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Babbling yellow sidekicks take center stage in ‘Minions’

Babbling yellow sidekicks take center stage in ‘Minions’

Friday, July 10, 2015
Sidekicks rarely shine when thrust into the spotlight, but what about a few hundred of them?
 

‘Gallows’ is hung up in clichés of found-footage horror story

Friday, July 10, 2015
This minimally clever addition to the existing pile of scares, fright and videotape doesn’t seem likely to become a “Paranormal Activity”-type phenomenon.
 

Switching bodies can’t make actors (or audience) happy

Friday, July 10, 2015
In the ineffectual new fantasy-thriller “Self/less” the fantastical plot device — a body-switching process costing millions and not covered by any known health plan — is called “shedding.”
 
Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Amsterdam native Kirk Douglas, dies at 92

Diana Douglas, 1st wife of Amsterdam native Kirk Douglas, dies at 92

Sunday, July 5, 2015
Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

 
Couples explore anxiety, fidelity, performance in ‘Overnight’

Couples explore anxiety, fidelity, performance in ‘Overnight’

Friday, July 3, 2015
Writer-director Patrick Brice’s second feature, following his found-footage thriller “Creep,” works fairly well as a “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” for a new era in edgy-yet-genial commercial sensibilities.
 
Male stripper flick slightly shopworn but has moments

Male stripper flick slightly shopworn but has moments

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
“Magic Mike XXL” comes up a little short compared to the original.
 

Good intentions fail to offset holes in plot of faith-based movie

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
“Faith of Our Fathers,” the latest offering in the growing faith-based film market, gets high points for good intentions but loses most of them for execution.
 
Schwarzenegger makes good on ‘I’ll be back’

Schwarzenegger makes good on ‘I’ll be back’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The "Terminator" — as promised — is back and it is a fun, exciting thrill ride that makes it one of the best action movies of the year.
 
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck say they're getting divorced
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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck say they're getting divorced

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are splitting after 10 years of marriage.
 
'Ted 2': Oh, the stuff that bear does

'Ted 2': Oh, the stuff that bear does

Friday, June 26, 2015
"Ted 2” reunites Mark Wahlberg’s insecure-wallflower character with the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff and racial, sexual, scatological and ’80s-reference insults voiced, with movie-saving acumen, by co-writer and director Seth MacFarlane.
 
‘Max’ manipulative but is passable dog movie

‘Max’ manipulative but is passable dog movie

Friday, June 26, 2015
“Max” is a touching if somewhat clunky crowd-pleaser about a Marine Corps war dog who comes to live with the family of the Marine who died serving with him in Afghanistan.
 
Rickman’s movie could use a bit more chaos

Rickman’s movie could use a bit more chaos

Friday, June 26, 2015
“A Little Chaos” is an overlong ditty of a movie, Alan Rickman’s amusingly fanciful version of how a famous outdoor ballroom in the gardens of Versailles came to be. He directed and co-stars with his “Sense and Sensibility” love interest, Kate Winslet,
 
‘Me and Earl’ is surprising, inspiring and believable

‘Me and Earl’ is surprising, inspiring and believable

Friday, June 26, 2015
There’s an air of precocious genius around “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” an inspired existential comedy. Yes, it’s about two high school boys and a girl, cancer and young love. But it is far wiser than all that.
 
Marvel, Sony cast new Spider-Man for next film in 2017
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Marvel, Sony cast new Spider-Man for next film in 2017

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that "The Impossible" star Tom Holland would be taking over the role of Peter Parker and the web-slinging superhero in the next Spider-Man film, set to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.
 
Vibrating, rollicking 4-D seats in theaters growing
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Vibrating, rollicking 4-D seats in theaters growing

Monday, June 22, 2015
Mike Koenig sat back in his seat for a recent screening of "Mad Max: Fury Road." But this was no ordinary theater chair.
 
 

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