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Oscars: An early glimpse of potential gold

The deadly August movie dip is coming to an end and the smell of Oscar bait already pervades the air.  The best part about this time of year is making early predictions of who will win the Oscar (as so […]

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Oscars: An early glimpse of potential gold

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The deadly August movie dip is coming to an end and the smell of Oscar bait already pervades the air.  The best part about this time of year is making early predictions of who will win the Oscar (as so […]

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‘When the Game Stands Tall’ lives up to lofty expectations

3 out of 4 stars Hollywood, for as long as film's been in the camera, has loved telling the story of triumphant underdogs. The Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, Major League and

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Old movies and reflections of the past

Another Silent Flick A couple days ago, a certain venue was screening The Docks of New York, a ravishing silent film that I watched long ago and never forgot. In

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The Expendables 3: Great cast, terrible plot

2 out of 4 stars In Rocky, Sylvester Stallone sent boxers sprawling to the canvas. In Rambo, he killed every dictator. In Judge Dredd, he brought every criminal to justice. But Stallone’s

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‘Let’s Be Cops’ wears out its welcome too soon

½ out of 4 stars The trailer looked lame, let’s not kid ourselves. Those two guys from New Girl that aren’t Max Greenfield know their comedy, but Let’s Be Cops already

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‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’: A culinary trip worth taking

Manish Dayal delivers a breakthrough performance in "The Hundred-Foot Journey." (Courtesy of Disney) 3 out of 4 stars Chef Hassan Kadam is torn. Does the teenager with deep Indian roots stick to

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’: A sequel that should have remained in the sewer

2 out of 4 stars Cowabunga! No, it’s more like “Cowa-bummer!” when it comes to the reboot of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” which fails on so many levels it should

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James Brown’s biopic ‘Get On Up’ takes huge risks with mixed results

2 out of 4 stars Walk the Line and Ray set standards for 21st century biopics of pop stars.  The inner lives of these signature artists were just as important

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: A sci-fi ride worth taking

3 out of 4 stars Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Iron Man have become Marvel’s movie masterpieces, amassing a pile of box office cash as big as Mount Rushmore, where

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Lucy: A mindless movie about brain power

2 out of 4 stars Not even Scarlett Johansson, who dazzled in recent hits “Her” and “Under the Skin,” is genius enough to save “Lucy,” a movie about brain power

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