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("Chef" features John Leguizamo, left, and Emjay Anthony, center, and stars Jon Favreau, right, who also directs.)

Movie Review: ‘Chef’

Jon Favreau wanted to do something a little different, so he cooked up “Chef.” Don’t show up hungry!

05/16/2014

(Bryan Cranston stars in the newest version of "Godzilla.")

Movie Review: ‘Godzilla’

After a promising start and relatively absorbing buildup, the franchise reverts to form and the urban destruction special effects once again become the tail that wags the reptile.

05/16/2014

(Image from Disney Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Million Dollar Arm’

The screenplay is anything but inventive, but it supplies a puppy-dog charm that’s tough to resist.

05/15/2014

(Sarah Gadon and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in "Belle.")

Movie Review: ‘Belle’

She was young, wealthy, and black. Her name was Belle. And British high society didn’t quite know what to do with her.

05/08/2014

Zac Efron stars as the head of a fraternity in "Neighbors." (credit: Universal Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Neighbors’

What we routinely accept in a “Three Stooges” short or a “Tom & Jerry” cartoon doesn’t necessarily cut it in a feature narrative.

05/08/2014

(Image from Summertime Entertainment)

Movie Review: ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’

With apologies to Mark Twain, the difference between the charm and artistry of the original movie and that of this animated sequel is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

05/08/2014

(Helen Hunt plays a physician in "Decoding Annie Parker.")

Movie Review: ‘Decoding Annie Parker’

Lots of movies are escapist in one way or another. This one, the true story of a Toronto woman’s battle with cancer, is just the opposite.

05/02/2014

(Woody Allen and John Turturro star in "Fading Gigolo.")

Movie Review: ‘Fading Gigolo’

“Fading Gigolo” is an oddball absurdist comedy, a farcical cinematic doodle that takes a bite out of the Big Apple and finds it strangely tasty.

05/01/2014

(Andrew Garfield stars in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2.")

Movie Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′

The summer movie season gets off to a low-flying start.

05/01/2014

(Kate Upton, Cameron Diaz, and Leslie Mann are the victims of an incorrigible two-timer in "The Other Woman.")

Movie Review: ‘The Other Woman’

“The Other Woman” serves as a ferocious feminist fantasy devoted to the serial seducer’s comeuppance that’s sporadically funny, but not nearly as funny or pointed or mature as it thinks it is.

04/26/2014

(Jonas Armstrong stars in "Walking with the Enemy.")

Movie Review: ‘Walking with the Enemy’

Although the subject matter has import and gravitas, much of the donning-Nazi-costumes and narrow-escape footage registers as much less than convincing, sometimes presenting a level of broadness that recalls “Hogan’s Heroes.”

04/24/2014

(Jeremy Irvine and Colin Firth play a young and old version, respectively, of a prisoner on the Burmese "death railway" of World War II.)

Movie Review: ‘The Railway Man’

The Railway Man is an earnest, intense drama about the torture of a British Army officer at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, and the victim’s vengeful confrontation with his torturer half a century later.

04/24/2014

TRANSCENDENCE

Movie Review: “Transcendence”

It’s another science fiction thriller that’s awkwardly big and clunky instead of attractively modest and spunky.

04/18/2014

(Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Movie Review: “Under The Skin”

Scarlett Johansson’s last movie was Her and all we got was her voice. We never saw her. Her latest might have been called She. Or, possibly: It. And we always see her.

04/16/2014

Heaven Is For Real (Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment.)

Movie Review: ‘Heaven Is For Real’

If it doesn’t quite feel heaven-sent, it at least boasts elements that approach heavenly.

04/16/2014