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‘Dumber, To’ is not only dumber, it's sad and stale, too

‘Dumber, To’ is not only dumber, it's sad and stale, too

Twenty years after they permanently lowered the bar on broad and dumb character comedies, Lloyd and Harry are back, “Dumb and Dumber” than ever in “Dumb and Dumber To.”

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Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ captures a real-life war of wills in an Iranian prison

Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’ captures a real-life war of wills in an Iranian prison

Maziar Bahari was a reporter in the right place at the right time. An Iranian ex-pat turned Western journalist, he toted a video camera and moved with smiling, cautious ease through his native land — catching up with his mom, careful not to expose himself or his sources as Iran’s 2009 electi…

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is an action-packed epic, a moving sci-fi allegory rendered in broad, lush strokes by the latest state of the computer animator’s art.

July 08, 2014 5:54 pm
Nicolas Cage has the role of a lifetime in 'Joe'

Nicolas Cage has the role of a lifetime in 'Joe'

“Joe” is the movie that will make you remember how good Nicolas Cage once was and can be again.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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3 Days to Kill review

3 Days to Kill review

Kevin Costner and the director McG are plunged into the madcap mayhem of Monsieur Luc Besson in “3 Days to Kill,” a serio-comic thriller about mortality, murder for hire and fatherhood.

February 17, 2014 6:55 pm Photos

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The Monuments Men Review

The Monuments Men Review

“The Monuments Men” is the “Last Vegas” of World War II movies.

January 30, 2014 2:43 pm

Movie titles worth waiting for in 2014

Everything old is new again at this movies this year. And weíre not just talking about sequels.

January 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

'Devil' is sultry, but misses mark as horror

“Here Comes the Devil” is a case study in how to make your low-budget horror movie sellable.

January 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Stately 'Mandela' humanizes an African icon

Stately 'Mandela' humanizes an African icon

As Nelson Mandela, Idris Elba towers over the rest of the cast in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” That’s literally true and perfectly accurate. Mandela was tall, as is Elba (of the “Thor” movies and “Takers”). And Elba manages both the voice and a hint of the presence of the great man.

December 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Homefront': Standard-issue Statham (but check out Kate Bosworth)

The Jason Statham vehicle “Homefront” is such a generic tough-guy-against-the-odds ’80s style actioner that you’d swear Sly Stallone starred in it. He did, back in the day. Or versions of it.

November 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Lance Armstrong's cheating scandal explored

Lance Armstrong's cheating scandal explored

It would be too easy to dismiss Alex Gibney’s “The Armstrong Lie” as a two-hour-and-three-minute exercise in moral relativism and rationalization, too late to the party about a cheating athlete we’ve already made up our minds about —again.

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Review: 'Delivery Man' delivers when it needs to

Review: 'Delivery Man' delivers when it needs to

“Delivery Man” is a Vince Vaughn comedy about an irresponsible oaf who discovers that his sperm-donations-for-money years resulted in 533 kids he never knew he had.

November 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
‘Last Vegas’ is ‘Hangover’ with heart — and old guys

‘Last Vegas’ is ‘Hangover’ with heart — and old guys

Paddy is a widower who spends his lonely days watching TV in his bathrobe.

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‘Ender’s Game’ glumly launches another YA sci-fi franchise

‘Ender’s Game’ glumly launches another YA sci-fi franchise

In a future where families are encouraged not to overbreed, Ender Wiggin is “a third,” the third child born to his family. “An extra.”

October 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

‘Gravity’ has the weight of an epic space opera

Technically dazzling and emotionally gripping, “Gravity” is a space-age science fiction thriller grounded in something pretty close to reality.

October 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
'Baggage Claim' arrives already jet-lagged

'Baggage Claim' arrives already jet-lagged

Paula Patton fizzes and flounces through “Baggage Claim,” a romantic comedy about a flight attendant who gives herself “30 days and 30 thousand miles” to find some man to “put a ring on it” before her sister’s wedding.

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Naomi Watts has a little 'twisted' fun with 'midlife crisis' movie

At the end of September, two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts turns 44. So this fall is probably the perfect time for her  “midlife crisis” movie — “Adore” — to come out.

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‘Getaway’ finishes the summer cinema season with a whimper

‘Getaway’ finishes the summer cinema season with a whimper

And thus does a summer that started with a silly car chase picture end with a sillier one.

August 29, 2013 12:00 am
'Closed Circuit' comes up short

'Closed Circuit' comes up short

A terrorist attack, a murderous cover-up, a highly publicized trial and two lawyers — former lovers — forced to stay apart during the proceedings, “Closed Circuit” has all the makings for an incendiary thriller.

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'Passion' is the very thing this thriller lacks

“Passion” is Brian De Palma’s teasing, overripe remake of the forgettable French thriller “Love Crime.”

August 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
‘One Direction’ film sanitized for teenage protection

‘One Direction’ film sanitized for teenage protection

You could be forgiven for rolling your eyes at the news that last summerís flashy pre-fab pop phenomenon One Direction would be releasing a concert documentary this summer.

August 28, 2013 10:28 am Photos

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No brakes applied in 'Premium Rush'

No brakes applied in 'Premium Rush'

Michael Shannon plays a villain with "impulse-control issues" in the bike-courier thriller "Premium Rush." Shannon fans will salivate at the thought of that. Nobody can turn on the "impulse-control" scary like Michael Shannon.

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'Hysteria' aims high, hits giggles

'Hysteria' aims high, hits giggles

There's an adorable, cutesy vulgarity at work in "Hysteria," a semiserious Victorian-era comedy about the liberating power of the first electrical vibrator.

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Frothy 'Marigold Hotel' doesn't condescend - or fail to amuse

Frothy 'Marigold Hotel' doesn't condescend - or fail to amuse

"Do not go gently into that good night," the poet urged us. And that goes for actors as well as anybody else.

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'Expecting' delivers on laughs

'Expecting' delivers on laughs

"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a "Valentine's Day" take on impending parenthood. Assorted couples cope with pregnancies, planned and unplanned, adoption and the epic change that is coming to their lives.

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'Shadows' is lighter with Burton

The years, gray hairs and wrinkles fade away from Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer, and the cobwebs are brushed off "Dark Shadows" in Tim Burton's campy and dark take on the late 1960s vampire soap opera. A cheesy and cheap but beloved TV program takes an affectionate ribbing in the film, w…

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Clay animation takes a dent in 'Pirates'

Clay animation takes a dent in 'Pirates'

There's an inviolable law of animated films - the more "names" you have in the voice cast, the weaker you know your film is.

April 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Statham is all over the bad guys in 'Safe'

Statham is all over the bad guys in 'Safe'

His Awesomeness, Jason Statham, has let it be known that he chooses his films based on the fight choreographer the producers hire. Often as not, that blows up in his face. Why else would the Human Bullet from Blighty end up in dogs like "War," "Transporter 3" and "Death Race"?

April 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Bye-bye 'American Pie'

Bye-bye 'American Pie'

So why, why more "American Pie"?

April 05, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Intelligently done 'Intruders' no dumbed-down horror flick

Intelligently done 'Intruders' no dumbed-down horror flick

When everything in a movie is an effect, they cease to be "special." So limiting effects to the basics, especially in a horror movie, especially one as lean and primal as "Intruders," is how you make them truly "special" again - special and genuinely chilling.

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'Titans' tickles the funny bone on its way to Hades

What's the old saying - "3-D fool me once, shame on you, 3-D fool me twice, shame on me?"

March 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

'John Carter' lives for popcorn eaters

"John Carter" is a bloated sci-fi epic made watchable by swell effects, passable performances and those little dashes of humor that reassure us that the filmmakers know this is all a lark - no matter what the budget. 

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Songs, color make 'Lorax' glorious tale

Songs, color make 'Lorax' glorious tale

From the day it was published, Dr. Seuss' environmental parable "The Lorax" has courted controversy. A screed about consumerism, greed and its cost to the environment, this anti-clear-cutting tale prompted protests in lumber-country school districts and just last week inspired an attention-s…

March 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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'Project X' is wearingly familiar

'Project X' is wearingly familiar

"Project X" is the movie equivalent of that good-looking, well-off teenage boy your gut tells you to keep away from your teenage daughter. He may turn on the charm and come from what we assume is a "good family" (as if money were a determiner). But something sets off the warning bells - that…

March 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Spies who just want to get the girl

Spies who just want to get the girl

In "This Means War," Tom Hardy and Chris Pine audition for James Bond and Ethan Hunt, respectively, playing CIA pals who always get their man. And they play guys who call on all their spycraft - and a lot of national security infrastructure - in competing to woo the same winsome blond, Laure…

February 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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'Journey 2' Verne variation neither smart nor clever

'Journey 2' Verne variation neither smart nor clever

Cast and crew err on the side of silly in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," the amusingly childish sequel to that unlikely 2008 hit "Journey to the Center of the Earth." They've rendered Jules Verne's novel into a jokey lark, with broad, corny wisecracks, comic sidekicks and everybody riff…

February 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Whales do make you feel good

Whales do make you feel good

The title isn't an exaggeration. It was something of a "Big Miracle," the way the plight of a family of gray whales, stranded under the Alaska ice, captivated the country and forced oil men and environmentalists, natives and Cold War foes to team up back in the waning days of the Reagan admi…

February 02, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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In ghost thriller, Radcliffe proves there's life after 'Potter'

In ghost thriller, Radcliffe proves there's life after 'Potter'

Daniel Radcliffe acquits himself reasonably well in his first adult big-screen role, a man haunted by "The Woman in Black."

February 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Downey, Law still cast long 'Shadows'

Downey, Law still cast long 'Shadows'

For much of the cinema's history, the movies have had the good sense to keep Sherlock Holmes' nemesis Professor Moriarty off camera, an unseen menace made all the more menacing by his absence.

December 15, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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