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Mockingjay Part 1

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

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

    Big Hero 6

    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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  • St. Vincent

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

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    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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