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‘Man Down’ is disappointing hodgepodge of ideas, styles

‘Man Down’ is disappointing hodgepodge of ideas, styles

Before the final credits roll in “Man Down,” statistics are flashed on screen regarding the number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with PTSD or who commit suicide.

In 'Lion,' Dev Patel brings truth to a story that defies belief

In 'Lion,' Dev Patel brings truth to a story that defies belief

Lost as a child, an Indian-Australian adoptee finds his birth mother by using Google Earth.

Documentary tells heartwarming, intimate story of gender rebellion

Documentary tells heartwarming, intimate story of gender rebellion

As unlikely as it is enchanting, “The Eagle Huntress” tells its documentary story with such sureness that falling under its sway is all but inevitable.

‘Nocturnal Animals’ is an absorbing but puzzling effort

‘Nocturnal Animals’ is an absorbing but puzzling effort

I’ve now seen Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals” twice, and I’m still not entirely sure what I think of it. I do know that, even on Round 2, I was never bored.

With songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dwayne Johnson sails into another Disney hit with 'Moana'

With songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dwayne Johnson sails into another Disney hit with 'Moana'

From musical score to animation and story line, 'Moana' is destined to be a hit for Disney this holiday season.

‘Moana’ will warmly fill your heart & soul

‘Moana’ will warmly fill your heart & soul

Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) isn’t your average Disney heroine. For one thing, she has no interest in the title of “princess.”

‘Loving’ turns history into an intimate drama

‘Loving’ turns history into an intimate drama

A century after the Civil War abolished slavery, laws enforcing racial segregation criminalized marriage, and sometimes also sex, between members of different races.

This ‘Santa’ is more sad than bad

This ‘Santa’ is more sad than bad

Thornton is back in his grody Kris Kringle disguise, his highly combustible temper out of control just as before.

Brad Pitt disappoints in ‘Allied’

Brad Pitt disappoints in ‘Allied’

It’s fair to draw a line between 2005’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” in which Pitt and Angelina Jolie starred as a pair of married spies, and “Allied,” in which he stars with Marion Cotillard as a pair of married spies.

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ is a frantic mess

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ is a frantic mess

What better way to round out the month of November 2016 than with a hectic, over-stuffed biopic about an eccentric billionaire despot who uses his inherited wealth to make a giant mess of things in both the entertainment industry and federal government?

Harry Potter’s world enters the Jazz Age with rich new tale

Harry Potter’s world enters the Jazz Age with rich new tale

As soon as the familiar twinkly score starts up and the eerie blue Warner Brothers logo appears on screen before “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” you’re transported back to that oh-so-familiar magical world spun by the keys of J.K. Rowling.

Good fight but not a knockout

Good fight but not a knockout

It doesn’t seem likely that filmmakers will ever grow tired of making boxing films, or that they’ll run out of inspiring athletes to make them about.

A twisty thriller built on sex, power

A twisty thriller built on sex, power

Park Chan-wook’s glorious romantic thriller “The Handmaiden” is far too good to be watched in one sitting.

‘Edge of Seventeen’ an instant teen classic

‘Edge of Seventeen’ an instant teen classic

Every generation needs a defining teen movie, and “The Edge of Seventeen” just might be that film for this generation.

They're here! Alien space film will intrigue some, confuse others

They're here! Alien space film will intrigue some, confuse others

The alien spacecraft in “Arrival” arrive by the dozen, each of the looming, egg-sliced-in-half-shaped wonders looking like the latest in KitchenAid gadgetry writ large.

Mo’Nique delivers most of the cheer in ‘Almost Christmas’

Mo’Nique delivers most of the cheer in ‘Almost Christmas’

If there is any reason, besides an annual craving for cinematic Christmas cheer, to see “Almost Christmas,” that reason is Mo’Nique.

‘Moonlight’ captures universal need to belong

‘Moonlight’ captures universal need to belong

The haunting human quest to belong, to accept others unconditionally and be accepted in return, is the bedrock foundation of limitless myths in countless forms.

Franco's film comes to Union College

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Franco's film comes to Union College

Filming for “The Pretenders,” a movie directed by James Franco, caused a bit of a stir Monday at Union College.

Albany street closures announced due to film production

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Albany street closures announced due to film production

The movie "The Pretenders," directed by James Franco, is moving its production from Troy to Albany this week. Several Albany streets will be closed because of film production, police announced.

In ‘Beasts,’ Rowling cloaks politics in a tale of magic

In ‘Beasts,’ Rowling cloaks politics in a tale of magic

The new film doesn't return to Hogwarts but instead takes place in 1926 New York City.

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