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(Aaron Eckhart stars in "I, Frankenstein.")

Movie Review: ‘I, Frankenstein’

A manmade monster meanders through a middling modern melodrama after murdering his master in this moribund miscreation.

01/30/2014

(Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones star in "The Invisible Woman.")

Movie Review: ‘The Invisible Woman’

Charles Dickens’ secret mistress wasn’t much of a secret.

01/24/2014

(Vanessa Hudgens stars in "Gimme Shelter.")

Movie Review: ‘Gimme Shelter’

Vanessa Hudgens continues her transition from the Disney Channel good-girl-persona phase of her career to that of a serious and mature actress, but –- at this point, anyway –- she appears to be in over her head.

01/23/2014

(credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Oscar Nominations: They Wuz Robbed! 

The Academy Award nominations are now official. But what about the poor deserving few who were snubbed, ignored, underappreciated, or forgotten?

01/19/2014

(Chris Pine stars in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.")

Movie Review: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’

“Shadow Recruit” is a glossy and absorbing espionage origin story, set back when Ryan was working as a financial analyst on Wall Street.

01/17/2014

(Will Arnett provides the voice of a purple squirrel and Maya Rudolph the voice of a wacky pug in  "The Nut Job.")

Movie Review: ‘The Nut Job’

“The Nut Job” is stretched well beyond its breaking point, with lots and lots of filler, registering more like a time-killing television cartoon than animation carefully constructed for the cinema screen.

01/16/2014

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star in "Ride Along." (credit: Universal Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Ride Along’

Although Kevin Hart gets a few big yuks, there are lengthy dead spots where the narrative just spins its wheels.

01/16/2014

(Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, and Eric Bana star in "Lone Survivor.")

Movie Review: ‘Lone Survivor’

This unsparing biographical action drama chronicles a sad, tragic recent chapter in US Navy Seals history.

01/09/2014

(Joaquin Phoenix stars in "Her.")

Movie Review: ‘Her’

Eat your heart out, Siri.

01/09/2014

(Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Julieanne Nicholson star in "August: Osage County.")

Movie Review: ‘August: Osage County’

Meryl Streep is her usual powerhouse self as the domineering and vicious Violet, but it’s Julia Roberts who grabs us in ways she hasn’t before with her angry, edgy Barbara.

01/09/2014

(Chris Pine stars in "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.")

Bill Wine’s Winter Movie Preview 2014

A lineup of new movies is ready for takeoff, with hopes of motivating us to venture out in the challenging winter weather in the direction of the nearest multiplex.

01/02/2014

(Keanu Reeves stars in the samurai movie "47 Ronin.")

Movie Review: ’47 Ronin’

“47 Ronin” is a fantasy action thriller, a fictional account of an actual group of masterless samurai warriors in 18th-century Japan out to avenge the murder of their master.

12/31/2013

(Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in “12 Years a Slave.”)

Bill Wine’s Top 10 Movies of 2013

What were the year’s most stimulating and/or satisfying and/or admirable moviegoing experiences of the outgoing year? Here’s our resident critic’s personal list.

12/31/2013

(Leonardo DiCaprio stars in "The Wolf of Wall Street.")

Movie Review: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Call it an invitation to enjoy but not admire, otherwise known as a missed opportunity.

12/25/2013

("Grudge Match" stars include Alan Arkin, Sylvester Stallone, and Robert De Niro.)

Movie Review: ‘Grudge Match’

For those plagued by the hypothetical pugilistic question, “Who would win in a bout between Rocky and Raging Bull?,” Grudge Match might at least hint at an answer.

12/25/2013