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'Kick-Ass 2' too much of a not-that-good thing

'Kick-Ass 2' too much of a not-that-good thing

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, left, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are among the costumed high-school heroes in "Kick-Ass 2."

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2 great actors infuse 'Unfinished Song' with life, naughty joy

2 great actors infuse 'Unfinished Song' with life, naughty joy

Vanessa Redgrave plays a dying woman in "Unfinished Song."

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2 great actors infuse 'Unfinished Song' with life, naughty joy

2 great actors infuse 'Unfinished Song' with life, naughty joy

It won't be long before retirement homes are crawling with baby boomers. In the rec room, old hippies and old punk rockers will fight over the remote control, while by the pool, old bikers and old strippers will compare tattoos.

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You'll laugh, for sure, when Hart 'explains'

You'll laugh, for sure, when Hart 'explains'

Kevin Hart throws jokes like he's working a speed bag.

July 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
No. 9: 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain' with $5 million (last week No. 8)

No. 9: 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain' with $5 million (last week No. 8)

No. 9: 'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain' with $5 million (last week No. 8) -- In "Let Me Explain," Hart spends a brisk 80 minutes proving why his comedic star has risen over the past decade. The movie is compiled of moments from his 2012 tour that spanned 10 countries and 80 cities.

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'Shadow Dancer" awash with many levels of deceit

'Shadow Dancer" awash with many levels of deceit

Clive Owen as the MI5 detective who tracks down a Northern Ireland IRA member, portrayed by Andrea Riseborough in a fiercely focused performance, in the intriguing, "Shadow Dancer."

June 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Shadow Dancer" awash with many levels of deceit

'Shadow Dancer" awash with many levels of deceit

A knotted drama of terrorism and double agentry set in Belfast in the early 1990s, "Shadow Dancer" boasts a fiercely focused performance from Andrea Riseborough as Collette McVeigh, a Northern Ireland IRA member arrested after an aborted bombing in a London Underground station.

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'Kon-Tiki' recounts incredible journey

'Kon-Tiki' recounts incredible journey

"Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines. Though somewhat forgotten now, the 1947 story of six men, an oceangoing raft and a wild and crazy theory was a media sensation that gripped the world's imagination - and launched a thousand tiki bars.

June 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Kon-Tiki' recounts incredible journey

'Kon-Tiki' recounts incredible journey

The cinematic retelling of Thor Heyerdahl's epic voyage in 1947 includes a raft of open-ocean problems.

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'Frances Ha' charms in its honest nature

'Frances Ha' charms in its honest nature

LOS ANGELES - Effortless and effervescent, "Frances Ha" is a small miracle of a movie - honest and funny with an aim that's true. It's both a timeless story of the joys and sorrows of youth and a dead-on portrait of how things are right now for one particular New York woman who, try as she m…

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'Frances Ha' charms in its honest nature

'Frances Ha' charms in its honest nature

In "Frances Ha," the plot visits the title character at separate points as she moves through her young adult life.

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Despite oh-wow animation, 'Epic' doesn't match its title

Despite oh-wow animation, 'Epic' doesn't match its title

Beyoncé Knowles is the voice of Queen Tara, who reigns over Moonhaven, an unseen Edenlike world, in "Epic," a children's animated film. The animation is gorgeous, but the story is overly familiar.

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Despite oh-wow animation, 'Epic' doesn't match its title

Despite oh-wow animation, 'Epic' doesn't match its title

Derivative as all get out and plainly concocted by a committee, "Epic" is a children's animated film that is more entertaining and emotional than it has any right to be.

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'Kon-Tiki,' this time in English, recounts incredible journey

'Kon-Tiki,' this time in English, recounts incredible journey

"Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines. Though somewhat forgotten now, the 1947 story of six men, an oceangoing raft and a wild and crazy theory was a media sensation that gripped the world's imagination - and launched a thousand tiki bars.

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Spirited lark 'Angels Share' keeps you rooting to end

Spirited lark 'Angels Share' keeps you rooting to end

In wily British director Ken Loach's spirited caper "The Angels' Share," an ex-con and new dad who wants to turn over a new leaf discovers that he has a connoisseur's taste for whisky.

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Spirited lark 'Angels Share' keeps you rooting to end

Spirited lark 'Angels Share' keeps you rooting to end

You'll have to wait until it ends to see whether crime pays in Ken Loach's spirited caper "The Angels' Share." But it's a testament to the veteran British filmmaker's wily ways - and to his strong social (and socialist) conscience - that you'll find yourself rooting for his band of underclas…

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'Wrong' doesn't feel right

'Wrong' doesn't feel right

A man wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life - his dog, Paul. His journey seems a bit unfocused, however.

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'Wrong' doesn't feel right

'Wrong' doesn't feel right

Quentin Dupieux's "Rubber" remains one of the most ridiculously inventive movies of recent years, an alternate universe horror film about a tire that gains telekinetic powers.

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'Erased' never sketches in decent villain for Eckhart

Just once, it'd be nice if the couple fleeing from a trigger-happy hit man through, say, a crowded hospital, would yell out - "Run for your lives!" And if the hospital's in Belgium, say, it'd be nice for them to yell it in French.

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'Kon-Tiki,' this time in English, recounts incredible journey

'Kon-Tiki,' this time in English, recounts incredible journey

The cinematic retelling of Thor Heyerdahl's epic voyage in 1947 includes a smattering of open-ocean problems. Here, it's a close encounter with a whale.

May 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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