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Yes, it’s enchanting, but this beautiful version is also something very much more...

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The title may have double meaning, but the singular

rewards of this sequel are as rich as the original...

50 Shades of Grey

A flaccid S and M movie that’s more infuriating than titillating? Happy Valentine’s Day...

Kingsman: The Secret Service

The crazier Matthew Vaughn’s homage to James Bond becomes, the greater it is...

The Rewrite

Granted you’d think a movie about a screenwriter could

have been at least a little less rote, but that doesn’t mean

this rom com isn’t offering up some sweet entertainment...

Black or White

Mike Binder’s got the heart but not the grit to fully

tap the potential of this well intentioned drama...

The Boy Next Door

Don’t we…and Jennifer Lopez…deserve better than this routine at best possible guilty pleasure?

The Humbling

For those willing to meet it halfway, this beautifully

pedigreed hybrid offers up some real and strange delights...


Is it truly such a surprise Jennifer Aniston is as good as she is in this otherwise modest drama?

American Sniper

Much has been written about what this film is not. What

it is, undoubtedly, is one damned compelling movie...

A Most Violent Year

With this gritty, savvy and finely wrought drama, J.C. Chandor establishes

himself as one of the most exciting directors of his generation...

Into the Woods

For better or worse, this is your prestige crowd

pleasing movie for the Christmas season...


Angelina Jolie may not have brought a whole lot of artistry to the remarkable

life story of Olympian and World War 2 hero Louie Zamperini, but she sure does

know how to let that story capture us up in its own true power...

Top Five

This is the movie we’ve been waiting for Chris Rock to make...


As unnervingly timely as this historical drama is, this is

also a film with clear-eyed heart, one that sweeps you

up and carries you with undeniable power and grace...

Inherent Vice

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Thomas Pynchon’s

adaptation is a spot on stoner story that’s

just a little too in love with itself...


Reese Witherspoon’s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s autobiography

has all the right stuff. So how come I wasn’t a puddle when it was over?

The Imitation Game

This true story is, in itself, so tragically fascinating and the performances

so fine, you almost don’t realize how safe this film actually is...


Rarely has a film so chilly felt so richly drawn. Bennett Miller’s decidedly

remote true-life story is a brilliantly acted, fiercely American tragedy...


Jon Stewart’s auspicious debut behind the camera not only makes us

think and feel, but yeah, laugh a little, too. The guy can’t help it...

The Theory of Everything

It would be easy to fall into the trap of wishing this look at one

of the greatest minds on the planet was something more, dare I

say, intellectual. But this movie is a love story. And a fine love story it is...


Some of the parts of this mega-fantasy are

awesome. The sum of all parts? Not so stellar...


Dan Gilroy’s sleek and slick indictment of TV news

crawls under the skin thanks, in great part, to a knockout

performance from a sensational Jake Gyllenhaal...

Gone Girl

I don’t know about Nick and Amy, but the creative marriage of David Fincher

and Gillian Flynn is dandy, delivering a juicy movie that’s damned entertaining...


Yes, there have been many movies about abusive mentor relationships.

Here, though, we’ve got two artists at the top of their game

plumbing the depths of defining artistic sacrifice. Pithy stuff...

What could be Liam Neeson’s newest franchise gets off to a

decent start with this Lawrence Block mystery adaptation...


This lush yet gritty adaptation, like the real journey itself, refuses to

take the easy route. There are real rewards for all of us in that...


Kevin Smith’s comic horror homage is not

completely nuts. Even counting the walrus.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Amidst the gazillion 3-D bullets flying, this long awaited

sequel commits the biggest crime of all: it gets boring...

Love is Strange

One of the most beautifully acted movies in recent

times, this affecting love story earns our tears...

Trip to Italy

While this second course may not be as startlingly scrumptious as its

predecessor, this dandy reunion still serves up a mighty delicious treat...


The fact that Lucy, the enabled heroine in Luc Besson’s ambitiously

nuts sci-fi-er, can get people to do exactly what she wants them to do

by merely glancing at them made me, frankly, a little jealous...

Magic in the Moonlight

Had this pretty trifle been made by a different filmmaker, perhaps I

could have just sat back and enjoyed the scenery. But it wasn’t....

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The strength of this mythical morality tale and the

CGI surrounding it almost make up for the short shrift

given to the humans in this chapter. Note I said ‘almost’...


If I have any quibble at all with Richard Linklatter’s glorious film,

it’s the title. Because while the ambitious concept is to follow one

boyhood, the movie is just as much about a family and about America...

Earth to Echo

This derivative mash up has one shining light. And it isn’t the

glowy-eyed bot that’s supposed to charm the kiddies...

Jersey Boys

Clint Eastwood’s big screen adaptation of the Broadway smash is not without

its rewards; getting there, though, requires acceptance and patience...

Edge Of Tomorrow

Yes, Tom Cruise’s time trippy sci-fi-er is the best surprise of the summer...

The Fault in Our Stars

Do you have to love John Green’s best selling novel to love this movie?

Maybe. For the rest of us, the no-fault stars carry us a long way.

Obvious Child

Anyone curious about the state of women in film or just women

in general must see Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child...

Opening in Wide Release


The Gunman

In Selected Theaters

Do You Believe?

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Danny Collins


Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police

Also in Theaters

Run All Night



The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


The Lazarus Effect

Hot Tub Time Machine 2


McFarland, USA

Fifty Shades of Grey

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Jupiter Ascending

Seventh Son

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Black or White

Project Almanac

The Loft

The Boy Next Door



The Wedding Ringer


Taken 3

Beloved Sisters

It's All So Quiet


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

A Most Violent Yea


[REC] 4: Apocalypse

The Gambler

American Sniper

The Interview

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb


The Pyramid

Horrible Bosses

Penguins of Madagascar

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Theory of Everything

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