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High-school labels get come-uppance in fast-paced flick

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Mae Whitman sasses, sashays and sparkles in “The DUFF,” a snappy, sweet-spirited teen comedy about a smart girl who tries to fight high school labeling with wit and words. And the occasional punch.
 

Costner pitch-perfect in feel-good ‘McFarland’

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
"McFarland, USA” could so easily have been yet another mushy, feel-good, by-the-numbers sports underdog movie. And in beginning, it seems like it’s heading there.
 
Laughs are few in stoner time travel sequel ‘Hot Tub 2’

Laughs are few in stoner time travel sequel ‘Hot Tub 2’

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Actor John Cusack has been reduced to Z-grade action comedies, shot in Australia and co-starring Thomas Jane, at this stage of his career.
 
'Fashion Police' host Griffin gets Oscars red carpet ready
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'Fashion Police' host Griffin gets Oscars red carpet ready

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Kathy Griffin likes to joke (or is she serious?) that, one year on her tax return, she put her profession as "Anonymous." Such is her multi-hyphenate stature: a standup comic, sitcom star, reality-show queen, periodic D-Lister and, now, host of "Fashion Police," E! network's rollicking red-carpet rip.
 
'Fifty Shades of Grey' has strong opening
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' has strong opening

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Audiences were more than curious to check out the big-screen adaptation of the racy phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend. The erotic R-rated drama sizzled in its debut.
 

Unsentimental approach helps film about Alzheimer’s succeed

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Alice Howland is a woman of science, a Columbia University academic whose expertise is linguistics, the common ways babies learn languages as infants.
 
Spy drama ‘Kingsman’ all dressed up with no place to go

Spy drama ‘Kingsman’ all dressed up with no place to go

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
There may be a good film buried inside “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” a well-cast and sporadically entertaining but overly long, exceedingly violent and ultimately perplexing spin on the comic-book action movie.
 

Director makes mistake of casting himself in the lead

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
The faith-based romance “Old Fashioned” is a slow, preachy romantic comedy opening Valentine’s Day week opposite “Fifty Shades of Grey,” counter-programming kinky “love” with love from Corinthians.
 
Erotic best-seller becomes ‘Shades’ of blah

Erotic best-seller becomes ‘Shades’ of blah

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Whether you’re one of the 100 million who bought, and presumably read, E L James’ kinky book, the buzz surrounding this fan fiction turned international phenomenon is enough to pique the interest of a rock. The movie opens today.
 
Sony and Marvel team up for the future of Spider-Man
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Sony and Marvel team up for the future of Spider-Man

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Sony and Marvel/Disney are finally bringing Spider-Man and the Avengers back together.
 
Runaway hit 'Sniper' falls victim to 'SpongeBob'
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Runaway hit 'Sniper' falls victim to 'SpongeBob'

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” finally unseated Clint Eastwood’s runaway hit “American Sniper” at the weekend box office, while a pair of high-priced fantasies flopped.
 

A new low: ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is nadir of Wachowskis’ career

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
The Wachowskis cash their last blank check from Warner Brothers with “Jupiter Ascending,” an excruciatingly empty chunk of eye candy that spends over two hours trying to convince us they’re not ripping off “Dune.”
 

Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr. Turner’ brings great painter to life

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Mike Leigh, cinematic celebrator of the British working classes, delivers his second sumptuous period biography in “Mr. Turner,” a lovely, lively and languorous biopic that’s almost as painterly as its subject.
 
Latest ‘SpongeBob’ movie a zany caper for kids

Latest ‘SpongeBob’ movie a zany caper for kids

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Would that all of our brains resembled that of SpongeBob SquarePants — and we’re talking about his actual brain, like, the cerebral matter located somewhere inside that porous yellow body.
 

‘Seventh Son’ wears out its welcome

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
There’s a fine line between charm and cheese in fantasy epics, and movies as silly and overwrought as “Seventh Son” only help to illustrate just how hard it is to hit the right tone when balancing action, romance, (attempted) wit, and the creation of the world.
 
 

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