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  • 'Maya the Bee Movie': Little buzz for kids or grown-ups
    'Maya the Bee Movie': Little buzz for kids or grown-ups

    "Maya the Bee Movie," an Australian-German animated children's film directed by Alexs Stadermann, is talky, relentlessly affirming and as predictable as a paint-by-number.

  • Graphic 'Hyena' is an old-school gangster tale
    Graphic 'Hyena' is an old-school gangster tale

    "Hyena" feels like a throwback to the tough-as-nails British gangster flicks of the 1970s: The unrepentant crooked cop at the film's center seems redeemable only relative to the merciless criminals who cross him and the weaselly colleagues who frame him.

  • Collection of scenes in 'Private Number' don't add up
    Collection of scenes in 'Private Number' don't add up

    "Private Number" begins as a haunted-house flick in which phones inexplicably ring at 2:44 a.m. every day and an ominous voice on the other end asks, "Remember me?"

  • Not always a smooth 'Ride,' but Helen Hunt's a natural
    Not always a smooth 'Ride,' but Helen Hunt's a natural

    In "Ride," written and directed by Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hunt, the pedantic and controlling New York editor Jackie (Hunt) follows her college-dropout son Angelo (Brenton Thwaites) — an aspiring writer — to Los Angeles to steer him away from all things beachy, chill and, she judgmentally...

  • Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' sadly limits its view
    Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' sadly limits its view

    Kevin Pollak's broad survey of stand-up, "Misery Loves Comedy," opens with the provocative question often raised after Robin Williams' suicide last year: What is it about comedy that attracts so many deeply unhappy people?

  • In penetrating 'Far From Men,' Camus meets the western
    In penetrating 'Far From Men,' Camus meets the western

    The prospect of Viggo Mortensen speaking fluent French (and some Arabic) in a foreign-language film based on a short story by Albert Camus reset as a classic western might not sound like a can't-miss proposition.

  • '24 Days' a gripping, anguished account of a kidnapping
    '24 Days' a gripping, anguished account of a kidnapping

    Knowing the outcome behind the true-life tragedy "24 Days" doesn't diffuse the horror, the tension or the sadness of watching one family's drama unfold day after agonizing day when a son is kidnapped and hope dies.

  • Travolta makes impression in the passable 'Forger' crime drama
    Travolta makes impression in the passable 'Forger' crime drama

    In attempting to spin out its competing storylines, the crime drama "The Forger" never quite gets a handle on either one. Still, an array of strong performances, including a well-calibrated turn by John Travolta, and compelling emotional moments help counter the patchy narrative.

  • 'Adult Beginners' comically eases into family life's darker side
    'Adult Beginners' comically eases into family life's darker side

    "Adult Beginners," starring Rose Byrne, Nick Kroll and Bobby Cannavale, is the kind of comedy that goes down easy even as it looks at the hard stuff.

  • 'Tangerines' a somber parable about war and humanity
    'Tangerines' a somber parable about war and humanity

    The selection of the Estonian film "Tangerines" as one of the five foreign language Oscar nominees for 2014 came as something of a surprise, but now that the movie is in theaters it's easy to see why the academy judges responded so strongly.

  • 'Helicopter Mom' just barges into the room

    Get past the wince-inducing premise of "Helicopter Mom," in which an overbearing mother outs her sexually undeclared son as gay so that he qualifies for a college scholarship, and you're still stuck with a forced comedy that mines uneasy humor from stale stereotypes.

  • 'Just Before I Go' finds the journey home can be funny, useful
    'Just Before I Go' finds the journey home can be funny, useful

    Anchored by a nicely understated performance by Seann William Scott, "Just Before I Go" effectively juggles a wealth of genuine, at times profound, emotion with quite a bit of nutty-raunchy humor. First-time feature director Courteney Cox, working off a deceptively dimensional script by Dave Flebotte,...

  • 'Little Boy' a shiny, sentimental lesson in faith, tolerance
    'Little Boy' a shiny, sentimental lesson in faith, tolerance

    Tolerance, World War II history and faith are served up with a sticky sentimental gloss in the family film "Little Boy."

  • Documentary 'Revolution' gets somewhat lost at sea
    Documentary 'Revolution' gets somewhat lost at sea

    "Revolution," filmmaker and marine biologist Rob Stewart's follow-up to his myth-busting 2007 documentary, "Sharkwater," starts off with Stewart lost in the middle of the Pacific, swimming against the heavy currents at Darwin Island in the Galapagos.

  • 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' might work if it was actually funny
    'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' might work if it was actually funny

    You can take the cop out of the mall, but you can’t take the mall out of the cop. Or so says “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” the noisy, scattershot if energetic follow-up to the 2009 hit starring hefty jokester Kevin James. Although there have been worse sequels -- and worse overall movies -- make no...

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