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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ hits sweet notes

"Who run the world? GIRLS!" sing those irrepressible Barden University Bellas, channeling Beyonce, in "Pitch Perfect 2."

May 13, 2015 | By Jocelyn Noveck Associated Press | Movie reviews


For the film archives: Maxing out on 3 'Mad' films

"Mad Max: Fury Road," the first film in the Mad Max franchise to be released since 1985, comes out next month. Since I love action and post-apocalyptic films, I had to watch other movies in this series before I see Fury Road.

April 29, 2015 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews


‘The Longest Ride’ tells 2 love stories old and new

Ever since "The Notebook" made moviegoers swoon in 2004, Nicholas Sparks' name has been synonymous with teary-eyed romance.

April 08, 2015 | By Sandy Cohen AP Entertainment Writer | Movie reviews


‘Furious 7’ drives hard with action, laughs, tribute

Fast-moving fight scenes, outrageous auto antics and a sprinkling of ridiculous one-liners make "Furious 7" a campy, crowd-pleasing escape.

April 02, 2015 | By Sandy Cohen AP Entertainment Writer | Movie reviews


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


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


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‘San Andreas’ just might move you

Disaster movies, which pre-date the zeitgeist's fascination with a world falling apart around us, are always great measures of the state of the Hollywood art of special effects.

May 27, 2015 | Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


Tomorrow isn’t what it used to be in ‘Tomorrowland’

"Tomorrowland" is Brad Bird's Jeremiad against the dystopia that is modern culture, with its yen for zombie apocalypses, environmental catastrophes and the 24 hours of fear telecast by cable news.

May 20, 2015 | By Roger Moore Tribune News Service | Movie reviews


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