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Movie Review: “The German Doctor”

As plain and simple as the title is, it still gives the story away.“The German Doctor” is set in South America — Argentina — in 1960. And you’d have to have slept through years of history classes and skipped past … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Railway Man”

In Hollywood parlance, they “meet cute” — he stumbles into her first class seat on the train to Edinburgh. She (Nicole Kidman) is a bit taken aback, but only for a moment. She offers, way too soon, that she’s “newly … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Blue Ruin”

Every homeless man has a story. And in the case of Dwight Evans, the “Duck Dynasty”-bearded hermit of the minimalist thriller “Blue Ruin,” it’s a minor epic.Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s film is about a blood feud, the crippling impact of long-ago … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Last Passenger”

A runaway train tale is a disaster made for the movies. It happens in real time, a ticking clock thriller where “the end of the line” is literally the end of the line for its victims. We learn which characters … Continue reading

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Box Office: “Heaven is for Real” opens big, “Transcendence” doesn’t, “Bears” bombs

This spring’s steady diet of faith-based films has apparently gotten SOME folks back in the habit of going to the movies. The faithful are tithing to Tristar as Sony’s “Heaven is for Real,” based on the best seller about a … Continue reading

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Easter Weekend Box Office: Can “Heaven is for Real” transcend “Transcendence”?

Neither of the major openings this weekend has a prayer of catching “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” or “Rio 2.” The bad reviews for Johnny Depp’s last film in which he does not play a pirate (merely a prediction) won’t … Continue reading

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Next screening: “Belle”

A period piece about an illegitimate, mixed-raced beauty raised by her aristocratic uncle (Tom Wilkinson), “Belle” could be a breakthrough role for Gugu Mbatha-Raw, of English and South African ancestry. And in a posh period piece, no less. Matthew Goode, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Gabrielle”

Gabrielle is 22 and impulsive. But who isn’t, at that age?She wears her heart on her sleeve and a grin on her face. She loves her bracelets, and she loves to sing. Gabrielle has perfect pitch, “just like my father.” … Continue reading

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Weekend movies: Thumbs up on “Bears,” but “Heaven” isn’t for real and “Transcendence” is trashed”

No surprise that another of Disneynature’s engaging, kid-friendly documentaries has earned universal thumbs up from critics. “Bears” has really good photography, faintly cute (ok, cloying) narration by the ursine John C. Reilly, and no bear dies. What’s not to love? … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Transcendence” doesn’t transcend cliches

For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn’t take a role that required him to get a haircut. “Chocolat,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Sleepy Hollow” — unchallenging, mop-topped coincidences, or a … Continue reading

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