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Actors of a Certain Age try to ‘Run All Night’

"Run All Night" is a first-person shooter thriller for the Grecian Formula generation.

March 12, 2015 | BY ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


‘Marigold Hotel’ sequel really is second best

If you're going to do a movie sequel that doesn't quite measure up to the original and seems rather hurriedly cobbled together, well, OK. Many filmmakers have done the same.

March 05, 2015 | BY JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer | Movie reviews


'McFarland, USA' is the feel-good movie of the month

His name is Jim White. He's a coach. But that last name is all the students - his prospective athletes - need to know at McFarland High School.

February 19, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


From the film archives: 'It Happened One Night' an iconic romantic comedy

With the 2015 Academy Awards falling only eight days after Valentine's Day, it is a great time to revisit one of the best romantic films from early Hollywood.

February 19, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


"Black or White" discusses gray areas of race relations

"Selma" wasn't the only film about race to get short shrift from Oscar voters this past year. "Black or White" is a frank, touching and very well-acted melodrama about child custody and cultural perceptions of "blackness" and "the race card," and could have earned Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner fresh Oscar nominations.

January 29, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Pacino turns down the volume for role in 'The Humbling'

We have forgotten how subtle Al Pacino could be, pre "Hoo Hah!" Something about his Oscar winning turn in "Scent of a Woman" unleashed the beast, a performer as big, broad and puffed up as that mountain of hair he keeps teased about his head.

January 22, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Issues from 'Mississippi Burning' still smolder today

In June of 1964, three civil rights workers, two white and one black, went missing in Mississippi. Later found murdered and buried in an earthen dam, the case captured national attention and sparked a massive FBI investigation.

January 22, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


'Wedding Ringer' is both touching and comical

"The Wedding Ringer" is "Wedding Crashers Redux," a "Hangover Lite" that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart's persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive. That helps "Ringer" work as a bromantic comedy that feels like a romantic comedy.

January 15, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Director struggles with screen adaptation of 'Inherent Vice'

When it comes to talking about Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice," the question is whether to hail the director for attempting the impossible or chide him for failing to accomplish the improbable.

January 08, 2015 | By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee | Movie reviews


'Magician' conjures the spirit of Orson Welles

Kanye West never cut a duet with Orson Welles. But younger people should know him, and Chuck Workman's fine, brisk and thoroughly entertaining overview of Orson, "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles," easily makes the case why.

January 08, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


'American Sniper' breaks mold for war hero films

Biopics about American war heroes are a Hollywood tradition going all the way back to Gary Cooper starring as the legendary World War I sharpshooter "Sergeant York" and World War II's highly decorated Audie Murphy playing himself in "To Hell and Back."

January 01, 2015 | By Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times | Movie reviews


'Selma' offers history, inspiration and entertainment

Earnest and often inspiring, "Selma" is a handsomely mounted "Eyes on the Prize" account of the defining protests of the civil rights movement. Elegantly produced and high-minded, it's only sins are overreaching ambition and a tendency to rub the roughest edges off the principals.

January 01, 2015 | By Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Charming cast anchors dark ‘Woods’

This is one Disney film that's definitely not a light fairy tale.

December 25, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


Holiday films mix fresh with familiar

With the work week shortened by one day for two consecutive weeks, many residents may find time to hit the local cinema to see movies gearing up for Oscar nods or blockbuster status.

December 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews


Bad script, casting plagues 'Exodus'

To what do we owe the second coming of the biblical epic?

December 11, 2014 | By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer | Movie reviews


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From the film archives: The Duke comes a-courtin’ in Ireland

As everyone has donned green and celebrated St. Patrick's Day, I went looking for a good Irish-themed movie to commemorate the holiday.

March 19, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


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