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Adventure fable creates dreamlike state, sense of wonderment

Adventure fable creates dreamlike state, sense of wonderment

The adventure fantasy “Kubo and the Two Strings” is seamless stop-motion storytelling, from Laika, the independent animation studio that gave us the darkly entertaining “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “The Boxtrolls.”

Listless morality tale eventually goes to the ‘Dogs’

Listless morality tale eventually goes to the ‘Dogs’

So this is weird: Vocally, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller sound eerily alike, even though they’re completely different physical types. If “War Dogs” were more interesting, funnier, wilder, something, anything, this wouldn’t warrant a mention.

Biblical epic holds its own in cinematic chariot race

Biblical epic holds its own in cinematic chariot race

“Ben-Hur” and Charlton Heston go together like sword and sandal, the two being inextricably linked in the public mind. But the new $100 million version owes less to the well-known 1959 big-screen epic in which Heston starred than to the 1880 Lew Wallace novel, “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ,” on which both are based.

Schenectady workshop to provide expertise to filmmakers

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Schenectady workshop to provide expertise to filmmakers

A film lab will be held in Schenectady next month, in partnership with the newly formed Schenectady Film Commission, to help push local films to market.

‘Indignation’ offers stellar adaptation of Roth novel

“Indignation” tells a very particular story, one that’s bittersweet, heartbreaking and bleakly comic all at once, and it gets it right.

'Pete's Dragon': An eloquent, magic remake of Disney film

'Pete's Dragon': An eloquent, magic remake of Disney film

Wait: How did this happen? How did a remake of the 1977 Disney animation/live-action hybrid “Pete’s Dragon,” a pushy mediocrity from tip to tail, become the most soulful film of the summer, and one of the best of the year?

Foster Jenkins biopic hits all the wrong notes

Foster Jenkins biopic hits all the wrong notes

Perhaps not every quirky true story needs a biopic starring Meryl Streep, as evidenced by Stephen Frears’ bizarre “Florence Foster Jenkins,” the story of a wealthy older woman who launched an amateur singing career in the 1940s, despite her distinct lack of talent.

Raunchy animated movie is gleefully offensive

Leave it to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to take animated films to a realm they’ve never gone before — the hard R-rating.

Nonheroes battle meta-humans, create comic-book mayhem

Nonheroes battle meta-humans, create comic-book mayhem

Superhero fatigue? Warner Brothers and DC Comics have a remedy for that with “Suicide Squad,” filled with characters who are decidedly uninterested in heroics.

Chris Sizemore, whose multiple personality disorder was filmed as 'The Three Faces of Eve,' dies at 89

Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, Sizemore retreated from publicity and lived anonymously for much of her life in Northern Virginia while raising a family.

Movie moms are cartoonish caricatures in shoddy film

Movie moms are cartoonish caricatures in shoddy film

The moms are cartoonish caricatures, and the emotions ring hollow.

Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' seems very familiar

Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society' seems very familiar

Maybe Woody Allen waited too long to make “Cafe Society“; it seems, weirdly, to be an uninspired remake of itself.

‘Nerve’ is thrilling, jittery internet game gone wild

‘Nerve’ is thrilling, jittery internet game gone wild

The film is “Mr. Robot” meets “Battle Royale” with a dash of the stylistic wackiness of Luc Besson’s “Lucy.”

'Bourne' again: Lone wolf returns with action from today’s headlines

'Bourne' again: Lone wolf returns with action from today’s headlines

It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks.

'Ab Fab' makes a wickedly funny return

'Ab Fab' makes a wickedly funny return

This outlandish, flamboyant British trifle is like a glass of champagne directly to the face of these dog days of a very trying summer.

'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' worth searching out

'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' worth searching out

Add this to your list of movies to see this month. Actually, make it first on the lineup.

Latest 'Ice Age' disappoints

Latest 'Ice Age' disappoints

Fourteen years after the first "Ice Age" animated film was a hit, the fifth installment in the franchise, "Ice Age: Collision Course," rolls into theaters. Is it inevitable?

'Lights Out' will make you afraid of the dark if you weren't already

'Lights Out' will make you afraid of the dark if you weren't already

David F. Sandberg's excellent horror flick "Lights Out" is a film about common fears and universal phobias; about things that go bump in the night, and exist only in the dark.

New ‘Star Trek’ a little too familiar

New ‘Star Trek’ a little too familiar

After its impressive “Star Trek” reboot and entertaining sequel, Paramount Pictures faces the inevitable moment when a longtime meal ticket begins to deliver leftovers.

Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days' and director of 'Pretty Woman,' dead at 81

Garry Marshall, creator of 'Happy Days' and director of 'Pretty Woman,' dead at 81

Marshall created some of the most enduring and seminal sitcoms, including "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy." He also transformed Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" into yet another hit sitcom for ABC.

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