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St. Vincent

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

Jocelyn Noveck, AP – If we were going to be curmudgeonly about it — and “St. Vincent” is, after all, a movie about a curmudgeon — we’d focus on the one major flaw in the film, and not on its pleasures. But since those pleasures are so, well, pleasurable, we’ll do what Vincent — he’s the curmudgeon, brought wonderfully to life by the singular Bill Murray — would never do.

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  • The Best Of Me

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 10:03 am

    The Best of Me

    You can be pretty sure you’re watching a love story based on a Nicholas Sparks bestseller if it meets at least most of the following criteria: A) It is set somewhere in the South, near a photogenic body of water. B) It’s about a star-crossed pair of lovers. C) It features plenty of passionate kissing in the pouring rain. D) It contains heaps of revelation, and maybe even closure, in

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  • The Book Of Life

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

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    A lively animated tale that mixes age-old myths with today’s toon tropes. To ensure every viewer has a window into the story, the central narrative is framed as a legend being told by a motherly museum tour guide (voiced by Christina Applegate) to a group of rebellious school kids on Nov. 2, the Day of the Dead. While that choice initially plays like an unnecessary distancing device, it also reinforces

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  • The Good Lie

    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    The good lie

    JOCELYN NOVECK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The movie poster for “The Good Lie” features a smiling Reese Witherspoon, front and center. But, truth be told, neither Witherspoon nor her character is the film’s star – not in the essential sense. The real stars are the Sudanese children at the bottom of the poster, their backs to us, trudging across an empty, sun-scorched expanse. “The Good Lie” tells a fascinating story, that

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  • The Boxtrolls

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

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    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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