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'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

Chris Rocks' stand-up stands out in ‘Top Five’

Writer-director Chris Rock is not Andre Allen, the stand-up comedian turned movie star lead of "Top Five." But, it's almost impossible to watch his latest effort, a cutting comedy about showbiz, creativity and ambition, and not wonder what material Rock took from his own life. While that's a fun and compelling draw, thankfully, it's only part of the triumph of the film.

December 11, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews

‘Penguins’ spin-off hatches family fun

November 27, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews

‘Bosses 2’ isn’t about bosses at all

November 27, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE Tribune News Service | Movie reviews

Revolution gathering in ‘Mockingjay’

LOS ANGELES - All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the society in turmoil. The desperate act was perceived as subversion, inciting populist uprisings and devastating counter attacks by the governing elite.

November 20, 2014 | BY LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer | Movie reviews

'Before I Go to Sleep' offers twists, turns and thrills

Three of the best actors in the business put on a master class in mystery thriller in "Before I Go to Sleep," a lean, twisty-turning tale in the "Memento" style.

October 30, 2014 | BY ROGER MOORE McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Movie reviews

'The Wolf Man' established the rules for werewolf films

One year ago, I wrote my first old film movie review on "The Night of the Living Dead." The movie is an all-time classic that ponders human frailty, fear and uncertainty with a hefty dose of horror and violence.

October 30, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Movie reviews

2014 Fall Preview, Part 2

Last week, I profiled some of the higher-profile movies set to hit theaters in the next few months, but that's only part of the story.

September 25, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

2014 Fall Movie Preview: Can new season of films bring more dollars into box office?

The 2014 domestic box office is down 6 percent from where it was this time last year, by about half a billion dollars. Sure, the foreign box office is picking up some of the slack, but it still raises the stakes very high for Hollywood this fall season.

September 18, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

'The Drop' low-key yet compelling

The talk these days among anyone who has an interest in the movie industry is how badly the North American box office has fallen off.

September 11, 2014 | Jeff Marker | Movie reviews

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‘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 ...

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


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