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Weekend Box Office: “Adaline” neck and neck with no-neck “Furious,” “Ex Machina” opens well

Last weekend in April, most of the releases rolled out this weekend are in the tentative territory. The faith-based fumble “Little Boy” is on over 1,000 theaters, and may barely crack the Top Ten, per Deadline.com. “Ex Machina”, very smart, … Continue reading

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Alicia Vikander is no robot, though she plays one — convincingly — in “Ex Machina”

Starlet Alicia Vikander has her breakout role in the critically-adored/fanboy-hyped artificial intelligence thriller “Ex Machina.” Playing a robot whose creator suspects she might pass for sentient Vikander shows a “placid inscrutability that can pass for either naivete or artful manipulation” … Continue reading

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Next interview: Questions for Arnold Schwarzenegger?

You have never seen Arnold Schwarzenegger the way you see him in “Maggie.” Compassionate, sad, he’s the father of a college age daughter (Abigail Breslin) who has to watch her decline after she is infected in the global “necro-virus” that … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “See You in Valhalla”

You see “Valhalla” in the title, you meet a young meth addict who dies “the Viking way.” There’s a spacey/druggie personal trainer moved to learn archery who hallucinates an order to “build an ark.” So unless you’re movie-math illiterate, you … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Age of Adaline”

Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so “The Age of Adaline” falls neatly into a genre that includes “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “About Time,” and even “Somewhere … Continue reading

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“Tomorrow” — the third trailer, is this Walt Disney’s theme park come to (cinematic) life?

The mysterious and cryptic early talk about Disney’s “Tomorrowland” (May 22) is that it connected with early ideas that Walt Disney himself had — notes — about the Tomorrowland part  of the theme parks, and a possible movie tied into … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “After the Ball” updates “Cinderella,” with a touch of “Twelfth Night”

Every girl, Disney has always told us, wants that slipper to fit. And with a new generation indoctrinated thanks to the latest “Cinderella,” that taste for tiaras isn’t going away any time soon. Nor, it would appear, is the story … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Adult Beginners”

“Adult Beginners” started life as a showcase for comic writer-actor Nick Kroll, who concocted the story. But any notion that the star of “Kroll Show” might reinvent himself with this film goes out the window when first we meet Jake, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “24 Days” is a lax, submissive French kidnapping thriller

The French kidnapping thriller “24 Days” is a true story, an opening narration tells us (in French, with English subtitles), “all too true.” It’s about the disappearance of a handsome young womanizer, nabbed by men in cahoots with a temptress … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Forger”

The stakes shouldn’t feel as low as they do in “The Forger.” An art theft thriller about stealing one of the most famous paintings by Claude Monet should have been a suspenseful peek into the criminal art forger’s craft, a … Continue reading

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