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'Jones' a gripping, frustrating Civil War drama

'Jones' a gripping, frustrating Civil War drama

Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight, like Oskar Schindler an anomaly in a horrific time and place in "Free State of Jones."

‘The Shallows’ is cheesy summer fun

‘The Shallows’ is cheesy summer fun

Every summer needs a movie that’s as sun-drenched and easy-breezy as “The Shallows,” the Blake Lively vehicle that pits surfer vs. shark.

Movie offers harsh look at beauty industry

Movie offers harsh look at beauty industry

“The Neon Demon,” from Nicholas Winding Refn, the Danish auteur behind the Ryan Gosling cult flick “Drive,” is a movie primarily about Elle Fanning’s face.

Capital Region drive-in movies still enchant

CAPITAL REGION

Capital Region drive-in movies still enchant

Come summer, Darci Wemple waits for the purple dusk of twilight time.

Film ‘Genius’ is a dull slog

What makes a high-minded movie go bad? Screenplay? Casting? Direction? All of the above.

Johnson, Hart save ‘Central Intelligence’ (well, sort of)

Did you know that America has two sweethearts? Obviously, they are Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.

‘Finding Dory’ a sensitive, warm, humorous follow-up to ‘Nemo’

‘Finding Dory’ a sensitive, warm, humorous follow-up to ‘Nemo’

“Finding Dory" amplifies the defining characteristic — short-term memory loss — of the blue tang fish voiced, then and now, with subtle warmth and unerring comic timing by Ellen DeGeneres.

Actor, producer Tate to talk about ‘Love Jones’

SCHENECTADY

Actor, producer Tate to talk about ‘Love Jones’

Larenz Tate will be in Schenectady at Proctors’ GE Theatre on Saturday for a screening of the 1997 film “Love Jones,” and will participate in a question-and-answer session about the movie.

Sequel conjures up enough anxiety to earn its own status

Sequel conjures up enough anxiety to earn its own status

Entering the canon of sequels that are better than the original, “The Conjuring 2” exceeds the scope and scares of the surprise ’70s-era horror hit from 2013.

Futuristic conflict ‘Warcraft’ a gamelike fantasy film

Futuristic conflict ‘Warcraft’ a gamelike fantasy film

Proceed with caution to “Warcraft,” but there is entertainment to be found here.

Gerwig, Moore deliver goods in comic style

Gerwig, Moore deliver goods in comic style

“Maggie’s Plan” has some of the spirit, fabric, and milieu of Woody Allen’s earlier, more resonant comedies.

Filmmaker takes upbeat approach to climate change

Which do you prefer: hope or truth?

Film cleverly finds new ways to cover some old ground

Film cleverly finds new ways to cover some old ground

It’s clever skulduggery, easy to sit back and enjoy, and that’s essentially what the film "Now You See Me 2" pulls off.

Movies help us remember heroism of D-Day

Movies help us remember heroism of D-Day

For John D. Long, D-Day becomes real during the opening scenes of 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan.”

Futuristic sex satire ‘Lobster’ a wonderfully weird movie

Futuristic sex satire ‘Lobster’ a wonderfully weird movie

Deliciously weird, satirically funny and dreamlike — bad dreamlike — “The Lobster” is the sort of visionary film that can only be created by a great provocateur.

Mockumentary mostly funny, but turns self-congratulatory

Mockumentary mostly funny, but turns self-congratulatory

The plotline of the music mockumentary “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” by the sketch comedy group The Lonely Island, is a journey that could be extrapolated onto the story of The Lonely Island themselves.

Love story with bite should please viewers who cry at movies

Love story with bite should please viewers who cry at movies

Giving into its pleasures is not for everyone, but the message of "Me Before You" — live boldly, as the movie’s hashtag encourages — is an admonition that’s awfully hard to dispute.

Ninja Turtles: They’re back, like it or not

Ninja Turtles: They’re back, like it or not

One can question who this movie is for — the nostalgic 30-year-olds who loved the cartoon or younger kids.

Secrets lurk below surface in terrific ‘A Bigger Splash’

Secrets lurk below surface in terrific ‘A Bigger Splash’

During one of the first decadent Italian meals in “A Bigger Splash,” Harry (Ralph Fiennes) cracks open the thick salt crust baked onto a fish to reveal the delicate flesh below.

‘Looking Glass’ doesn’t reflect Carroll’s clever writing

‘Looking Glass’ doesn’t reflect Carroll’s clever writing

“Alice Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to the 2010 release “Alice in Wonderland,” should have been called “Alice in Blunder Land.”

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