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The Boxtrolls

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

The self-stylized descendants of the Brothers Grimm and Neil Gaiman (whose “Coraline” they adapted for their first of three features), Laika seems to yearn for a little more darkness, a touch of Gothic in our children’s films — a laudable and very welcome impulse that makes one inclined to celebrate their fanciful grotesqueries on intentions alone. Laika’s talented animators, though, often seem to conjure their puppetry whimsy quicker than their

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  • The Maze Runner

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:20 am

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    In a rigidly structured dystopian future, one plucky teenager dares to think for himself, shake up the status quo and start a revolution–or, at least the beginning of a trilogy. Such is the stuff of “The Maze Runner,” which hews pretty closely to the YA-novel formula that’s reliably produced so many hugely successful film adaptations in recent years. And, indeed, director Wes Ball’s film is based on the best seller

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  • Dolphin Tale 2

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

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    (AP) — Containing all the elements that made the 2011 original boy and his dolphin story a hit with audiences and critics, Charles Martin Smith’s “Dolphin Tale 2” is another engaging film inspired by the real-life inhabitants of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Bringing together the original cast, headed by Harry Connick Jr., and, of course, Winter, the remarkable dolphin outfitted with a groundbreaking prosthetic tail who put the CMA on

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  • Last Days In Vietnam

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:51 am

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    There are many differences between America’s troubled exit from Iraq and its ramshackle retreat from Vietnam. But the U.S. flight from Saigon as seen in Rory Kennedy’s documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” has incredible, unmistakable resonance on the political, ethical and military confusion that occurs when, after years of war, a far-away nation pulls up stakes. These are scenes of a humbled superpower and the terrifying vacuum left behind. South

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  • The Longest Week

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 10:02 am

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    The familiar tribulations of wealthy white New Yorkers become the target of half-hearted, self-regarding social commentary in The Longest Week, a blithely derivative romantic comedy that isn’t without a certain smug charm. VOD specialist Gravitas Ventures will give the film upcoming releases both in theaters and on-demand, where its recognizable casting is likely to achieve the most impact. A frequent, insufferably omniscient voiceover (by Larry Pine) introduces luxury hotel heir

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  • When the Game Stands Tall

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:01 am

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    “When the Game Stands Tall” has all the makings of a late-summer hit. It’s the kind of movie that makes you feel good while crying at the same time. “When the Games Stands Tall” is the story of the De La Salle High School football team, which won 151 consecutive games from 1992 to 2004. Had director Thomas Carter, whose film is based on the book by Neil Hayes, simply

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  • If I Stay

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

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    Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a bright 17 year-old full of the bloom of youth. Between playing the cello purely for pleasure and dating the doting boy of her dreams (Jamie Blackley), the happy high school senior considers herself truly blessed. She is even lucky enough to have the perfect parents (Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard) who support the idea of her majoring in classical music, whether she gets

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