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"Pompeii" a disaster movie that puts unusual emphasis on characters

"Pompeii" a disaster movie that puts unusual emphasis on characters

“Pompeii” is half sword-and-sandal epic, half disaster movie and all guilty pleasure.

February 17, 2014 8:13 pmLoading…
An extraordinary study of love and art under duress

An extraordinary study of love and art under duress

“Cutie and the Boxer” is the story of an extraordinary marriage between two people bound together by their artistic impulse.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Director, powerful cast keep ‘Furnace’ stoked

Director, powerful cast keep ‘Furnace’ stoked

“Out of the Furnace” takes place in a small Pennsylvania town where generations of men have followed their fathers into grueling, thankless jobs at steel mills. The work is hard and unsatisfying, but it’s steady and reliable and it pays just enough to cover the bills.

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A transfixing exploration of a cultural movement born out of death and crime.

A transfixing exploration of a cultural movement born out of death and crime.

The statistics are staggering, unbelievable, heartbreaking. In 2007, there were 320 murders in Ciudad Juárez, a city on the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2010, after a war between five drug cartels erupted throughout the country, the death toll was 3,622. That same year, El Paso, which is just acro…

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Spike Lee makes 'Oldboy' safe(r) for U.S. audiences

A Hollywood remake of “Oldboy” sounds daunting, improbable and guaranteed to fail.

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Review: 'Thor' sequel gets lost in space

Review: 'Thor' sequel gets lost in space

There’s a fleet and funny comic-book movie buried inside “Thor: The Dark World.” You catch glimpses of it here and there, like a shot in which the Asgardian muscle-bound hero (Chris Hemsworth) enters a London flat and hangs his hammer on a coat rack as if it were an umbrella, or a clever seq…

November 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Keeping it all in 'The Family'

Keeping it all in 'The Family'

In the dark comedy “The Family,” Robert DeNiro plays Giovanni Manzoni, a former Mafioso who ratted out his cronies in exchange for immunity and new identity (Fred Black) via the witness protection program. Living in France with his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and two kids (Dianna Agronand, John…

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Rodney Ascher's documentary is an exploration of obsession and an ode to movie love

Rodney Ascher's documentary is an exploration of obsession and an ode to movie love

One person believes "The Shining" was Stanley Kubrick's commentary on the Holocaust. Another points out clues that reveal the film is really about the genocide of Native Americans. Someone else claims the movie was the late filmmaker's way of letting us know the Apollo 11 moon landing was fa…

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'Evil Dead' scares new audiences

'Evil Dead' scares new audiences

In 1982, "The Evil Dead" was one of the countless low-budget, no-star horror pictures that are screened at the Cannes Film Festival, hoping to land distribution.

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Uneven, low-budget 'V/H/S' finds its moments of menace

Uneven, low-budget 'V/H/S' finds its moments of menace

An anthology of found-footage shorts strung together by a flimsy premise, "V/H/S" eschews the polish and sheen of recent pictures such as "Chronicle" and "Project X" and returns to the style's "Blair Witch Project" roots: rough, low-budget, fuzzy and prone to inducing motion sickness in viewers.

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