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Young chess master’s true story is a winner

Young chess master’s true story is a winner

The van in which chess coach Robert Katende shuttles his charges has a sticker on the back reading “challenges are not a curse.” It’s a message that’s oft reiterated throughout “Queen of Katwe.”

'Miss Peregrine’ formulaic but has wry humor, enchanting aesthetic

'Miss Peregrine’ formulaic but has wry humor, enchanting aesthetic

The very best Tim Burton films feature a charismatic weirdo at the center of the story who is either preternaturally innocent (Edward Scissorhands, Pee-Wee Herman), or charged with the protection of innocence (Batman). Enter Miss Alma LeFay Peregrine (Eva Green) into the canon of Burton heroes of this type.

'JT Leroy' documentary revisits literary hoax

'JT Leroy' documentary revisits literary hoax

“Author: The JT Leroy Story,” a new documentary by Jeff Feuerzeig (“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”), is a curious attempt to redeem, at least partly, the reputation of a notorious hoax.

Special effects drive oil-spill disaster film 'Deepwater Horizon'

Special effects drive oil-spill disaster film 'Deepwater Horizon'

As an effects-driven disaster movie starring two totems of testosterone — Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell — “Deepwater Horizon” is alarmingly effective.

‘Masterminds’ fine, but it's no masterpiece

‘Masterminds’ fine, but it's no masterpiece

You’ll find much merriment in the lightweight and very silly comedy “Masterminds,” which is astonishingly based on the true story of one of the largest cash robberies in the United States.

Animated ‘Storks’ delivers wacky weirdness

Welcome to the very strange, and strangely moving, world of “Storks.”

Film nearly as dysfunctional as family it depicts

Crises of masculinity abound in John Krasinski’s second directorial effort, “The Hollars.”

'Magnificent Seven' misses the target

'Magnificent Seven' misses the target

It’s an appealing concept — bad guys who can be good, loners who can work together and find camaraderie in a team when it comes to protecting innocents.

Polish director’s horror film evokes legacy of Nazis

Polish director’s horror film evokes legacy of Nazis

“Just a normal wedding,” the mother of the bride sniffs more than halfway through Marcin Wrona’s “Demon.”

Report: Brangelina is breaking up

Report: Brangelina is breaking up

Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, according to TMZ.

Stone makes Snowden story a Hollywood thriller

Stone makes Snowden story a Hollywood thriller

“Snowden” opens with the caveat that this is a “dramatization” of events that happened between 2004 and 2013. It’s an important message to keep in mind.

Bridget’s got a new groove: Zellweger character has fresh charm, humor

Bridget’s got a new groove: Zellweger character has fresh charm, humor

What a treat it is to dive back into the cozy world of Bridget Jones, who is the kind of old friend you can pick up with right where it left off, no matter how long it’s been.

Footage is not all that’s shaky about ‘Blair Witch’

Footage is not all that’s shaky about ‘Blair Witch’

It wasn’t a smart script or great acting that made “The Blair Witch Project” a box office sensation in 1999. It was the creative way the movie was put together and promoted.

Ron Howard’s documentary on the Beatles to open at Proctors

Ron Howard’s documentary on the Beatles to open at Proctors

“Eight Days a Week” chronicles the astonishing wild ride the Beatles were on during the first half of their eight-year life as a group, through the height of Beatlemania.

'Sully' soars thanks to Hanks, Eastwood and strong script

'Sully' soars thanks to Hanks, Eastwood and strong script

The film shows the flight and water landing but mostly focuses on the immediate aftermath.

A chameleonic Weisz invigorates the twisty ‘Complete Unknown’

A chameleonic Weisz invigorates the twisty ‘Complete Unknown’

“Complete Unknown” opens with a dazzling series of brief, interconnected flashbacks, quick glimpses of a series of radically different women. But are they so different after all?

An emotionally realistic coming-of-age story

An emotionally realistic coming-of-age story

There is hardly a shortage of buddy movies about mismatched men bonding under duress, but films that chart the emotional weather of everyday male friendship are rare.

'Pines' director's latest: A melodrama without tears

'Pines' director's latest: A melodrama without tears

With “Blue Valentine” and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” filmmaker Derek Cianfrance has proved that he has a knack for both intimate romantic fables and sweeping family epics that span decades.

Actor Gene Wilder dies at age 83

Actor Gene Wilder dies at age 83

Gene Wilder, an actor whose work with comics Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor made him one of the most popular stars of the 1970s, has died. He was 83.

Strong women take on Wall Street

Strong women take on Wall Street

Wall Street films have traditionally been raucous affairs, featuring bankers, investors, fund managers and traders as hedonistic party boys. If a woman showed up, she’d be there to take shorthand or to strip. Sometimes both.

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