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Movie Review: “Heaven Knows What”

The novelty of having a real homeless junkie play a version of herself drives “Heaven Knows What,” a gritty hand-held character portrait of heroin addict life in New York today. The unblinking character study, shot in muted shades of grey, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Results”

“Results” is a random, generally pointless romantic comedy set in the world of personal trainers. We have Trevor (Guy Pearce), the Aussie building his dream “Power 4 Life” gym in Austin, Texas, exercising compulsively, with only his big galoot of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Barely Lethal”

“Barely Lethal” is a fairly amusing rough draft for a high concept high school romantic comedy. It’s “Agent Cody Banks” meets “Sixteen Candles” — with quotably snark one-liners, hormonal kids being hormonal, and a socially inept teen the mean girls … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “In the Name of My Daughter”

A famous French unsolved disappearance and a mother’s decades-long search for justice is the focus of “In the Name of My Daughter.” That, as such, is the promise of the title. But Andre Techine’s ponderous and misshapen tale, told with … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Box Office is a real horse race: “Tomorrowland,””Pitch Perfect” and “Mad Max” in dead heat

The three top films at the box office this Memorial Day weekend are separated by just a few tickets, based on Friday night’s numbers. “Mad Max,””Pitch Perfect 2″ and newcomer “Tomorrowland” are all looking like 3 day weekend winners in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Not much fright in this “Poltergeist”

Well, the little girl gets it. Kennedi Clements plays Maddy Bowen, the child trapped between the real world and the afterlife in the new version of “Poltergeist,” gives us wild-eyed terror that we can hang onto and a blood-curdling scream … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Skin and sin and church tumble together in “Chocolate City”

What’s that old showbiz maxim? “Just give the people what they want.” That’s the byword for “Chocolate City,” an African American riff on a certain stripper movie smash of a couple of summers back. “Magic Mike ain’t got NOTHING on … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The future isn’t what it used to be in “Tomorrowland”

“Tomorrowland” is Brad Bird’s Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for zombie apocalypses, environmental catastrophes and the 24 hours of fear telecast by cable news. It’s a movie for the “dreamers,” the ones like its … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Aloft” never, for one second, takes flight

“Aloft” is a melancholy, cryptic drama that guards its secrets as if they’re the answer to some ancient riddle about the human condition. And they’re not. Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (“The Milk of Sorrow”) landed a top flight cast, and … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Farewell Party”

Steve Allen’s famous equation, “Tragedy plus time equals comedy” is seriously stretched in “The Farewell Party,” a darker-than-dark Israeli comedy about old people seeking “death with dignity.” The deaths are sad, gripping affairs, the terminally ill and terminally old seeking … Continue reading

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