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(Ben Stiller stars in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.")

Movie Review: ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

It’s a remake of a 1947 Danny Kaye comedy based on a 1939 short story of the same title by humorist James Thurber.

12/25/2013

(Amy Adams and Christian Bale are among the stars of the '70s-era movie, "American Hustle.")

Movie Review: ‘American Hustle’

Character-driven storyteller David O. Russell gives his film a manic, farcical energy that keeps it at arm’s length from realism but that engrosses to a surprising degree.

12/19/2013

(Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays "Mary Poppins" author PL Travers in "Saving Mr. Banks.")

Movie Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

“Saving Mr. Banks” chronicles the genesis of “Mary Poppins,” the 1964 movie musical that received 13 Oscar nominations and won five Oscars.

12/19/2013

(Will Ferrell, second from left, leads an ensemble cast in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.")

Movie Review: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

Is it funny? The answer is a resounding yes.

12/19/2013

(Meagan Good and Will Ferrell star in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," a parody of television news.)

Your Holiday Season Movie Preview Guide

What are the new attractions moviegoers will be choosing among at multiplexes on this year’s final week and immediately beyond? Bill Wine has this survey…

12/12/2013

(Liev Schreiber and Romola Garai star in "The Last Days on Mars.")

Movie Review: ‘The Last Days on Mars’

A crew member ventures out into the hostile Martian environment and discovers evidence of a form of life: a virulent bacterial strain.

12/12/2013

("The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" stars Martin Freeman, right, as Bilbo Baggins.)

Movie Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Technically admirable the film may be, but it’s an hour too long.

12/12/2013

(Forest Whitaker plays a New York City minister and Jacob Latimore his ill-at-ease grandson in "Black Nativity.")

Movie Review: ‘Black Nativity’

Holiday movies don’t come any more Christmasy than “Black Nativity,” a heart-on-its-sleeve musical fable of family friction that radiates holiday spirit.

12/05/2013

(Woody Harrelson and Christian Bale star in "Out of the Furnace.")

Movie Review: ‘Out of the Furnace’

“Out of the Furnace” comes from director Scott Cooper, who gives this melancholy melodrama a strong sense of place and a relentless deterministic pull.

12/05/2013

("Frozen" is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.)

Movie Review: ‘Frozen’

An animated princess is nothing new on the toon landscape. But “Frozen” defrosts two princesses for the price of one.

12/03/2013

(Bruce Dern and Will Forte star in the father-son comedy-drama "Nebraska.")

Movie Review: ‘Nebraska’

Bruce Dern delivers a career-best performance in a career-best role as a cranky geezer wrestling with his own mortality.

11/22/2013

(Vince Vaughn stars in "Delivery Man.")

Movie Review: ‘Delivery Man’

Vince Vaughn plays a good-natured slacker who finds that his donated sperm has fathered hundreds of children.

11/21/2013

(Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson star in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.")

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

This first sequel delves deeper into the resonant themes introduced in its predecessor, expands the mythology, reflects the horrors in its titular “entertainment,” and further fleshes out the primary characters.

11/21/2013

(Harold Perrineau, Taye Diggs, and Terrence Howard are some of the ensemble cast of “The Best Man Holiday.”)

Movie Review: ‘The Best Man Holiday’

This movie, for better and worse, has the holiday spirit: it makes the audience giddy with pleasure even as it overstays its welcome.

11/15/2013

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Movie Review: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is the loosely-based true story of stubbornly resourceful Ron Woodruff’s struggle to survive as an AIDS patient.

11/15/2013