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Movie Preview: “Exodus: Gods and Kings” looks Biblical and Digital

Ridley Scott recreates ancient Egypt, perhaps fudging or blundering the dates of Jewish enslavement there, and pits Christian Bale as Moses vs. Joel Edgerton as Pharoah, with Ben Kingsley as the one who recognizes “The Chosen One.” Or in this … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Annabelle” serves up old school scares

A child’s crayon rolls across a floor. Curtains fly back from a window you thought was closed. A TV-distracted seamstress looks at her late model sewing machine less and less as the camera zooms closer and closer to that naked … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Gone Girl” is good, but not one of Fincher’s best

“Gone Girl” is David “Zodiac” Fincher’s seriously twisted, twisty-turny adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel about a husband accused of killing his wife, first by the outrage engine known as cable news, and then by the cops. But that’s only ostensibly … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Reese steps in the background to make “The Good Lie” work

The saga of Sudan’s “Lost Boys,” refugees who wound up in America after fleeing the civil war there, earns an engaging, tear-jerking retelling in “The Good Lie,” a fictionalized account of what faced them. Sudanese children, often orphaned, fled the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Cusack Meets Janes in Oz in “Drive Hard”

Here’s the sort of scruffy action comedy that suits the post-box office-draw careers of one-time hipster John Cusack and fading action star Thomas Jane. It covers the costs of a fun few weeks of working vacation in Australia and provides … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Hero of Color City”

“The Hero of Color City” is a computer-animated cartoon that looked good enough on paper to attract the voice talents of Owen Wilson, Craig Ferguson, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez and Sean Astin among others. Five credited screenwriters later, it comes … Continue reading

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“Good Lie” cast and director talk about America’s need to understand refugees

Those who made the new movie “The Good Lie,” screenwriter Margaret Nagle’s fictionalized account of what many Sudanese “Lost Boys” went through to get to America, figure there’s a timeliness to its history. It’s not just about 1980s East Africa … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Bolivar gets a glossy if superficial biography in “The Liberator”

Simon Bolivar had traits from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Napoleon, all in one titanic personality. Born to wealth, he came to champion equal rights for all South Americans. A military dilettante, he fought in over 100 … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Reitman’s losing streak continues with “Men, Women & Children”

It says something about us as a culture that the moment that provokes gasps of shock in “Men, Women & Children” comes when a media-paranoid mother deletes text messages from her teenage daughter’s phone. We’re shocked at this parental betrayal, … Continue reading

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Today’s first screening: “Birdman”

Seeing this one in prep for an interview with the title character. I remember interviews with Michael Keaton in the ’90s as being singularly unpleasant. He made people cry. Not me, but other journalists. It was all because of where … Continue reading

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