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Eenhoorn and Nelson, two old guys mismatched and loving it in “Land Ho!”

To hear the co-stars tell it, the decision to make the indie dramedy “Land Ho!” was all “Location, location location.” “There wasn’t any script,” Earl Lynn Nelson (“Passenger Pigeons”) says. “Martha (co-writer/director Martha Stephens) called me up and said, ‘Would … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Snowpiercer” is exhilarating sci-fi with a sharp satiric bite

“Snowpiercer” is a veritable United Nations of sci-fi films. Directed by the Korean Bong Joon-Ho (“The Host”), based on a French graphic novel and with a cast built around Captain America (Chris Evans), Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton, Jamie … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Belle,” an instant classic

“Belle” is a movie that instantly joins the ranks of the screen’s great period piece romances. Imagine a Jane Austen adaptation, with all its Empire waistlines and romantic longing, but a film in which the obstacles to love are far … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Heaven is for Real”

Greg Kinnear, an actor perpetually on the verge of tears (he’s the “white Terrence Howard) is the perfect choice to play a preacher whose son tells him he’s been to heaven. And “Heaven is for Real,” based on a book … Continue reading

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Globes honor the expected Oscar winners

The Golden Globes, still “just a TV show,” the Oscars still “an event”? Sure. But a better show, from Tina and Amy, stars mingling and drinking, loosie acceptance speeches (some of them). The clothes, the live tweeting (Ronan Farrow ripping … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Europa Report”

“Europa Report” is a lean, ultra-realistic sci-fi thriller that shows you don’t have to spend Tom Cruise or Will Smith money to tell a tight, intimate story. This frill-free “found footage” film may have the limited scope of a made-for-SyFy … Continue reading

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Jim Carrey backs away from “Kick-Ass 2,” AFTER he finished it

Jim Carrey, who has been outspoken in his criticism of the NRA and gun enthusiasts since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, has decided that maybe making a violent action comedy before that tragedy wasn’t the best idea. He tweeted … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Before Midnight”

They met on a Vienna-bound train, and fell in love with each other over a long night’s talk “Before Sunrise.” Nine years later, they reconnected in Paris and fell in love all over again, no matter how much more complicated … Continue reading

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Movie Review: One “Hangover” too many

  Slow, sentimental and somewhat sedated, the third “Hangover” movie isn’t so much exhausted of outrageous “Oh not they DIDN’T” ideas as spent of energy. And they knew it, too. The only raunchy moment is stuffed into the closing credits, … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “G.I. Joe, Retaliation”

A better-than-average, gravity-defying ninja duel leads to an epic chase– by leaps, swings and ziplines — through the Himalayas in the big set piece sequence of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” Masked villains in red ninja suits chase Snake Eyes and Jinx … Continue reading

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