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Watch the 1931 'Dracula' for a edge-of-seat scare

Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love the costumes, candy, decorations and especially the movies.

October 29, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews

‘The Third Man’ still thrills 65 years later

After nearly two years of writing this column, I finally decided to dive into film noir. And I picked a doozy.

October 01, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews

Damon charms in ‘The Martian’

Without Matt Damon, the solitary fight for survival on Mars would be lonely indeed. Alone on screen for most of his scenes as an astronaut stranded on the red planet, the Oscar-nominated actor is the winning heart of Ridley Scott's epic space adventure, "The Martian."

October 01, 2015 | BY SANDY COHEN Associated Press | Movie reviews

Johnny Depp is scary-good in ‘Black Mass’

There are few films, outside of the horror genre, where a character's exterior so aptly mirrors the evil brutality within as Johnny Depp's James "Whitey" Bulger in the gripping and brutal crime saga "Black Mass."

September 17, 2015 | By Cary Darling Associated Press | Movie reviews

Shyamalan gets groove back in ‘The Visit’

Remember what the world was like when anyone last cared about an M. Night Shyamalan movie? George W. Bush was in the White House, Vanessa Carlton was on the radio, and you couldn't even tweet about how cool you thought "Signs" was because Twitter wasn't even around yet.

September 10, 2015 | By Cary Darling Associated Press | Movie reviews

Nature vs. Nolte in ‘A Walk in the Woods’

In the wake of "Wild," in which Reese Witherspoon's version of Cheryl Strayed hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and reckoned with her demons, we now have "Mild," better known as "A Walk in the Woods."

September 03, 2015 | Jake Coyle Associated Press | Movie reviews

‘No Escape’ taut but deeply troubled

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as "No Escape," a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller.

August 27, 2015 | By Jake Coyle Associated Press | Movie reviews

Great acting boosts 'American Ultra'

A soup spoon turns lethal in the unlikely hands of sweet and spacy stoner Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) in the violently paranoid action comedy "American Ultra."

August 20, 2015 | By KATIE WALSH Tribune News Service | Movie reviews

‘Compton’ nails rise of rap group

It has been a good year for pop music on film, from the Brian Wilson biopic, "Love and Mercy," to the celebration of retro hip-hop, "Dope."

August 13, 2015 | BY CARY DARLING Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Movie reviews

‘Ricki and the Flash’ pulls off hilarity, sadness

Creating a film with solid drama beside good humor is tough. It's harder still to balance them against a complicated character so they don't sprawl lopsided, and send the audience home feeling satisfied. The bittersweet, beautifully acted "Ricki and the Flash" does all that with surprising grace and economy.

August 06, 2015 | Colin Covert Star Tribune | Movie reviews

Latest ‘Impossible’ forgets mission

In "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation," Tom Cruise runs faster, fights harder and flies higher.

July 30, 2015 | By Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald | Movie reviews

Jake Gyllenhaal a champ in ‘Southpaw’

Anyone who has ever seen a glimpse of a sports movie can suss out where the boxing drama "Southpaw" is headed well before the final bell.

July 23, 2015 | BY CARY DARLING Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Movie reviews

‘Ant-Man’ is a Rudd a dud-dud

The latest entry into the ever-growing world of comic book-inspired movies features one of the smallest heroes in the Marvel Universe.

July 16, 2015 | By RICK BENTLEY The Fresno Bee | Movie reviews

‘Minions’ take over spotlight

Sidekicks rarely shine when thrust into the spotlight, but what about a few hundred of them?

July 08, 2015 | | Movie reviews

Arnold is ‘back’ in ‘Terminator Genisys’

Thirty-one years and counting, and the Terminators keep rolling off the assembly line like new iPhones. They are upgraded with shape-shifting abilities, rebooted Sarah Conner assassination levels and, one presumes, better selfie cameras.

July 02, 2015 | BY JAKE COYLE Associated Press | Movie reviews

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