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'Home' surprises with big opening
NEW YORK

'Home' surprises with big opening

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Business was brisk at the weekend box office, where the DreamWorks animated alien adventure “Home” beat out the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard” with a resounding debut of $54 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
 
Filmmaker’s vision is haunting picture of life under jihadist rule

Filmmaker’s vision is haunting picture of life under jihadist rule

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Even though the atrocities committed by radical jihadists dominate the headlines and airwaves, few in the West know what it’s like to live under their reign.
 
Argentine vignettes mix light tone with tension in wild ride

Argentine vignettes mix light tone with tension in wild ride

Thursday, March 26, 2015
“Wild Tales” is a bit of an anomaly in the current movie world: an anthology that’s not a horror film.
 
Unconventional horror flick is stylish, atmospheric

Unconventional horror flick is stylish, atmospheric

Thursday, March 26, 2015
For a teenage girl, it can seem as though everyone is a predator.
 
'Home's' animation clichés appealing only to the very young

'Home's' animation clichés appealing only to the very young

Thursday, March 26, 2015
“Home” is an energetic, obvious animated comedy packed with the sort of low humor and silly laughs that drive very small children wild.
 
Buddy comedy trips while striving to produce politically incorrect fun

Buddy comedy trips while striving to produce politically incorrect fun

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Kevin Hart finds himself shoehorned into a Will Ferrell buddy comedy in “Get Hard,” a politically incorrect romp that only rarely romps.
 

Faith-based weeper has star-studded cast

Monday, March 23, 2015
“Do You Believe?” is a “Crash” for the Christian cinema. A star-studded weeper about faith and how one comes to it, “Believe” takes over an hour before it gives away its connections to “God’s Not Dead.”
 
'Insurgent' shoots down Penn's 'Gunman'
LOS ANGELES

'Insurgent' shoots down Penn's 'Gunman'

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Sean Penn’s “The Gunman” was no match for the rebel kids of “Insurgent.” The second installment in the “Divergent” series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theaters, according Rentrak estimates Sunday. Penn’s geopolitical thriller stumbled with only $5 million.
 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to return to New York
ALBANY

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to return to New York

Friday, March 20, 2015
New York economic development officials say the makers of the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie are returning to the state to film a sequel.
 
Vampire moc-doc a sly, touching take on friendship

Vampire moc-doc a sly, touching take on friendship

Thursday, March 19, 2015
“What We Do in the Shadows” is a slyly hilarious mockumentary about a group of vampires “flatting” together in Wellington, New Zealand.
 
British soldier in peril in action flick ‘71’

British soldier in peril in action flick ‘71’

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Jack O’Connell plays a new army recruit who is immediately shipped off to Belfast, where the sectarian conflict between Protestant loyalists, who want to stay part of the U.K., and Catholic nationalists is at its deadly peak.
 
Sean Penn gets to show off muscles in action film

Sean Penn gets to show off muscles in action film

Thursday, March 19, 2015
At one point in “The Gunman,” the new Sean Penn geopolitical thriller, our star goes surfing. It’s supposed to show he has a reckless side, since he’s surfing in unsafe territory, but it seems to have a larger, much more obvious purpose: To show us that Penn, at 54, is ripped. Very, very ripped.
 
Young adults help save the world again, but get beyond clichés near end

Young adults help save the world again, but get beyond clichés near end

Thursday, March 19, 2015
"Insurgent” doesn’t seriously diverge from the “Divergent/Hunger Games/Maze Runner” formula until its final act. Up until then, this “Divergent” sequel is Young Adults Save the World generic.
 
Irish folk tale turns into magical animated childhood fantasy

Irish folk tale turns into magical animated childhood fantasy

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Every scene is magical, every image a work of art in “Song of the Sea,” the latest Oscar-nominated feature from the folks who gave us “The Secret of Kells.”
 
Classic 1950s sci-fi films land at Proctors on Friday

Classic 1950s sci-fi films land at Proctors on Friday

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
It was probably British actor Michael Rennie’s finest moment on screen. Dressed in a silver space suit, he stood outside his massive flying saucer. A silent, 8-foot tall robot backed him up.
 
 

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