• 'Poltergeist' remake surpasses original

    By Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter -
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    It's infrequent and particularly satisfying when the remake of an especially memorable film equals or exceeds the experience of the original. In 1982, "Poltergeist" saw the brilliant pairing of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" low-budget horror director Tobe Hooper with far more...

  • Tomorrow isn't what it used to be in 'Tomorrowland'

    By Roger Moore Tribune News Service -
    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie; directed by Brad Bird; 130 minutes; PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements and language; C+ "Tomorrowland" is Brad Bird's Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for...

  • 'Pitch Perfect 2' isn't much to sing home about

    By Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune -
    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Skylar Astin, Keegan-Michael Key, Hailee Steinfeld; directed by Elizabeth Banks; 115 minutes; PG-13 for innuendo and language. Can we please talk about the snottiness of "Pitch Perfect 2?" It's seriously snotty. It's a two-hour...

  • Crowd-pleasing 'Madding Crowd' adaptation is faithful, but not dated

    By Colin Covert Star Tribune (Minneapolis) -
    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Starring Carey Mulligan, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Juno Temple, Juno Temple; directed by Thomas Vinterberg; 119 minutes; PG-13 for some sexuality and violence. Like optimistic Jane Austen, brooding Thomas Hardy wrote about 19th-century England's big three -...

  • Dazzling 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is a can't miss thrill

    By LINDSEY BAHR The Associated Press -
    Published: Fri, May 15, 2015

    The silences in "Mad Max: Fury Road" are unsettling. The moments are few and infrequent, but it's not until the fiery roar of the engines and the thrashing of the guitars are suddenly stripped away that you can fully feel how deeply the film has flooded your being. The theater - and...

  • 'Ex Machina': a mesmerizing robot creation

    By Soren Andersen The Seattle Times -
    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno; directed by Alex Garland; 108 minutes; R for graphic nudity, language, sexual references and some violence "Ex Machina" is an exquisite puzzle box of a picture. It baffles. It unsettles. It intrigues. At its...

  • 'Little Boy' bites off more faith-based lessons than it can chew

    By Roger Moore Tribune News Service -
    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Starring Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, David Henrie and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa; directed by Alejandro Monteverde; 100 minutes; PG-13 for some mature thematic material and violence Racism and religion, hatred and friendship, bullying and war, atomic bombs and the...

  • Crowe's old fashioned 'Water Diviner' aims to heal an old war wound

    By Roger Moore Tribune News Service -
    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Starring Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Jai Courtney, Dylan Georgiades; directed by Russell Crowe; 111 minutes; R for war violence including some disturbing images The century-old open wound of Gallipoli, Australia's ill-fated entry into World War I, makes a vivid...

  • 'Adaline' is a love story for the ages

    By Roger Moore Tribune News Service -
    Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Hollywood long ago ceded "love that stands the test of time" to the realm of science-fiction and fantasy, so "The Age of Adaline" falls neatly into a genre that includes "The Time Traveler's Wife," "About Time" and even "Somewhere in Time." But building this film around all the...

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