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“Strange Magic”

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

ASSOCIATED PRESS George Lucas has been toying around with “Strange Magic” for almost 15 years. The animated musical fantasy about a fairy kingdom and true love, in theaters Friday, began as a pet project while he was working on the “Star Wars” prequels. Lucas started thinking about audiences and figured that if he’d created “Star Wars” as a “mythological adventure for 12-year-old boys,” maybe he could do one for 12-year-old

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  • “Paddington”

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 9:46 am


    By JOCELYN NOVECK The Associated Press Paddington Bear. How well we know him. He’s cuddly, he’s loyal, and he’s sensitive. He’s well-traveled — but loves to stay home, too. And he can whip up a mean homemade marmalade. As Mom would say, what’s not to love? And one can say precisely the same of the engaging new “Paddington,” written and directed by Paul King and based of course on the

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  • “Selma”

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 11:25 am


    JAKE COYLE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS To say Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” feels relevant is a mammoth understatement. It’s altogether animated, propelled and enlivened by its contemporary urgency. “Selma” is a history lesson that throbs with today. DuVernay, a former publicist with two low-budget dramas to her name, dramatizes the events around the 1965 Civil Rights march through Alabama, from Selma to Montgomery, with a straightness of purpose befitting the famous protest’s

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  • “Into the Woods”

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:39 am


    This is one Disney film that’s definitely not a light fairy tale. For those unfamiliar with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1987 Broadway musical, that fact might come as a surprise. Fans, meanwhile, will probably be left wondering where the subversive edge has gone. Disney has chosen to take the middle ground here, cutting, smoothing and refining to create something more palatable to the masses. Devotees might scoff, but director

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  • The Rest of the “Unbroken” Story

    Posted on December 23, 2014 at 10:52 am


      On December 25, the unforgettable story about Louis Zamperini, an Olympian turned World War II prisoner of war hero, opens in theaters nationwide. As astoundingly resilient as Zamperini was, however, his real power was found in a fact underplayed in the movie; namely, he whose birth we celebrate December 25 is the one responsible for restoring and transforming Zamperini’s heart and life. First, let me say, few lives can

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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


    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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