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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

(Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star in "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.")

Bill Wine’s Fall Movie Preview

Here’s a peek at the mainstream movie lineup coming our way over the next two months.

09/05/2014

(Unlike a box of chocolates, you know exactly what you're going to get with the re-release of the iconic "Forrest Gump," starring Tom Hanks.)

Movie Review: ‘Forrest Gump’ in Imax

Although you certainly don’t need to see it on an Imax screen to enjoy or appreciate this celebrated movie, that’s exactly where you’ll find it as of this week.

09/04/2014

(credit: Universal Pictures)

Movie Review: As Above, So Below

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” The supposed inscription on the entrance to Hell, compliments of Dante, is what confronts the treasure hunters in the horror thriller, ‘As Above, So Below.’

09/02/2014

(Pierce Brosnan stars in "The November Man.")

Movie Review: ‘The November Man’

Can one or two misguided scenes ruin an otherwise watchable movie?

08/29/2014

(Jennifer Aniston stars as a kidnap victim in "Life of Crime.")

Movie Review: ‘Life of Crime’

Set in the late ’70s, Life of Crime is a crime comedy based on The Switch (1978), by the late crime novelist Elmore Leonard.

08/29/2014

(credit: IFC Films)

Movie Review: ‘The Trip To Italy’

Eating and talking. That’s about the gist of ‘The Trip to Italy,’ the followup to 2011’s ‘The Trip.’

08/28/2014

(Eva Green and Stacy Keach are among the ensemble cast members of "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.")

Movie Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

In some movies, style trumps substance. In this sequel, it downright suffocates it.

08/22/2014

(Zach Galifianakis,  Owen Wilson, and Amy Poehler star in "Are You Here.")

Movie Review: ‘Are You Here’

(2 stars out of 4)One of the film’s biggest problems is our realization that we’re watching likable actors playing unlikable, alienating characters who are not inherently compelling enough to have us not mind the company we’re keeping.

08/21/2014

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Movie Review: ‘Island of Lemurs: Madagascar’

(2½ stars out of 4)Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a nature documentary about Dr. Patricia C. Wright’s mission to help the endearingly peculiar lemurs, who turned up as castaways millions of years ago in the Republic of Madagascar.

08/21/2014

("The Giver" stars Jeff Bridges in the title role and Brenton Thwaites.)

Movie Review: ‘The Giver’

The Giver is essentially plowing the same fields and hunting the same game as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Pleasantville, but without the same clarity, urgency, or emotionality.

08/15/2014

(Sylvester Stallone, center, co-wrote and stars in "The Expendables 3.")

Movie Review: ‘The Expendables 3′

The Expendables 3 is once again about as expendable and disposable as movies get.

08/15/2014

(credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Movie Review: Calvary

‘Calvary’ is a dark, Ireland-set drama, a tale with gallows-humor trimmings that examines the difficulty of holding onto one’s faith, set against the backdrop of the scenic Irish coast.

08/12/2014

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