At the movies: Recently reviewed flicks

  • Movie review: "Le Nom des Gens" ("The Names of Love")

    Movie review: "Le Nom des Gens" ("The Names of Love")

    Director Michel Leclerc and his co-writer Baya Kasmi illuminate the ethnic, racial and religious issues that have beset France from World War II to the present -- through, surprisingly, the unfolding of a classic romantic comedy plot. "Le Nom des Gens" (The Names of Love) is so inspired and insightful...

  • Understanding the man who talks to horses

    Understanding the man who talks to horses

    "Buck," the story of the real horse whisperer Buck Brannaman, comes at you with the understated eloquence of the man himself — a soft-spoken cowboy philosopher changing lives as he gentles horses, an aw-shucks hero who never claims to be more than an ordinary man. In her first documentary, which...

  • 'Hop' review: Bunnies haven't been so lacking in cuteness since 'Donnie Darko'

    'Hop' review: Bunnies haven't been so lacking in cuteness since 'Donnie Darko'

    * (out of four) The heir to the title of Easter Bunny (voiced by Russell Brand) would rather be a drummer, so he runs away from Easter Island (seriously) to California, where unemployed Fred (James Marsden) lives with his parents. After the usual shrieking and recognition that he’s encountered...

  • Review: 'The Lincoln Lawyer' suggests the legal system is very, very easy to manipulate

    Review: 'The Lincoln Lawyer' suggests the legal system is very, very easy to manipulate

    ** (out of four) Fast-talking L.A. defense attorney Michael “Mickey” Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a bit of a stereotype. He’s a boozer. He’s got a prosecutor for an ex-wife (Marisa Tomei). And he’s quick to celebrate his achievements, until the case of rich guy Louis (Ryan Phillippe), who may...

  • Movie review: 'Red Riding Hood'

    Movie review: 'Red Riding Hood'

    *1/2 (out of four) Back in the days of witch hunts and girls named Prudence, the town of Daggerhorn’s aggressive name can’t keep it safe from periodic wolf attacks. Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) certainly isn’t pleased when Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) claims that the perp is a werewolf living among...

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