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Posted August 27, 2014in Film Review

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina get married in ‘Love Is Strange’

“Love is Strange” 3 stars Rated R 94 minutes Comedy Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Tatyana Zbirovskaya Although it suffers from a glaring third-act jump that makes you wonder where four or five ostensibly missing scenes went, “Love Is Strange” resonates as a heartfelt allegory about committed gay relationships in

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Posted August 20, 2014in Film Review

Straight man — funny man — both

“The Trip to Italy” 4 stars Rated PG 98 minutes Comedy Starring: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner You couldn’t pick two more entertaining companions for a cinematic road trip in Italy than Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Following on the success of “The Trip” (2010), in which the duo

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Posted August 13, 2014in Film Review

Mixing menus

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” 3 stars Rated PG 122 minutes Drama Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal The foodie-romance genre has been oddly absent from American cinema lately. It’s been seven long years since “Ratatouille” (2007) reminded audiences about their taste buds. Even then, that was an animated kids’ movie

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Posted August 06, 2014in Film Review

Say it loud

“Get On Up” 3 stars Rated PG-13 138 minutes Biography Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd Awesome! Between Chadwick Boseman’s riveting portrayal of James Brown and the film’s pitch-perfect kaleidoscopic narrative form, “Get On Up” is the kind of musical biopic that audiences await with baited breath. Aside from

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Posted July 30, 2014in Film Review

Prolific but redundant

“Magic in the Moonlight” 3 stars Rated PG-13 97 minutes Comedy Starring: Colin Firth, Antonia Clarke, Natasha Andrews Woody Allen has mastered the art of making the same trivial film over and over again. His “Blue Jasmine” experiment was an exception that resulted in an utter failure of tone. Part

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Posted July 23, 2014in Film Review

Skin game

“A Most Wanted Man” 3 stars Rated R 121 minutes Thriller Starring: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Homayoun Ershadi Anton Corbjin’s unconventional post-9/11 spy thriller (based on John le Carré dated 2008 novel) remains an engaging experience in spite of myriad aspects that weigh it down. Notably, one of Philip

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Posted July 16, 2014in Film Review

Cultural touchstone

“Boyhood” 5 stars Rated R 166 minutes Drama Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun, Richard Linklater goes and makes the most anti-Hollywood movie ever conceived. In Linklater’s case, concept was everything — execution was quite another. Planning an

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Posted July 09, 2014in Film Review

Splendid isolation

“Me and You” 4 starsNot Rated 106 minutes Drama Starring: Tea Falco, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sonia Bergamasco Bernardo Bertolucci’s long awaited return to filmmaking after a decade-long absence is a beautifully photographed and provocative, coming-of-age drama in the vein of Bertolucci’s “La Luna” and his last film “The Dreamers.” As

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Posted July 02, 2014in Film Review

Sophomore slump

“The Rover” 2 stars Rated R 103 minutes Drama Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy Director/co-writer David Michôd suffers a sophomore slump in this disappointing follow-up to his well-crafted debut “Animal Kingdom” (2010), a crime drama about family of Melbourne gangsters led by a violence-prone matriarch (brilliantly played by

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Posted June 25, 2014in Film Review

Kinky boots

“Venus in Fur” 5 stars Not Rated 96 minutes Drama Starring: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric Roman Polanski’s 20th film is an exquisite deconstructionist articulation of a quicksilver sadomasochistic tug-of-war between a middle-aged theater director and an enigmatic actress auditioning for a role in his upcoming play “Venus in Furs.” She

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