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(Miles Teller and JK Simmons star in "Whiplash.")

Movie Review: ‘Whiplash’

(3½ stars out of 4!)There are lots of cymbals in “Whiplash,” working as symbols.

10/23/2014

(Michael Keaton stars in "Birdman.")

Movie Review: ‘Birdman’

Michael Keaton is stupendous. “Birdman” soars!

10/23/2014

(Keanu Reeves stars as the title character in "John Wick.")

Movie Review: ‘John Wick’

Two hours is a long stretch of nothing but carnage.

10/23/2014

(Jaeden Lieberher and Bill Murray star in "St. Vincent.")

Movie Review: ‘St. Vincent’

(2½ stars out of 4) There’s more than enough of Bill Murray’s devilishly shaggy charm and cranky wit in “St. Vincent” to please movie audiences.

10/17/2014

(Brad Pitt, Jon Bernthal, and Shia LeBeouf star in "Fury.")

Movie Review: ‘Fury’

This World War II action drama would have benefitted from a bit less action and a bit more drama.

10/16/2014

(James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan star in "The Best of Me.")

Movie Review: ‘The Best of Me’

In the final reels, the narrative goes off the rails.

10/16/2014

(Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall star in "The Judge.")

Movie Review: ‘The Judge’

Neither the film nor his portrayal are up to Robert Downey Jr.’s usual standards.

10/10/2014

(Ben Schnetzer stars in "Pride.")

Movie Review: ‘Pride’

The unlikely 1984 alliance between striking miners and gays in Britain is the focus of this fictionalized but rousing, satisfying, historical comedy-drama.

10/09/2014

(Ed Oxenbould, left, stars as the title character in "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.")

Movie Review: ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’

Here’s a case where the movie is just a tad longer than the title, and there’s not enough content to justify the feature length.

10/09/2014

(Ben Affleck co-stars in "Gone Girl.")

Movie Review: ‘Gone Girl’

(3 stars out of 4!)The novel was a page turner, the movie is a barn burner.

10/02/2014

(Mia Wasikowska stars in "Tracks.")

Movie Review: ‘Tracks’

(2 stars out of 4)It doesn’t look like a slog or sound like a slog. But it feels like a slog, which, regrettably makes it a slog.

10/02/2014

(Nicolas Cage stars in "Left Behind.")

Movie Review: ‘Left Behind’

Nicolas Cage’s involvement may give the film more of a fighting chance at the box office, but it also sets up expectations about moviemaking quality that do not end up being met.

10/02/2014

(Denzel Washington stars as "The Equalizer.")

Movie Review: ‘The Equalizer’

(2½ stars out of 4)All things being equalized, “The Equalizer” could have used a more grounded technical advisor. But the leading man needs no help.

09/26/2014

(Simon Pegg stars in "Hector and the Search for Happiness.")

Movie Review: ‘Hector and the Search for Happiness’

Rooting interest? How about interest, period? The feel-good status the film seems intent on achieving remains well out of reach.

09/26/2014

(Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star in "The Skeleton Twins.")

Movie Review: ‘The Skeleton Twins’

(3½ stars out of 4!)The revelation is how adroit “Saturday Night Live” alumni Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are in their respective roles in this dark drama-comedy.

09/25/2014

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