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‘We Are Your Friends’ is an entertaining musical romp

‘We Are Your Friends’ is an entertaining musical romp

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction.
 

‘Marlon’ a revealing look at a brilliant and troubled actor

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Directed by Stevan Riley, the revelatory documentary "Listen to Me Marlon" boasts a narration by none other than the film’s subject.
 

Film as rewarding as it is squirm-inducing

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Even for freewheeling 1970s San Francisco, Minnie Goetze isn’t your typical 15-year-old.
 
‘No Escape’ provides thrills, chills — and an ugly worldview

‘No Escape’ provides thrills, chills — and an ugly worldview

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
If what you’re seeking in the doldrums of August is stomach-churning, eye-watering suspense, “No Escape” delivers just that — but falls short with a tone-deaf story and extremely xenophobic worldview.
 
'Tour' shows duel of wits between brilliant minds

'Tour' shows duel of wits between brilliant minds

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
“The End of the Tour” is adapted by screenwriter Donald Margulies from writer David Lipsky’s “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” Lipsky’s chronicle of five days spent with the author in the immediate afterglow of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic, “Infinite Jest.”

 
Violence, comedy in ‘American Ultra’ beautifully reflect world view

Violence, comedy in ‘American Ultra’ beautifully reflect world view

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
What buoys “American Ultra” are the talented actors who bring real emotional stakes to their characters. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are perfectly matched, and her performance is a warm reminder that Stewart, released from the chains of “Twilight,” is a remarkable actress. You really do believe in their love and want these kids to make it.
 
Postwar drama 'Phoenix' focuses on trust, betrayal

Postwar drama 'Phoenix' focuses on trust, betrayal

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
Phoenix,” a moody post-Holocaust noir, stars the formidable German actress Nina Hoss.
 
‘Sinister’ sequel has same ghoul, fewer scares

‘Sinister’ sequel has same ghoul, fewer scares

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
‘Sinister 2,’ like its predecessor, follows the creepy crawly antics of the ghoulish Bughuul (Nick King), installed in an old abandoned farmhouse where some grisly murders happened.
 
‘Hitman: Agent 47’ is dead on arrival

‘Hitman: Agent 47’ is dead on arrival

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
The overly serious “Hitman: Agent 47” is so coldblooded, it’s practically reptilian.
 
'U.N.C.L.E.' reincarnation is all surface, no substance

'U.N.C.L.E.' reincarnation is all surface, no substance

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
The latest cinematic Rube Goldberg machine from Guy Ritchie, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” is pretty to look at, anyway.
 
‘Compton’ nails the rise of rap group N.W.A.

‘Compton’ nails the rise of rap group N.W.A.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015
Director F. Gary Gra's music biography of seminal rappers N.W.A. is a story of friends — poet Ice Cube (an excellent O’Shea Jackson Jr., Ice Cube’s son), beat master Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), former drug dealer and money man Eazy-E (an absolutely riveting and often funny Jason Mitchell), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) — who grow together through music and then apart through success.
 
Cultish family makes ‘Wolfpack’ seem like reality TV

Cultish family makes ‘Wolfpack’ seem like reality TV

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
“The Wolfpack” captures the coming of age of six brothers, sons of a couple of parents they describe as “hippies,” who grew up poor, confined to a dumpy apartment in New York City, home-schooled, “protected” from the outside world, but given complete access to movies.
 
Streep, Kline lead skillful cast in subtle character study of broken family

Streep, Kline lead skillful cast in subtle character study of broken family

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
Early on in “Ricki and the Flash,” Ricki (Meryl Streep) gets a call that disarms her before she’s even decided to pick it up. With smoky eyes, braided rocker hair and a swagger that suggests skin that’s as thick as her leather pants, this doesn’t seem like a woman who would back down from a challenge.
 
Murderous drama takes twists, turns to far-fetched ending

Murderous drama takes twists, turns to far-fetched ending

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
For those who loved the twisty and twisted narrative of last year’s “Gone Girl,” “Dark Places” — also from the mind of novelist Gillian Flynn — just might scratch that itch for mystery.
 
New ‘Fantastic’ film predictable, dull

New ‘Fantastic’ film predictable, dull

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015
“Fantastic” is a strange name to claim for oneself. It implies a certain level of pizzazz, of genius, of flash-bang razzle dazzle. And with characters that have powers like invisibility, force fields, flying fireballs and rock clobbering, you might expect some level of fantastic fantasy.
 
 

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