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Posted November 19, 2014in Film Review

Just dumb

“Dumb & Dumber To” Rated PG-13 110 Minutes Starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels Cinemark 20 showtimes: 10:40 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 1:35 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:25 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m. “Dumb and Dumber To” marks the return of two of the Farrelly brothers’

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Posted November 12, 2014in Film Review

Almost stellar

“Interstellar” Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain Rated PG-13 169 minutes Cinemark 20 showtimes: 2:25, 3:40, 4:55, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 9:20 and 10:05 Christopher Nolan isn’t the first director to start making blockbusters — he’s just the one who has done it the best. Nolan’s greatest

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Posted November 05, 2014in Film Review


“Nightcrawler” Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed Rated R 117 minutes Cinemark 20 showtimes: 3:50, 5:25, 7:05, 8:40, 10:05 Sociopathy can be a difficult thing to convey through film, mainly because so few people understand what it’s really about. And that is what makes “Nightcrawler” worth your time. “Nightcrawler” stars

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Posted October 29, 2014in Film Review

Here’s Johnny

“John Wick” Rated R 96 minutes Starring Keanu Reeves and Alfie Allen Cinemark 20 showtimes: 3:45, 5:05, 6:25, 7:45, 9:05 and 10:15 p.m. “People keep asking me if I’m back,” says Keanu Reeves’ titular character in the third act of “John Wick.” “Yeah, I’m thinkin’ I’m back.” It’s as much

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Posted October 22, 2014in Film Review

The Snowden effect

“Citizenfour” 4 stars Not Rated 114 minutes Documentary Starring: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum Laura Poitras’s fascinating documentary, about the process and aftermath of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s earth-shattering revelations, is an essential historical filmic document. “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal in the

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Posted October 15, 2014in Film Review

An incomplete investigation

“Kill the Messenger” 2 stars Rated R 112 minutes Biography Starring: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims Investigative journalism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It never was. “Big scandal” stories like the one broken by real-life San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Stephen Webb, about the CIA’s funding

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Posted October 08, 2014in Film Review

Blowing it

“Inherent Vice” 1 star Rated R 149 minutes Comedy Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix There’s no way to sugarcoat it; Paul Thomas Anderson has made two duds in a row. If his lackluster half-film “The Master” didn’t you put you off the director responsible for such instant classics

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Posted October 01, 2014in Film Review

Undone by broad strokes

“Pride” 2 stars Rated R 120 minutes Comedy Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West All attempts fail at forcing a by-the-numbers narrative template on a fact-based story about unlikely bedfellows uniting against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s mid 1980s reign of anti-union and anti-gay rhetoric and public policies. Newbie screenwriter

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Posted September 24, 2014in Film Review

Box of trash

“The Boxtrolls” 1 star Rated PG 97 minutes Animation Starring: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Nick Frost This animated 3D children’s picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf and useless as they come. Laika, the Oregon animation production company behind “Coraline” (2009) and “ParaNorman” (2012) takes more than a few a steps backward.

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Posted September 17, 2014in Film Review

Less than zero

“The Zero Theorem” 1 star Rated R 107 minutes Drama Starring: Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Mélanie Thierry Terry Gilliam’s further slide down the stairs of filmic entropy is best summed up in an oft-repeated phrase by his latest film’s hypochondriac protagonist Qohen Leth, “Q” for short. “We are dying.” The

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