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Sam Shepard

(Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Julieanne Nicholson star in "August: Osage County.")

Movie Review: ‘August: Osage County’

Meryl Streep is her usual powerhouse self as the domineering and vicious Violet, but it’s Julia Roberts who grabs us in ways she hasn’t before with her angry, edgy Barbara.

01/09/2014

(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

(Matthew McConaughey stars in "Mud.")

Movie Review: ‘Mud’

Matthew McConaughey continues his career resurgence with another strong performance.

04/26/2013

(Kevin Kline is part of the strong cast trapped in a movie about a lost dog, in "Darling Companion.")

Movie Review: ‘Darling Companion’

The problem is that looking for a missing canine, no matter how obvious it is as a metaphor for two-legged characters finding themselves as well, represents a rather flimsy spine for a feature screenplay.

05/11/2012

(Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington star in "Safe House.")

Movie Review: ‘Safe House’

“Safe House” is a gritty action thriller about corruption that’s cynical, hard-edged, two-fisted, and only minimally interested in its own subject matter.

02/10/2012

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