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“The Force Awakens: — Who’s the “old man” and “furball” now, eh?

OK, that’s snarky. But whatever the “Star Wars” continuation promises, I don’t expect much in the way of out-of-body novelty that the first film delivered. It has sentiment going for it, 40 years of improvements in effects, a cooler rollerball … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″

Hello Paul Blart, our old friend. We’ve come to laugh at you again. At the fat jokes that just keep coming. Giggles certain we will be receiving. But the theater just echoes with the sounds…of silence. Sorry, when a movie … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Unfriended”

“Unfriended” is nothing to look at — just a notebook computer screen, pages folded into pages of a teenager’s night of instant messaging, video chatting, Google searching, music streaming, Youtube watching and Facebooking. A tale told in real time, it’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Hill and Franco don’t avoid spoiler alerts in “True Story”

One is a newly-disgraced New York Times reporter desperately in search of a career-reviving scoop. The other is a newly-captured accused murderer, a man who who has been on the lam using the Times reporter’s identity as he fled the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Monkey Kingdom” is a nature doc with a hint of social commentary

“Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of Macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute Macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there’s also a little social commentary … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A civil war revolves around fruit harvest in “Tangerines”

“Tangerines,” Estonia’s Oscar-nominee for best foreign language film this past year, is a parable of peace set during the Georgian civil war. That’s when Muslim Chechnya declared its independence from Christian Georgia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Dead Lands”

Those scowling, tattoo-faced and tongue-licking haka displays that New Zealand’s Maori people trot out for tourists and rugby fans are put to their original purpose in “The Dead Lands,” an unblinkingly fierce and bloody tale of slaughter and revenge. Set … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Beyond the Reach”

“The Most Dangerous Game” is one of the more enduring thriller formulas. About a big game hunter who longs to take a shot at human beings, “the most dangerous” of all game “animals,” it’s been adapted every few years since … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Squeeze”

“The Squeeze” is a an old fashioned tale of gamblers, golfers, the good girl next door and the temptations of the easy life. It’s so old-fashioned that you might think, for half an hour or more, that it’s a faith-based … Continue reading

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Today’s Interview: Got a question for Carey Mulligan?

Loved her in “An Education,” enjoyed her working class turn in “Drive,” testy folk scene diva dish in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” she didn’t let us down (much) in “Great Gatsby,” and she’s right at home in period attire in a … Continue reading

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