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(Jennifer Lawrence stars in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.")

Movie Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

Interrupting the narrative momentum and asking the audience to wait a year for the conclusion may make commercial sense, but it also undermines and dilutes the theatrical experience.

11/21/2014

(Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank star in "The Homesman," directed by Jones.)

Movie Review: ‘The Homesman’

Unfortunately, director-star Tommy Lee Jones lets this idiosyncratic movie ricochet between severe melodrama and quirky dark comedy.

11/20/2014

(Channing Tatum, left, and Steve Carell star in "Foxcatcher," from Sony Pictures Classics)

Movie Review: ‘Foxcatcher’

Steve Carell stars as multimillionaire John du Pont in this docudrama about the real-life murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz.

11/20/2014

(Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their characters in "Dumb and Dumber To.")

Movie Review: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

“Dumb and Dumber To” wears its stupidity proudly and loudly.

11/14/2014

(Minnie Driver and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are among the stars of "Beyond the Lights.")

Movie Review: ‘Beyond the Lights’

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who starred in “Belle,” plays a rhythm-and-blues singer who seems to be on her way to superstardom. Minnie Driver plays her overbearing mother.

11/13/2014

(Eddie Redmayne stars as theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones as his wife in "The Theory of Everything.")

Movie Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’

“The Theory of Everything” is a deeply affecting romantic biography focused on the relationship between theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane Wilde, as his body was gradually ravaged by a neuromuscular disease.

11/13/2014

(Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley star in “Laggies.”)

Movie Review: ‘Laggies’

‘Laggies’ focuses on a woman ten years removed from high school who can’t or won’t graduate to bigger and better things.

11/07/2014

("Big Hero 6," from Walt Disney Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Big Hero 6′

(2½ stars out of 4)It’s a visually extravagant, animated adventure comedy set in the fictional, futuristic city of San Fransokyo.

11/07/2014

(Matthew McConaughey stars in "Interstellar.")

Movie Review: ‘Interstellar’

Interstellar is a primal science fiction extravaganza, a time-bending adventure full of both grandeur and suspense, set in the near future

11/06/2014

(Nicole Kidman plays an amnesiac in "Before I Go To Sleep.")

Movie Review: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’

(2½ stars out of 4) There will be no dozing off during this wackadoodle mystery thriller about an extravagant case of amnesia.

10/31/2014

Dan Stevens gets his first lead role on the big screen as David Collins in 'The Guest.' (credit: Picturehouse)

Movie Review: ‘The Guest’

(2½ stars out of 4)In this thriller, a recently discharged soldier shows up a few days before Halloween at the door of a family in a small town in New Mexico.

10/30/2014

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Louis Bloom in 'Nightcrawler.' (credit: Open Road Films)

Movie Review: ‘Nightcrawler’

(3 stars out of 4!) Jake Gyllenhaal was never better than he is in this contemporary after-hours thriller.

10/30/2014

(Miles Teller and JK Simmons star in "Whiplash.")

Movie Review: ‘Whiplash’

(3½ stars out of 4!)There are lots of cymbals in “Whiplash,” working as symbols.

10/23/2014

(Michael Keaton stars in "Birdman.")

Movie Review: ‘Birdman’

Michael Keaton is stupendous. “Birdman” soars!

10/23/2014

(Keanu Reeves stars as the title character in "John Wick.")

Movie Review: ‘John Wick’

Two hours is a long stretch of nothing but carnage.

10/23/2014

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