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  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Raid 2': More plot this time between the carnage

    "THE RAID 2" Starring Rama Iko Uwais, Uco Arifin Putra, Bangun Tio Pakusodewo, Bejo Alex Abbad; directed by Gareth Evans; 148 minutes; R for strong, bloody violence throughout, sexuality and language; B+ Make no mistake. If what you're after is insane, violent martial arts action, "The Raid 2" is quite possibly the ultimate. Some might...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: A poignant 'Week-End' in the city of love

    "LE WEEK-END" Starring Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum; directed by Roger Michell; 93 minutes; R for language and some sexual content; A-. A bittersweet, splendidly acted comedy, "Le Week-End" provides a preview of what a "Before Midnight" sequel might be like, should Richard Linklater ever make a fourth in that ongoing...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Oculus' scores scares with smoke and mirrors

    "OCULUS" Starring Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane, Garrett Ryan; directed by Mike Flanagan; 101 minutes; R for terror, violence, some disturbing images; B Five years before "Absentia," a haunting and character-rich horror tale, Mike Flanagan directed 2006's "Oculus: The Man With the Plan," a...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Draft Day' plays like a late-round pick

    "DRAFT DAY" Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Chi McBride, Frank Langella; directed by Ivan Reitman; 109 minutes; PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references; C "Draft Day" is a "ticking clock" thriller built around the NFL draft, a movie that counts down to the fateful decision that one embattled...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Rio 2' piles it on and spoils the fun

    "RIO 2" Starring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, Bruno Mars; directed by Carlos Saldanha; 101 minutes; G; C With "Rio 2," the creators of "Rio" give us more of everything that their first film had in just the right doses. But if this sequel...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'Captain America' is still cool, but his latest film is kind of flat

    The superhuman efforts that director Joe Johnston made to persuade Chris Evans to re-enlist in the comic book movie universe as "Captain America" pay more dividends in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Evans, that perfect specimen of American manhood, really sells the earnestness, the dry wit, the sense of duty and righteousness of the...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Bateman schools kids in twisted 'Bad Words'

    Starring Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand; directed by Jason Bateman; 88 minutes; R for language, nudity, adult themes; B "Bad Words" is to spelling bees what "Bad Santa" was to Christmas: crude, rude and painfully funny, with a dash of sweetness. Jason Bateman, making his directorial debut, stars as Guy Trilby, a full-grown adult...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Aronofsky's 'Noah' makes for intense viewing

    Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson Director: Darren Aronofsky Running time: 127 minutes Rated: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content Grade: B Darren Aronofsky wrestles one of scripture's more primal stories to the ground and extracts something vital and...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: Time this aging Austrian nag was put out to pasture

    Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terrence Howard, Joe Maganiello, Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway, Dawn Olivieri; directed by David Ayer; 109 minutes; R for strong, bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use; F Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't strut through action films these days. And no amount of editing can hide...

  • MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' offers a cinematic staycation

    Starring Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson; directed by Wes Anderson; 100 minutes; R for language, some sexual content and violence; A Like a fine hotel, the world of Wes Anderson has many rooms with a recognizable motif. His...

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