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  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'A Most Wanted Man' dwells on gray areas, spy games in a post-9/11 world

    Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin; directed by Anton Corbijn; 120 minutes; rated R for language You can sense a John le Carre spy novel adaptation, often before his name turns up in the credits. The hero's cynicism at war with his skepticism, the professionalism at war with...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Get on Up' revives the funk, and James Brown

    Get on Up" is a movie of uncompromising soul, unadulterated funk and unalloyed joy. Dazzling, witty and emotional, this warts-and-all musical biography of James Brown rides on the able shoulders of Chadwick Boseman. It turns out that his terrific if saintly spin on Jackie Robinson in "42" was just a warm-up act. On first glance, Boseman...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sends the summer popcorn picture season out with a bang

    Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Glenn Close, Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro; directed by James Gunn; 121 minutes; rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for some language Laugh-out-loud funny and production-designed to death, "Guardians of the Galaxy" pops off the screen, the...

  • 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....

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