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'Avengers' passes $300M mark in 10 days
LOS ANGELES

'Avengers' passes $300M mark in 10 days

Sunday, May 10, 2015
The “Age of Ultron” is not over. The Avengers sequel topped the domestic box office for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $77.2 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
 
‘Pursuit’ of laughter no fun ride

‘Pursuit’ of laughter no fun ride

Friday, May 8, 2015
Cheap, short and slow, “Hot Pursuit” is a comedy that never lets your forget that pairing up Sofia Vergara with Reese Witherspoon should have worked better than this.
 
'Avengers' sequel has $187M U.S. opening
LOS ANGELES

'Avengers' sequel has $187M U.S. opening

Sunday, May 3, 2015
The Avengers are mighty, but not enough to beat themselves. The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.
 

Binoche is luminous in tradition of movies about aging actresses

Friday, May 1, 2015
The aging actress has always been a deliciously potent subject for movies, from Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” to Margo Channing in “All About Eve” and way beyond.
 

Dancer seeks freedom against backdrop of repression of art

Friday, May 1, 2015
“So you are an artist,” an Iranian member of the Basij, the country’s paramilitary morality police, hisses at the hero of “Desert Dancer,” who is about to be punished.
 
Is 'Avengers' near end of shelf life?

Is 'Avengers' near end of shelf life?

Friday, May 1, 2015
The old maxim goes “casting is 90 percent” of movie-making, and nowhere is that more obvious than the Marvel corps assembled for these Avengers movies.
 
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.
 
 

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