Starring Agata Trzebuchowska, Agata Kulesza, Joanna Kulig, Dawid Ogrodnik; directed by Pawel Pawlikowski; 80 minutes; PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking; A For nearly a year, Pawel Pawlikowski's quietly astounding drama "Ida" has been making the film-festival rounds to deserved admiration. Winner of Poland's highest...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Korengal': Sequel revisits soldiers, targets war aftermath

    Starring Dan Kearney, Lamonta Caldwell, Santana Rueda, Jason Mace; directed by Sebastian Junger; 90 minutes; R for language throughout and brief nude images; B A sequel with an unusual provenance, "Korengal" is made up of unused footage from a 14-month shoot from 2007-08 that already yielded the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary "Restrepo."...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Begin Again': It's 'Once' once more, with less feeling

    Starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld; directed by John Carney; 104 minutes; R for language; B You can't really blame writer-director John Carney for trying, but despite a few very nice moments, this bigger, slicker follow-up mostly argues that "Once" should have been enough. "Begin Again" isn't a follow-up...

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