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Movie Review: Boyhood

‘Boyhood’ is a remarkable piece of work and an entertaining coming-of-age drama at that as we watch a boy become a man while the world around him and all his loved ones change as well.

21 hours ago

(Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey star in "I Origins.")

Movie Review: ‘I Origins’

(2½ stars out of 4)I Origins (which could just as easily have been titled “Eye Origins”) is a cerebral science-versus-spirituality drama, intoxicating at certain times, exasperating at others.

22 hours ago

(Scarlett Johansson plays the title character in "Lucy.")

Movie Review: ‘Lucy’

2 stars out of 4Scarlett Johansson’s character develops a super-brain. The movie itself, however, not so much.

22 hours ago

(Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz star in "Sex Tape.")

Movie Review: ‘Sex Tape’

(2½ stars out of 4)Sex Tape offers its share of pure -– and some impure — physical comedy, which Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz meet the challenge of, delivering a respectable number of laugh-out-loud moments.

07/18/2014

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Movie Review: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

(2½ stars out of 4)This inevitable followup to the commercially successful kidflick “Planes” is another PG-rated film aimed unapologetically at the preschool kids in the audience.

07/17/2014

(Zach Braff, center, wrote, produced, directed, and stars in "Wish I Was Here.")

Movie Review: ‘Wish I Was Here’

(2½ stars out of 4)It’s a mixed bag of a movie about marriage, with a generous number of grace notes delivered by a game cast.

07/17/2014

(Andy Cerkis plays simian leader Caesar in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.")

Movie Review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Another entertaining explosion of escapism about apeism is upon us.

07/10/2014

(Pierre Niney stars at iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in the biographical film of the same name.)

Movie Review: ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

Yves Saint Laurent purports to present the man behind the myth but still gives us mostly myth and minimal man.

07/10/2014

(The computer-animated star of "Earth to Echo.")

Movie Review: ‘Earth to Echo’

It’s not quite a ripoff, not quite a knockoff, not quite an homage. Let’s call it an echo and leave it at that.

07/08/2014

("Tammy" stars Melissa McCarthy, right, with Susan Sarandon as her grandmother.)

Movie Review: ‘Tammy’

The pathos and hard truths trotted out in the third act are crowbarred into this slapstick vehicle as if flown in from another movie.

07/03/2014

("Snowpiercer.")

Movie Review: ‘Snowpiercer’

With its idiosyncratic take on the 99 percent/one percent income-inequality class system and environmental destructiveness at the forefront, the film has remarkable contemporary relevance.

07/02/2014

(Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde are among the stars in "Third Person.")

Movie Review: ‘Third Person’

“Third Person,” despite an intriguing opening and numerous compelling individual moments, demands patience from us without sufficiently rewarding it by film’s end.

07/02/2014

(Anne Hathaway stars in "Interstellar," due for release this fall.)

Your Holiday Movie Season Sneak-Peek

We interrupt the current summer movie season to bring you a sneak peek at the lineup of movies headed our way at year’s end…

06/28/2014

(Mark Wahlberg, right, stars in "Transformers: Age of Extinction.")

Movie Review: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

With this fourth installment in the “Transformers” franchise from director Michael Bay, I’ve been magically transformed from a bored viewer into a really bored viewer.

06/27/2014