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Box Office: “Don’t Breathe” chases a weak summer off the screen as its last winner

That bust of a summer comic book blockbuster “Suicide Squad” clung to the top spot at the box office like grim death for much of August. Bad reviews, plummeting ticket sales notwithstanding, there was nothing that could knock it off. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Netflix’s “The Fundamentals of Caring” has tone problems

“The Fundamentals of Caring” is a PG or PG-13 dramedy straining to earn an R. Lightweight, with heavy underpinnings, it wins a laugh here and there and occasionally rises to “cute.” But if you want an example of a script whose … Continue reading

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Best Movies of the Summer? 2016 produced some winners

This wasn’t a cinematic summer for the record books, or the memory banks. Desultory sequels (“Bourne”, “Independence Day”), raunchy comedies that didn’t quite get there (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”) and their ilk dominated the season, in terms of … Continue reading

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Weekend Movies: Great reviews for “Southside with You,” “Don’t Breathe,” mixed ones for “Hands of Stone”

The Obamas’ First Date, aka “Southside With You,” is earning the best reviews of this, the final weekend in August. A sweet, smart and talky long afternoon turning to dreamy Chicago night, it’s a first-date romance the way Hollywood used … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “Rings” brings a horror franchise back from the dead

“Sevendayssevendayssevendays.” It’s still about a video, a girl in a well, and J-horror hairstyles. And people dying after watching that video and allowing that hairstyle in the door. Through their TV. Thought they might update “The Ring” to something more … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Audiences take “Don’t Breathe” order seriously

They give away the whole movie in the trailers. Predatory, and quite pretty, teens try to rob a blind old hermit living a desolate corner of Detroit. He turns the tables on them, turns the lights out and they find … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: “La La Land” looks loverly

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in an LA romance from the folks who made “Whiplash, a movie utterly unlike “Whiplash.” Sumptuous.

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Movie Review: Anna Gunn hides her cards well in “Equity”

Every shaker and mover in the world of Wall Street captured in “Equity” is wary, guarded, downright paranoid you might say. Each and every character has reason to be. Backs will be stabbed, and each knows this because in this … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Brosnan plays a tycoon whose “I.T.” troubles are just beginning

Pierce Brosnan has wizened from the days when he sipped martinis, “shaken, not stirred,” into roles as assorted well-heeled men who sip Scotch in their designer homes. Or private jets. It’s not that he’s out of the action hero game. … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Southside With You”

Yeah, it came too soon. Like his candidacy, his presidency, his premature Nobel Prize. But “Southside with You” is a lovely little Michelle and Barack first-date romance, a celebration of a symbolic presidency and a classy First Couple. This understated … Continue reading

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