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  • 'Cameraperson' and 'Tanna' are critics' picks, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

    'Cameraperson' and 'Tanna' are critics' picks, Sept. 30-Oct. 6

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review. The Age of Shadows Kim Jee-woon (mildly) tones down the ultra-violence of “I Saw the Devil” with this thrillingly taut and intricate 1920s spy yarn, which will represent South Korea...

  • 'Loserville' is an unsatisfying blend of teen comedy and bullying drama

    'Loserville' is an unsatisfying blend of teen comedy and bullying drama

    The teen comedy “Loserville” from freshman filmmaker Lovell Holder offers its audience a SparkNotes version of high school: It skims over relevant details and lacks deep insight when it comes to plot and character. Though there are a few genuine LOL moments, there’s little specificity in the world...

  • Matthew Rhys provides only real glimmer in WWII drama 'Come What May'

    Matthew Rhys provides only real glimmer in WWII drama 'Come What May'

    In “Come What May,” director Christian Carion dramatizes the other side of the World War II front line — the civilians fleeing invading troops. The images of uprooted, desperate travelers can’t help but remind one of contemporary refugee crises. Yet with its old-fashioned gloss, the incident-packed...

  • 'The Last Film Festival' is not a fitting tribute to Dennis Hopper

    'The Last Film Festival' is not a fitting tribute to Dennis Hopper

    The late Dennis Hopper’s IMDB acting credits are 200-strong, but any qualitative ranking of those titles would put his last completed movie, “The Last Film Festival,” somewhere at the bottom. A thoroughly amateurish un-comedy about show business, it was filmed in 2009, but its notions of Hollywood...

  • Boyd Holbrook and Elisabeth Moss lend weight to the drama 'The Free World'

    Boyd Holbrook and Elisabeth Moss lend weight to the drama 'The Free World'

    The concept of freedom proves elusive for an ex-convict attempting to rebuild his life on the outside in “The Free World,” an initially compelling but uneven drama elevated by two centered performances. Struggling to bury a violent past in prison, where he was incarcerated for a heinous crime he...

  • Bros grow up in comedy 'Flock of Dudes'

    Bros grow up in comedy 'Flock of Dudes'

    A tribe of man-children has to break up to grow up in the friendship flick “Flock of Dudes,” directed by Bob Castrone, written by Castrone, Brian Levin and Jason Zumwalt. The cast is stocked with some of comedy’s best actors, which elevates the rather pedestrian material — a belated coming-of-age...

  • FCC delays decision on rule that would require pay TV to offer streaming programming

    FCC delays decision on rule that would require pay TV to offer streaming programming

    The FCC delayed a vote scheduled Thursday on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed rule to require pay TV services to offer their programming on streaming apps. “We have made tremendous progress and we share the goal of creating a more innovative and inexpensive market for these consumer devices,” said...

  • Documentary 'Seed: The Untold Story' affirms the hidden beauty of our food

    Documentary 'Seed: The Untold Story' affirms the hidden beauty of our food

    Farming may seem prosaic to the uninitiated, but “Seed: The Untold Story” reveals the poetry present in the practice through its smallest element. Multiple people in the documentary compare seeds to jewels, both for their varied, colorful appearance as well as for their value. The film reveals...

  • 'The Best Democracy Money Can Buy' documentary pursues the Koch brothers

    'The Best Democracy Money Can Buy' documentary pursues the Koch brothers

    Buried somewhere amid the old-school journalist shtick, aggressive animation and overbearing jazz score in “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” there’s a solid documentary connecting the billionaire Koch brothers’ cash to efforts to disenfranchise voters of color. But many viewers will find it challenging...

  • Hip-hop and a simmering Mike Colter help 'Marvel's Luke Cage' put the human in 'superhuman'

    Hip-hop and a simmering Mike Colter help 'Marvel's Luke Cage' put the human in 'superhuman'

    It takes only about 90 seconds for “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” the latest Netflix series set in the Marvel Comics universe, to address the idea of what it means to be a hero in the black community. The drama opens at a barbershop in Harlem run by Pop (Frankie Faison), a kind of neighborhood patriarch....

  • New-agey drama 'Milton's Secret' can't transcend earthly despair

    New-agey drama 'Milton's Secret' can't transcend earthly despair

    The theme of enlightenment has seldom come across as leaden as it is in “Milton’s Secret,” a dull drama based on the children’s novel of the same name by spiritual author Eckhart Tolle. Set in some sort of parallel universe where virtually all of the characters speak in politely hushed tones usually...

  • Connor Jessup seals the deal in fantastical gay drama 'Closet Monster'

    Connor Jessup seals the deal in fantastical gay drama 'Closet Monster'

    There have been no shortage of gay coming-of-age films, but few have been as singular and dazzling as “Closet Monster,” Canadian writer-director Stephen Dunn’s semi-autobiographical fever dream of a feature debut. It’s nothing less than an emotional exorcism. The movie opens as 9-year-old Oscar...

  • Swedish crank is surprised by life in tragicomic 'A Man Called Ove'

    Swedish crank is surprised by life in tragicomic 'A Man Called Ove'

    Like Bill Murray in “St. Vincent” and Jack Nicholson in “About Schmidt,” Rolf Lassgård’s title character in “A Man Called Ove” is a curmudgeonly retiree whose lonely life takes an unexpected turn. It’s a time-honored template, but one that nevertheless still works magic with the right actor and...

  • Slacker Spaniard takes on the Catholic Church in 'The Apostate'

    Slacker Spaniard takes on the Catholic Church in 'The Apostate'

    Watchful, serious and failing university student Gonzalo (Álvaro Ogalla) has just the solution to his crisis of expectations: get his name stricken from the baptismal records of the Catholic Church. How can he be his secular, conscientious self and attack life on his terms if some controlling religious...

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