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Review: 'Thor' sequel lacks humanity

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 12:15am
Comic book movies are increasingly, like Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” — lost in space.

Review: 'Ender’s Game' is a glum affair

Fri, 11/01/2013 - 12:15am
In a future where families are encouraged not to overbreed, Ender Wiggin is “a third,” the third child born to his family. “An extra.”

Even Bardem’s hair can’t lift 'Counselor'

Fri, 10/25/2013 - 12:15am
Somewhere deep into “The Counselor,” I found myself mesmerized by a metaphysical monologue from one of the characters — someone who sounded strikingly similar to my college philosophy professo…

Review: Film ambivalent about Assange

Fri, 10/18/2013 - 12:15am
As the world doesn’t seem to have quite made up its mind about Julian Assange, it seems fitting that the new film about him and the rise of Wikileaks has an ambivalence about it as well.

Review: Hanks is stellar in harrowing film

Fri, 10/11/2013 - 12:15am
If you saw Paul Greengrass’ “United 93,” a terrifying depiction of one of the doomed flights on 9/11, you know this director can evoke a harrowing, real-life event like few others. In fact, yo…

Review: ‘Gravity’ delivers terrifying beauty

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 12:15am
In an age when we’re able to consume content so many different ways — and that’s a good thing, mostly — let’s declare right now that there’s only one truly correct way to experience “Gravity,”…

Review: Levitt shines in porn parable

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 12:15am
Jon Martello’s relentless libido has a comic math to it.

Review: 'Prisoners' a gripping revenge saga

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 12:15am
Parenting involves countless mundane decisions — dozens a day. But as any parent knows, the potential for tragedy stemming from a wrong decision is never far from the surface of the mind. What…

Movie review: ‘Family’ trip to France predictable

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:15am
Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in “The Family,” a violent action comedy about a mob family in France thanks to the witness protectio…

Review: ‘Riddick’ riddled with lousy dialogue

Fri, 09/06/2013 - 12:15am
“Somewhere along the way I lost a step,” says Vin Diesel, aka that gravelly voiced, visually impaired, planet-hopping outlaw and badass they call Riddick. “I went and got sloppy.”

Movie review: 'One Direction' sanitized for teenagers

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 12:15am
You could be forgiven for rolling your eyes last summer at the news that last summer’s flashy pre-fab pop phenomenon One Direction would be releasing a concert documentary this summer.

Movie review: Cast reunites for ‘World’s End’

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:15am
Sci-fi movies, we all know, create unlikely heroes, and this summer’s no exception.

Movie review: 'Jobs' more about Apple than the man

Fri, 08/16/2013 - 12:15am
A better title for this film might have been “The History of Apple Computers.”

Movie review: Imaginative 'Elysium' falls just short

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 12:15am
Of all the movie villains we’ve met lately, few are stranger than Delacourt, Jodie Foster’s evil, white-blonde, power-suited and power-hungry defense official in “Elysium,” the much-awaited bu…

Movie review: Firepower overwhelms '2 Guns'

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 12:15am
“2 Guns”? Please. There are enough guns in this movie to arm a small country. Maybe a medium-sized one.

Review: 'Turbo' quickly runs out of gas

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:15am
In delivering a film about a garden snail that dreams of winning the Indy 500, it’s as if the makers of “Turbo” had been pressed to come up with the most extreme underdog tale they could think…

Review: 'Pacific Rim’ is one noisy ride

Fri, 07/12/2013 - 12:15am
It’s one of the saving graces of “Pacific Rim,” Guillermo del Toro’s new mega-budget monsters vs. robots extravaganza, that at a key juncture, it knows how to make fun of itself.

Movie review: ‘Lone Ranger’ is a train wreck

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 12:15am
There’s a limit, it turns out, to how much Johnny Depp and a bucket of makeup can accomplish.

Review: There’s much to like in ‘Despicable Me’ sequel

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 12:15am
Whenever Hollywood cranks out a sequel, there’s the danger it will suffer from a case of the terrible twos.