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("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

(credit: IFC Films)

Movie Review: Boyhood

‘Boyhood’ is a remarkable piece of work and an entertaining coming-of-age drama at that as we watch a boy become a man while the world around him and all his loved ones change as well.

07/24/2014

(Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey star in "I Origins.")

Movie Review: ‘I Origins’

(2½ stars out of 4)I Origins (which could just as easily have been titled “Eye Origins”) is a cerebral science-versus-spirituality drama, intoxicating at certain times, exasperating at others.

07/24/2014

(Scarlett Johansson plays the title character in "Lucy.")

Movie Review: ‘Lucy’

2 stars out of 4Scarlett Johansson’s character develops a super-brain. The movie itself, however, not so much.

07/24/2014

("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes")

Weekend Box Office Report: Apes Still In Charge

The science fiction sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, made it two weeks in a row in first place at the box office.

07/21/2014

(Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz star in "Sex Tape.")

Movie Review: ‘Sex Tape’

(2½ stars out of 4)Sex Tape offers its share of pure -– and some impure — physical comedy, which Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz meet the challenge of, delivering a respectable number of laugh-out-loud moments.

07/18/2014

(Image provided by Disney Pictures)

Movie Review: ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’

(2½ stars out of 4)This inevitable followup to the commercially successful kidflick “Planes” is another PG-rated film aimed unapologetically at the preschool kids in the audience.

07/17/2014

(Zach Braff, center, wrote, produced, directed, and stars in "Wish I Was Here.")

Movie Review: ‘Wish I Was Here’

(2½ stars out of 4)It’s a mixed bag of a movie about marriage, with a generous number of grace notes delivered by a game cast.

07/17/2014

(Andy Cerkis plays simian leader Caesar in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.")

Weekend Box Office Report: Apes Swing Into Top Spot

The science fiction sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, has galloped away with the box office crown.

07/14/2014

(Andy Cerkis plays simian leader Caesar in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.")

Movie Review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

Another entertaining explosion of escapism about apeism is upon us.

07/10/2014

(Pierre Niney stars at iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in the biographical film of the same name.)

Movie Review: ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

Yves Saint Laurent purports to present the man behind the myth but still gives us mostly myth and minimal man.

07/10/2014

(The computer-animated star of "Earth to Echo.")

Movie Review: ‘Earth to Echo’

It’s not quite a ripoff, not quite a knockoff, not quite an homage. Let’s call it an echo and leave it at that.

07/08/2014

("Tammy" stars Melissa McCarthy, right, with Susan Sarandon as her grandmother.)

Movie Review: ‘Tammy’

The pathos and hard truths trotted out in the third act are crowbarred into this slapstick vehicle as if flown in from another movie.

07/03/2014

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