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(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

(Liam Neeson stars in "A Walk Among The Tombstones.")

Movie Review: ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’

A Walk Among the Tombstones is about as nauseatingly off-putting as otherwise competently produced movies get.

09/19/2014

(Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith star in "My Old Lady.")

Movie Review: ‘My Old Lady’

My Old Lady sure sounds like a comedy. But not exactly.

09/19/2014

(Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, and Adam Driver are among the ensemble cast of "This is Where I Leave You.")

Movie Review: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

(2½ stars out of 4)It’s an ensemble comedy-drama that has its share of awkward moments, but, like the wildly dysfunctional family it portrays, it’s still a fun visit.

09/18/2014

Idris Elba stars in 'No Good Deed'

Movie Review” ‘No Good Deed’

Lest No Good Deed go unpunished, let’s cut to the chase: No Good Deed is one bad movie.

09/13/2014

(Alfred Molina and John Lithgow star in "Love is Strange.")

Movie Review: ‘Love is Strange’

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are impeccable -– understated, convincing, and empathetic –- both individually and as a screen team, delivering privileged moments galore.

09/11/2014

(Cozi Zuehlsdorff and Sawyer Nelson are two of the stars of "Dolphin Tale 2.")

Movie Review: ‘Dolphin Tale 2′

(2½ stars out of 4) This followup is sweet, sensitive, wholesome, and uplifting in the same way as the original. It is also, like the original, based on true events.

09/11/2014

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