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(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

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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

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Movie Review: ‘Joe’

This grim, character-driven drama goes completely bonkers and hyper-gothic in the late going.

04/12/2014

(Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner star in "Draft Day.")

Movie Review: ‘Draft Day’

The narrative is carefully structured to include an appropriate payoff, but along the way is feels strangely and surprisingly farfetched.

04/10/2014

(credit: 20th Century Fox)

Movie Review: ‘Rio 2′

‘Rio 2′ is not the triumph its predecessor was. But if the sequel is not quite the equal of the original, it’s in the ball park.

04/10/2014

(Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda star in "Rob the Mob.")

Movie Review: ‘Rob the Mob’

It plays like conjured movie-movie behavior that couldn’t possibly happen in real life. Even though it did.

04/03/2014

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in a scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (credit: Walt Disney Studios)

Movie Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Think of him as an analog operative in a digital universe, an old-fashioned superhero in a new-fashioned world, a square peg in a roundup of the usual suspects.

04/03/2014

(Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star in "Le Week-End.")

Movie Review: ‘Le Week-End’

Ah, marriage!

04/01/2014

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