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Danny Collins [2015]

If you like, you can think of “Danny Collins” as the anti-blockbuster. It’s the opposite of an Event Movie for the summer season; instead, it’s an old-fashioned star vehicle, fashioned for the particular screen persona of Al Pacino, who can usually play these roles in his sleep, but adds […]

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Tomorrowland [2015]

 Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” has so many good ingredients, including a solid performance from George Clooney and some eye popping visual effects. Another good thing is the mystery of it all: Bird doesn’t play his cards too early and keeps us guessing at every turn. But I’ll say this much: George Clooney […]

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Poltergeist [2015]

Do we really need a remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror classic that spawned several sequels? Not really. But the people behind this remake knew that a few more bucks could be squeezed out of the Bowen family, whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. You know the drill, unless […]

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Ex Machina [2015]

Don’t get me wrong. Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina”, starring Domhnall Gleason as a coder who’s been chosen to spend a week with his reclusive billionaire boss (Oscar Isaacs, almost unrecognizable) in order to test his latest artificial intelligence invention  (Alicia Vikander) is a major accomplishment. It relies more on thought […]

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Wild [2014]

Took me some time to finally watch Reese Witherspoon’s Oscar nominated performance in “Wild”, but I’m glad I did. She is the focal point here and the reason the film is worth seeing. The picture itself is earnest and well-made, but it remains earthbound while its leading lady soars to […]

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Pitch Perfect 2 [2015]

It doesn’t break any new ground, but “Pitch Perfect 2″ provides lively entertainment as it builds on a template that’s familiar to anyone who’s seen such movies as “Bring it On” and “Step Up”. Once again, the people behind this comedy use an engaging cast and a selection of popular […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road [2015]

 Maybe you never heard of Mad Max, the 1979 cult movie starring Mel Gibson. Or maybe you think a big-ass reboot isn’t worth your time and money. Snap out of it. “Mad Max: Fury Road” does the impossible. Through dazzle and spectacular action scenes, it turns the cliche […]

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Suite Française [2015]

If there can be such a thing as a sweet, reflective fable about love during WWII, “Suite Française” is it. Based on the best selling novel by Irène Némirovsky, who perished in Auschwitz in 1942 before she could finish her book (her daughter finally took care of it and published it […]

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La Famille Bélier [2014]

 I’m a bit late coming to this movie, but having heard good feedback, I was looking forward to it. It’s easy to see why now. “La Famille Bélier” is a charming, funny film with winning performances; in short, a crowd-pleaser. Louane Emera (a semi-finalist in the second season of The […]

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