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Paul Dano demonstrates remarkable sensitivity as Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson in the new biopic “Love & Mercy.” more

Jun 5, 2015 10:30 AM Movies

Prone as the film industry is to cycles of success and stagnation, it hardly surprises that the mere novelty of Liam Neeson, action star, has all but exhausted itself in the six years since the original "Taken" hit in a big way. more

Mar 19, 2015 8:00 AM Movies

Short films often get short shrift amid all the hoopla surrounding "Best Picture" and "Best Actor" at the Academy's awards show. But the variety of films nominated in the shorts categories proves that Oscar still gives a damn about the little things. more

Feb 5, 2015 2:00 PM , Movies

"Cake" marks America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston's opportunity to flaunt facial scars and brood greatly, qualifying under the radar to nab a Golden Globe nomination but failing to capitalize on any similar Academy Awards love. more

Jan 29, 2015 2:00 PM Movies

Protesting the use of satellites by whippersnapper archaeologists like his own twentysomething daughter, Nora (Ashley Hinshaw), veteran researcher Holden (Denis O'Hare) tut-tuts, "Everyone's losing the raw sensation amid all this technological mediat more

Dec 11, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

As meet-cutes go, "Beyond the Lights" offers a doozy. When Los Angeles police officer Kaz (Nate Parker) first encounters rising star Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), she's hanging off her balcony. "I see you," the cop assures the distraught performer, saving more

Nov 26, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

"I'm a little lost," Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) admits to the security guard who's caught him stealing chain-link fence in "Nightcrawler". A petty thief unable to land a real job, Lou's gaunt appearance makes his perpetual grin appear less than trus more

Nov 13, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

Elvis Presley's legacy weighs heavily on "The Identical", even though he is only mentioned once. Rather than obtaining the rights to make a proper biopic, the filmmakers imagine what might happen if the rock 'n' roll legend's stillborn twin brother s more

Sep 4, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

When it came out last summer, the horror flick "The Purge" struck an unlikely chord. The outlandish yet provocative premise -- that the government maintains social order with a free-for-all of lawlessness once a year -- was a hook worthy of both Shirley Jackson and the Occupy movement, couched within a standard hide-and-seek home-invasion thriller. more

Jul 17, 2014 2:00 PM Movies

Stop me if you've heard this before: A bunch of suburban kids befriend an alien entity and must avoid parents and authorities alike in their mission to send it back home. "Earth to Echo" makes no secret of its foremost influences, which include "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", "Batteries Not Included" and any number of similar adventures produced during Steven Spielberg's Amblin heyday in the '80s, with a little of his "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and Joe Dante's "Explorers" thrown in for good measure. more

Jul 3, 2014 2:00 PM Movies