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Movie Review: “A la Mala”

Maria Laura, the heroine of our story, is thin, slinky bombshell of an actress who uses her talents to flirt with other women’s beaus to test their loyalty. The acting roles aren’t there, but there is no shortage of women … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Bluebird”

Lesley is a conscientious school bus driver. A kid doesn’t have a stocking cap for his snowy walk home from his bus stop, she gives him hers. She parks her vehicle at the end of a shift, mentions to the … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Deli Man”

You may see better, more Oscar-worthy documentaries this year. But you will never see one more mouth watering than “Deli Man,” Erik Greenberg Anjou’s look at the dying dietary tradition of America’s Jewish delicatessens. It’s a playful and tasty crash … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Duff”

Mae Whitman sasses, sashays and sparkles in “The DUFF,” a snappy, sweet-spirited teen comedy about a smart girl who tries to fight high school labeling with wit and words. And the occasional punch. It’s a paint-by-numbers romantic comedy. But Whitman, … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: Bad reviews won’t keep “Fifty Shades” from binding and gagging the box office

The strategy for releasing “Fifty Shades of Grey” was to hide it from critics, pre-sell those tickets and make it as review-proof as any porno chick-lit adaptation is likely to ever be. Reviews have been brutal, but millions of fans … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Fifty Shades of Grey,” fifty kinds of dull

Christian Grey summons up his most menacing voice and makes his threat. “Roll your eyes at me again, and I will take you across my knee.” Audiences across America for “Fifty Shades of Grey”  should quake at this. If eye-rolling … Continue reading

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“Movie Review” “What We Do in the Shadows”

“What We Do in the Shadows” is a one-joke comedy about vampires, and yet another mockumentary/fake documentary, a gimmick that has turned seriously stale in recent years. But with those crackpot Kiwis Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi behind it, you … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”

Spongebob Squarepants goes where Homer Simpson and others have gone before, an animated character who steps out of his colorful 2D world and into our 3D one, in “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water.” But what his movie lacks … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Two Days, One Night”

“Two Days, One Night” is the latest station of the cross for The Cult of Cotillard, that corner of film criticism that worships the winsome, subtle French Oscar winner (“La Vie en Rose”) as if Marion Cotillard is Juliette Binoche, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Loft” never reaches the height of suspense

“The Loft” is a stylish whodunit that struggles to stitch the label “Hitchcockian” right on the inner pocket, where it would be on a man’s sports coat. But a quick glance down at that label, underneath the pulsating violins, the … Continue reading

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