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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Conquers The Box Office

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ conquers the box office ASSOCIATED PRESS After three weeks of box office dominance, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1” ceded its reign to “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” The biblical epic easily ruled the weekend with a $24.5 million debut, according to box office tracker Rentrak’s Sunday estimates, while “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” dominated international charts with a staggering $117.6 million from

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  • “The Imitation Game”

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 9:16 am

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    By Jocelyn Noveck Associated Press It’s clearly the season for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds. Sound overly specific? Consider: A few weeks ago we had “The Theory of Everything,” starring Eddie Redmayne as the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking. And now we have Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game” as Alan Turing, the man chiefly responsible for cracking the vaunted Enigma code used by

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  • Penguins of Madagascar

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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    BY LINDSEY BAHR AP FILM WRITER For a movie that’s more paint by numbers than Picasso, “Penguins of Madagascar” begins with something completely unexpected: a Werner Herzog voiceover. Parodying his own work and documentary films’ obsession with the flightless birds, the German filmmaker gives an auspiciously clever start to a movie targeted toward the under 10 set. It’s a little wink to the adults in the audience right at the

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  • Dumb And Dumber To

    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedy is all about timing. The dimwitted Lloyd (Jim Carrey) reminds the audience of that simple fact minutes into “Dumb and Dumber To”. Twenty years have passed since audiences first met and improbably fell for Lloyd and Harry (Jeff Daniels), and the boys are up to their same old stunts. “Dumb and Dumber” was received favorably enough by critics when it was released in late 1994

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  • Mockingjay Part 1

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

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    Katniss Everdeen becomes the face of a revolution in “Mockingjay — Part 1,” The film-makers have kept Collins’s best lines, allowing Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, as Katniss’s two love rivals, to show off their genuine acting skills and Woody Harrelson and Philip Seymour Hoffman — orchestrating violence by means of propaganda — to make us chuckle. For the millions who have read Collins’ bestselling trilogy and are awaiting this

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  • Big Hero 6

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

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    As the Disney-Marvel mash-up “Big Hero 6” moves toward its big-action finale, the images will look strikingly familiar. A supervillain wreaks havoc. A portal to another dimension looms. A showdown goes airborne over a metropolis. It could be the finale of a dozen superhero films, with one difference: “Big Hero 6” is animated. But the majority of comic-book films are also computer-generated, particularly their large set pieces. Never has that

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  • Interstellar

    Posted on November 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

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    Since his breakthrough with the backward-running “Memento,” Christopher Nolan has made a plaything of time. In “Interstellar,” he slips into its very fabric, shaping its flows and exploding its particles. It’s an absurd endeavor. And it’s one of the most sublime movies of the decade. As our chief large-canvas illusionist, Nolan’s kaleidoscope puzzles have often dazzled more than they have moved, prizing brilliant, hocus-pocus architecture over emotional interiors. But a

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