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  • Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'
    Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart buddy up in the cliched 'Get Hard'

    Kevin Hart is Hollywood's current favorite comic it guy. He's been playing the best black friend in one film after another: "Think Like a Man" 1 and "Too" opposite Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Jenkins and Romany Malco; "Ride Along," 1 and soon to be 2 opposite Ice Cube; "The Wedding...

  • 'A Wolf at the Door' a disturbing noir tale of obsession
    'A Wolf at the Door' a disturbing noir tale of obsession

    Potent sexual attraction can be a wonderful thing, but it can also bring out the absolute worst in the people involved, as the bleak, disturbing Latin American noir "A Wolf at the Door" convincingly demonstrates.

  • 'Backcountry' an atmospheric wilderness horror tale
    'Backcountry' an atmospheric wilderness horror tale

    What can go wrong for two people stuck in the woods? Horror films in love with this conceit have suggested crazed killers, malevolent aliens, even mythical beasts.

  • 'Jauja' a confounding tale of conquest, survival in Argentina
    'Jauja' a confounding tale of conquest, survival in Argentina

    Lisandro Alonso's textured art western "Jauja" won't necessarily educate you about Argentina's 19th century war of expansion against Patagonia's indigenous peoples. But its austere long takes and temporal jags just might lull you into a brainy trance about conquest and survival, as if caught in...

  • Innocent 'Little Feet' is out of touch
    Innocent 'Little Feet' is out of touch

    Once regarded as a 1990s indie vanguard, Alexandre Rockwell hasn't fulfilled that promise in the ensuing two decades as have many of his peers, such as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Allison Anders, with whom he codirected the 1995 omnibus "Four Rooms." With "Little Feet," Rockwell...

  • Any way you cut it, 'The Barber' is dumb
    Any way you cut it, 'The Barber' is dumb

    "The Barber" is one of those did-he-or-didn't-he? thrillers that more readily asks another question, the answer to which is: Yes, they did … make a seriously dumb movie.

  • 'Metalhead' just scratches the surface of comfort and catharsis
    'Metalhead' just scratches the surface of comfort and catharsis

    In bleak 1980s rural Svarthamar, Iceland, where the townsfolk seem perpetually expressionless, a tractor accident claims the life of the young Baldur (Oskar Logi Agustsson) and sucks the life out of his nuclear family. His 12-year-old sister, Hera (Dilja Valsdottir), immediately makes a bonfire...

  • 'Nightlight' does little to illuminate found-footage genre
    'Nightlight' does little to illuminate found-footage genre

    Centered on youngsters tempting fate in reputedly haunted woods, "Nightlight" has all the trappings of your garden-variety found-footage horror flick: murky, shaky cinema verité that disorients and leaves much to your imagination. But the film's POV shots aren't as seen through the...

  • Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence have strong bond in 'Serena'
    Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence have strong bond in 'Serena'

    Several months before Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence would become bona fide movie stars with the late-2012 release of "Silver Linings Playbook," they shot the Depression-era tale "Serena." However, unlike "Linings" and their third collaboration, 2013's acclaimed "American Hustle," the...

  • Neo-noir 'Man From Reno' explores identity
    Neo-noir 'Man From Reno' explores identity

    The elegant, tantalizing Japanese American neo-noir "Man From Reno," set in the Bay Area and directed with sincere genre artistry by Dave Boyle, threads together a pair of narrative strands appealing to any mystery buff: the percolating thrill of amateur sleuthing and the cool, deductive...

  • '3 Holes and a Smoking Gun' is awkward mix of pulp and satire
    '3 Holes and a Smoking Gun' is awkward mix of pulp and satire

    Awkwardly aiming for a tone landing somewhere between vintage pulp fiction and self-reverential satire, the stagy low-budget crime thriller "3 Holes and a Smoking Gun" is constructed around the admittedly alluring premise of a sought-after movie script that spells doom for everyone it touches.

  • 'A Girl Like Her' adds twist on bullying, but story stumbles
    'A Girl Like Her' adds twist on bullying, but story stumbles

    The line between nonfiction and narrative is often blurred, and in "A Girl Like Her," Amy S. Weber explores how traditional documentary storytelling techniques can be used to tell a familiar but fictional tale.

  • Patience with free-form 'Marfa Girl' pays off
    Patience with free-form 'Marfa Girl' pays off

    Funny thing about "Marfa Girl," the 2012 ensemble drama from idiosyncratic writer-director Larry Clark ("Kids," "Bully"): For all its meanderings and indulgences — verbal and visual — this free-form snapshot of a circle of townsfolk in tiny Marfa, Texas, proves a sneakily immersive,...

  • 'The Mafia Kills Only in Summer' a farcical look at the mob
    'The Mafia Kills Only in Summer' a farcical look at the mob

    Ambitious, sometimes clever but largely sputtering, "The Mafia Kills Only in Summer" works better as a childhood memory piece than as an adult tale of love and larceny.

  • 'Apartment Troubles' only the start of pair's problems
    'Apartment Troubles' only the start of pair's problems

    With the excruciating gal-pal comedy "Apartment Troubles," writer-director-stars Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger have created such blurry, unappealing characters that their film is hamstrung from the get-go. That they never find a functional narrative in which to place said characters only...

  • Life's amusing little trip-ups 'While We're Young' and ever after
    Life's amusing little trip-ups 'While We're Young' and ever after

    Sharp, funny and dead-on accurate about the way we live now, "While We're Young" is not a film about eternal youth but, rather, about coming to terms with growing older. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah...

  • 'The Gunman' with Sean Penn a misfire that wastes strong cast
    'The Gunman' with Sean Penn a misfire that wastes strong cast

    At one point in "The Gunman," a pack of well-armed assassins is in hot pursuit of Sean Penn's sniper and his beautiful distressed damsel when suddenly she stops, refusing to go one step farther until he explains what the heck is going on.

  • 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' chases her 'Fargo' dream
    'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter' chases her 'Fargo' dream

    "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter" is a moody comic allegory about desperation, disconnection and dreams that uses "Fargo," the Coen brothers classic, as a touchstone to examine modern life.

  • 'Insurgent' smartly gives the Divergent Tris room to run
    'Insurgent' smartly gives the Divergent Tris room to run

    When superhero franchises falter, studios often reboot them, starting over from a different perspective with a different cast. What's happened with "The Divergent Series: Insurgent" is less drastic but similar: A successful series has kept its cast but been revamped in the middle of its run.

  • 'Tracers' ably moves Taylor Lautner into parkour action
    'Tracers' ably moves Taylor Lautner into parkour action

    Imagine the "Fast & Furious" movies minus the wheels and you more or less have "Tracers," an action-crime thriller that swaps souped-up cars for some hardcore parkour with moderately engaging results.

  • 'Ghoul' an inept 'Blair Witch' wannabe
    'Ghoul' an inept 'Blair Witch' wannabe

    "Ghoul" trails the fictional American crew of an ill-conceived television pilot about 20th century cannibalism. As the troupe arrives in Ukraine to investigate remnants of the 1930s Holodomor, a real-life mass extermination by famine during which cannibalism was rampant, the real-life Ukrainian...

  • 'The Walking Deceased' a good-natured spoof of zombie subgenre
    'The Walking Deceased' a good-natured spoof of zombie subgenre

    "The Walking Deceased," a good-natured parody of living-dead horror movies, follows survivors of a zombie apocalypse as they make a run for the Safe Haven Ranch in the middle of nowhere.

  • 'Zombeavers,' about coeds and zombie mutants, is schlocky fun
    'Zombeavers,' about coeds and zombie mutants, is schlocky fun

    "Zombeavers" is the mutant love child of horror specialist Troma, early Peter Jackson, Japanese kaiju flicks and Canadian television sketch comedies — a film that disgusts, terrifies and tickles in equal measure with grotesque creatures and a sickening sense of humor.

  • 'Like Sunday, Like Rain' is tender, hitting the right notes
    'Like Sunday, Like Rain' is tender, hitting the right notes

    Writer-director Frank Whaley, primarily a busy film and TV actor ("Field of Dreams," "Ray Donovan"), has crafted a tender, evocative tale of an unlikely friendship in his fourth outing behind the camera, "Like Sunday, Like Rain."

  • 'Lost and Love's' interconnected stories serve only to confuse
    'Lost and Love's' interconnected stories serve only to confuse

    "Lost and Love" expounds on China's child-trafficking phenomenon — 20,000 cases each year by U.S. State Department estimates, a symptom of the country's one-child policy that aims to reduce overpopulation.

  • 'Sex and the Single Alien' off the mark in aim for silly, adult fun
    'Sex and the Single Alien' off the mark in aim for silly, adult fun

    Movies don't come much lamer than "Sex and the Single Alien," a nonsensical sci-fi comedy whose saving grace is that it's barely an hour long.

  • 'Danny Collins' finds Al Pacino in soul-searching artist mode
    'Danny Collins' finds Al Pacino in soul-searching artist mode

    "Kind of based on a true story a little bit." As on-screen titles playfully claim, the eager-to-please directing debut of screenwriter Dan Fogelman was sparked by an intriguing news item: A letter from John Lennon reached a fledgling folk singer decades after the former Beatle wrote it.

  • '3 Hearts' swoons over a very French love triangle
    '3 Hearts' swoons over a very French love triangle

    With its romantic torment and beaucoup cigarettes, "3 Hearts" is a très Gallic affair. As the smoke thickens, the vise tightens around a triangle involving sisters of opposite temperaments, played to agonized perfection by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni.

  • 'Amour Fou,' about a suicide pact, moves at glacial pace
    'Amour Fou,' about a suicide pact, moves at glacial pace

    In the austere German import "Amour Fou," Heinrich von Kleist (Christian Friedel), a Romantic-era poet proclaiming to "suffer not from death but from life," asks upscale married musician Henriette Vogel (Birte Schnoeink) to join him in a double suicide pact. There's a caveat: He wants Henriette...

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