Movie Reviews

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  • Review: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'
    Review: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

    There is a moment late in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," after what may be the longest on-screen battle in movie history, when Ian McKellen's Gandalf sits quietly beside Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins and starts fussing with his pipe. No one fusses with a pipe more fussily than...

  • Review: 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'
    Review: 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb'

    "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," otherwise known as "Night at the Museum 3," rates as more determinedly heartfelt than the first and not as witty as the second (and best). Also, no Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart in jodhpurs this time around.

  • Review: 'Wild'
    Review: 'Wild'

    Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir "Wild" has become a swift, solidly built movie capturing most of its author's most interesting baggage stuff — the weedy tangle of regrets, the reckless bumper-car behavior borne of grief — while offering a rather different experience of what Strayed...

  • Review: 'Annie'
    Review: 'Annie'

    Those interested in the health and well-being of the screen musical are advised to wait a week for "Into the Woods" rather than take a flier on the wobbly, unsatisfying new update of "Annie."

  • Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'
    Review: 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'

    In honor of the title we'll break this part of the sentence with a colon, and then use a portentous dash:

  • Review: 'The Theory of Everything'
    Review: 'The Theory of Everything'

    Relationally, you can't entirely trust what you're seeing in "The Theory of Everything," the romanticized portrait of astrophysicist superstar Stephen Hawking and his many years spent with his first wife, Jane Hawking. Yet biopics are funny this way: Even satisfying ones can fudge and elide and...

  • Review: 'Dumb and Dumber To'
    Review: 'Dumb and Dumber To'

    Twenty years after they permanently lowered the bar on broad and dumb character comedies, Lloyd and Harry are back, "Dumb and Dumber" than ever in "Dumb and Dumber To."

  • Review: 'Rosewater'
    Review: 'Rosewater'

    How many casual American moviegoers would be interested in "Rosewater" if an unknown Jon had written and directed it, instead of Jon Stewart, famous "Daily Show" host and first-time feature filmmaker?

  • 'Beyond the Lights' is showcase for Gugu Mbatha-Raw
    'Beyond the Lights' is showcase for Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    From the writer-director of the beloved "Love & Basketball," Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond the Lights" seems like it will follow the tried-and-true celebrity-and-commoner formula seen in "The Bodyguard" and "Notting Hill."

  • Review: 'Birdman' ★★★
    Review: 'Birdman' ★★★

    "Birdman" proves that a movie — the grabbiest, most kinetic film ever made about putting on a play — can soar on the wings of its own technical prowess, even as the banality of its ideas threatens to drag it back down to earth.

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