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Sentimental 'Diviner' tells story of a grieving dad

Sentimental 'Diviner' tells story of a grieving dad

Thursday, April 23, 2015
The century-old open wound of Gallipoli, Australia’s ill-fated entry into World War I, makes a vivid and grim backdrop for Russell Crowe’s “The Water Diviner,” a sensitive and sentimental story about a grieving father looking for the bodies of the three sons he lost there.
 
'Ex Machina' a cerebral, chilling thriller

'Ex Machina' a cerebral, chilling thriller

Thursday, April 23, 2015
“Ex Machina” is an “Island of Dr. Moreau” for the singularity era. It’s a cerebral, chilling and austere thriller that stokes our fears about digital privacy and artificial intelligence, a film that works largely thanks to a breakout mechanically empathetic turn by Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair,” “Seventh Son”).
 
'Adaline' a love story that defies aging

'Adaline' a love story that defies aging

Thursday, April 23, 2015
As a twentysomething who stopped aging 80 years ago, Blake Lively suggests several lifetimes of experience in a love story that ranges from wistful to hopeful.
 
'Little Boy' an ambitious but cluttered weeper

'Little Boy' an ambitious but cluttered weeper

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Racism and religion, hatred and friendship, bullying and war, atomic bombs and the consequences of using them — heavy stuff to pack into a faith-based film. And one aimed at children.
 
‘Unfriended’ a horror film for the cyber generation

‘Unfriended’ a horror film for the cyber generation

Friday, April 17, 2015
Horror film's actors interact through Skype, with back-story elements handled through online searches. Even the soundtrack is created using the tunes stored on one of the computers.
 
Even the kids won't laugh at ‘Blart’ sequel

Even the kids won't laugh at ‘Blart’ sequel

Friday, April 17, 2015
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is even more of a kids’ movie than the 2009 original — slapstick and sight gags built around a clueless plump lump.
 
Lively monkeys spice up nature film

Lively monkeys spice up nature film

Friday, April 17, 2015
“Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka.
 
Best-selling novel becomes bloated movie

Best-selling novel becomes bloated movie

Friday, April 17, 2015
The best-selling novel “Child 44” by Tom Rob Smith runs well over 400 pages, and that’s perhaps the first hint as to why the movie based on it seems to veer in 40 different directions.
 
Franco, Hill star in gripping ‘True Story’

Franco, Hill star in gripping ‘True Story’

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Jonah Hill and James Franco play a co-dependent odd couple: a disgraced New York Times reporter desperately in search of a career-reviving scoop and an accused murderer using the Times reporter’s identity as he flees the country.
 
New teaser trailer for new 'Star Wars' film debuts

New teaser trailer for new 'Star Wars' film debuts

Thursday, April 16, 2015
The force won't officially awaken until December, but Star Wars fans got an early glimpse Thursday with the debut of a spooky new teaser trailer from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
 
'Furious 7' maintains breakneck pace
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'Furious 7' maintains breakneck pace

Sunday, April 12, 2015
The high-octane thriller “Furious 7” maintained speed in its second week, racing away with $60.6 million at North American theaters and bringing its box-office total to a robust $252.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
 
Young stars traverse a high-fructose road into a fantasy land

Young stars traverse a high-fructose road into a fantasy land

Thursday, April 9, 2015
The pretty coed doesn’t want to go, doesn’t seeing herself “as a rodeo gal.” But her sorority sisters insist that she ogle the “easy on the eyes” cowboys with them.
 
Pacino, Plummer give film charm, humor

Pacino, Plummer give film charm, humor

Thursday, April 9, 2015
“I was the real thing once,” says Al Pacino’s rock star protagonist Danny Collins in a moment of late-in-life crisis.
 
Stiller conveys angst over younger generation

Stiller conveys angst over younger generation

Thursday, April 9, 2015
It hits us all, that day when “hip” suggests “replacement” and “Old Man/Old Woman Talk” enters our vocabulary. We scratch our heads over names like Kanye and Lena and cope, with growing confusion, at the next generation’s values.
 
Helen Mirren shines in film that’s not quite gold

Helen Mirren shines in film that’s not quite gold

Thursday, April 9, 2015
A great story doesn’t always translate into a great movie, even when Helen Mirren’s on hand.
 
 

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