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‘Brooklyn’ a quiet epic of the heart

Photo by KERRY BROWN -- Saoirse Ronan plays a young Irish immigrant in ‘Brooklyn.’

In the beautifully staged immigrant drama “Brooklyn,” Ireland’s Saoirse Ronan emerges as one of her generation’s finest actresses. Ronan, 21, received an Oscar nomination at 13 for her work in the British drama, “Atonement.” Her “Brooklyn” performance has made her an early prospect for honors in the 2015-2016 awards season. In “Brooklyn,” Ronan displays… Continue reading →

Review: Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful ‘Creed’ goes the distance

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures', Warner Bros. Pictures' and New Line Cinema's drama "Creed," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

Admit it. When you heard another “Rocky” movie was coming out — a seventh — you thought, really? How many “Rocky” movies do we need? Well, it turns out we needed seven. At least. From its very beginning in 1976, the “Rocky” story has been about proving you belong in the ring — not winning, necessarily,… Continue reading →

Weak humor, cloying plot mar ‘The Good Dinosaur’

Photo provided by Walt Disney Studios -- A scene from 'The Good Dinosaur.'

“The Good Dinosaur” too often goes through the storytelling motions. The animated comedy-adventure, set in a mountainous, prehistoric American West, is a beautiful sight, but its recycled storytelling is stale. Building on the basic ingredients of Pixar and classic hand-drawn Disney animation, a young character loses a parent and struggles to reclaim his place… Continue reading →

Shallow script undermines stars, story in ‘Trumbo’

Photo by HILARY BRONWYN GAIL -- Bryan Cranston as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in 'Trumbo.'

Given the history, tragedy and injustice that the New Orleans-filmed “Trumbo” dramatizes, it could have been more effective than it is. Bryan Cranston portrays Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood’s great screenwriters of the 1940s and ’50s. But in the post-World War II U.S., as the Cold War with the Soviet Union reaches a boil, Trumbo’s support of… Continue reading →

Last ‘Hunger Games’ opens to $101 million, a franchise low

This photo provided by Columbia Pictures shows, Seth Rogen, left, as Isaac, and Jillian Bell as Betsy, in Columbia Pictures' "The Night Before." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 20, 2015. (Sarah Shatz/Columbia Pictures via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final “Hunger Games” film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. For most films this would be a coup, but “The Hunger Games” had its own records to beat, and this sets a new low for the four-film franchise.… Continue reading →

‘Part 2’ redeems ‘Hunger Games’ epic

Photo by MURRAY CLOSE -- From left, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Evan Ross and Jennifer Lawrence in 'The Hunger Game: Mockingjay -- Part 2.'

“The Hunger Games,” a trilogy in its original book form but an overstretched quartet in movie form, concludes with some padding but also in-the-line-of-fire action and suspense and big, impressive special effects. Best of all, Jennifer Lawrence continues her passionate work as the series’ brave and principled archer-heroine, Katniss Everdeen. As previously seen in the “Harry… Continue reading →

Review: Seth Rogen romps over tradition in ‘Night Before’

Photo provided by Columbia Pictures -- From left,  Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie in 'The NIght Before.'

It takes hundreds of people to make a movie, but just two talents, actor Seth Rogen and writer Evan Goldberg, define the Christmas Eve-set romp “The Night Before.” Rogen and Goldberg’s comic résumé sets “The Night Before” scene: “Superbad,” “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express,” “This Is the End.” Also last year’s banned by North Korea and, at… Continue reading →

Review: Riveting ‘Spotlight’ uncovers church scandal

Photo by Kerry Jayes -- Michael Keaton, left, as Walter 'Robby' Robinson, and Mark Ruffalo as Michael Rezendes in 'Spotlight.'

Mark Ruffalo never walks in “Spotlight.” His very slowest is just shy of a flat out jog. It’s a minor detail, but it’s crucial to appreciating why this studied, smart look at The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the abuses of the Catholic Church is also utterly exhilarating. This is the kind of simmering process film… Continue reading →

From dramas to dinosaurs, there’s a movie for everyone this holiday season

Photo by Murray Close -- Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.'

The holiday movie season enters high tide this week and next with the Thanksgiving-timed openings of likely crowd-pleasers “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” and Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Opening Friday, “Mockingjay Part 2” concludes the four films based on novelist Suzanne Collins’ internationally popular “The Hunger Games Trilogy.” Jennifer Lawrence’s rebels launch a… Continue reading →

For ‘Hunger Games’ star, a bittersweet finale to an epic run

Photo by Michael Sohn -- From left, actors Jena Malone, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields and Josh Hutcherson pose at the world premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2' in Berlin, Germany.

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” the concluding movie of four films adapted from novelist Suzanne Collins’ internationally popular “Hunger Games” trilogy, debuts in theaters Friday. For actress Jena Malone, who plays rebel warrior Johanna Mason alongside Jennifer Lawrence’s archer-heroine Katniss Everdeen, it’s a bittersweet finale. “Saying goodbye to friends,” Malone said from… Continue reading →

Prytania to screen ‘An American in Paris’ in tribute to victims of terrorist attacks

Photo provided by Prytania Theatre -- 'An American in Paris' poster

The Prytania Theater will screen “An American in Paris,” the 1951 musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, in tribute to victims of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in the French capital. The Wednesday screenings at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. are presented in association with the French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter; Alliance… Continue reading →

‘Spectre’ stays on top with $35.4M, ‘Peanuts’ with $24.2M

In this image released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions, Daniel Craig appears in a scene from the James Bond film, "Spectre."  (Susie Allnutt/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The box-office duo of James Bond and Charlie Brown again dominated North American movie theaters over the weekend, while Angelina Jolie Pitt’s “By the Sea” made barely a ripple. Sony’s “Spectre,” the 24th Bond installment and last week’s top film, took in $35.4 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.… Continue reading →

Shot in south Louisiana, ‘Into the Badlands’ shows nature dominant, humans as guests

Photo by James Minchin III/AMC -- Daniel Wu as Sunny in 'Into the Badlands'

AMC backed up and unloaded the hyphens wagon for “Into the Badlands,” debuting at 9 p.m. Sunday. It’s a post-apocalyptic, martial-arts, steam-punk, spirit-quest, six-episode drama set in a future world of plantation-living feudal barons where there are no guns but cool sunglasses and cooler motorcycles. Also beautiful, if bone-crunching, fight sequences that are… Continue reading →

Review: Despite formula, ‘Love the Coopers’ proves a moving, starry holiday pic

This photo provided by CBS Films and Lionsgate shows, Amanda Seyfried, from left, as Ruby, Jake Lacy, as Joe, Olivia Wilde, as Eleanor, Maxwell Simkins, as Bo, Blake Baumgartner, as Madison, John Goodman, as Sam, Ed Helms, as Hank, Alan Arkin, as Bucky, Diane Keaton as Charlotte, and Alex Borstein (back to camera), in "Love the Coopers," released by CBS Films and Lionsgate. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 13, 2015.  (Suzanne Tenner/CBS Films/Lionsgate via AP)

“Love the Coopers” is pretty formulaic as far as Christmas dramedies go, but there are always going to be those movies that just get to you — despite, perhaps, your best judgment. Modern holiday movies, with their aggressively unhappy families and sanitized Hallmark sentimentality, occupy an interesting space in entertainment. Big, starry ensemble casts assemble to… Continue reading →

‘Spectre’ shoots to $73 million, misses ‘Skyfall’s’ mark

In this image released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions, Monica Bellucci, left, and Daniel Craig appear in a scene from the James Bond film, "Spectre." The movie releases in U.S. theaters on Nov. 6, 2015. (Jonathan Olley/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took the combination of James Bond and Charlie Brown to save the box office after a disastrous few weekends of flops. Both “Spectre” and “The Peanuts Movie” reinvigorated moviegoers who turned out in droves to check out the new fare, including buzzy limited-release titles like “Spotlight.” “Spectre” took an easy first-place spot… Continue reading →

Review: ‘Peanuts Movie’ a worthy romp for the beloved gang

Photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox -- Charlie Brown and Lucy star in 'The Peanuts Movie.'

Maybe the Peanuts gang hasn’t been on the big screen in decades because they’ve had so much success on the small one, with specials like “The Great Pumpkin” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” that have been annual TV traditions since the 1960s. Thankfully, “The Peanuts Movie” isn’t just a small-screen special writ large. The filmmakers take advantage… Continue reading →

‘Spectre’ digs deep into Bond well

Photo provided by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures – Daniel Craig is Bond, James Bond in ‘Spectre.’

The latest entry in the enduring James Bond spy movie franchise is an homage to the series’ past. “Spectre,” starring Daniel Craig in his fourth turn as 007, looks awfully familiar. References to the earlier films and entire scenes lifted from them show up again and again. There’s Bond on a train with a beautiful… Continue reading →

Center to screen new Bill Evans documentary

Photo by GARY WINTER -- Tony Bennett, left, and filmmaker Bruce Spiegel

For 25 years, Bruce Spiegel’s work as an editor and producer at CBS mostly consisted of “48 Hours” episodes with titles such as “Perilous Journey,” “Fateful Connection” and “A Daughter, A Mortgage and Two Murders.” Occasionally, Spiegel worked on projects that meant something to him on a personal level. They include “9/11,”… Continue reading →

Isolation adds foreboding atmosphere to spare, stylish ‘The Keeping Room’

Photo provided by Drafthouse Films -- From left to right, Hailee Steinfeld, Muna Otaru and Brit Marling in a scene from 'The Keeping Room.'

Set in the South during the Civil War, the taut and suspenseful “The Keeping Room” pits three women, living alone on an isolated farm, against seemingly unavoidable destruction. British filmmaker Daniel Barber directs the Gothic Western with elegantly spare style and sinister atmosphere. “The Keeping Room” is set in the path of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s… Continue reading →

New releases 'Burnt,' 'Crisis,' add to a pileup of flops at box office over Halloween weekend

This photo provided by Warner Bros. Pictures shows, Ann Dowd, from left, as Nell, Sandra Bullock as Jane and Reynaldo Pacheco as Eddie, in Warner Bros. Pictures and Participant Media's satirical comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Oct. 30. (Patti Perret/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Bullock's political satire "Our Brand Is Crisis" and Bradley Cooper's chef drama "Burnt" added to a pileup of flops at the box office, where new wide releases have gone a startling 0-for-9 in the last two weeks. After five movies failed to draw moviegoers last week, Hollywood whiffed again over the Halloween weekend as four new… Continue reading →

To tell the ‘Truth,’ movie feels ponderous

Photo by LISA TOMASETTI -- Robert Redford portrays Dan Rather, from left, Cate Blanchett portrays Mary Mapes and Bruce Greenwood portrays Andrew Heyward in a scene from 'Truth.'

In its first hour, “Truth” feels like an academic lecture. Hour one — during which “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes and her team are on the investigative hunt — should be exciting, but it’s dull. “Truth” finds momentum in its second 60 minutes. That’s when Mapes and her “60 Minutes” colleagues, including veteran CBS newsman Dan… Continue reading →

Review: Bullock entertains as a ruthless campaign operative

Photo by PATTI PARRET -- Billy Bob Thornton, left, and Sandra Bullock co-star in the political, satirical drama, 'Our Brand is Crisis.'

They say timing is everything — or at least a whole lot. And on several fronts, the George Clooney-produced “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock as a damaged, ruthless political consultant, has absolutely perfect timing. First, it’s election season: Enough said! And second, with all the recent discussion about the need for more diverse, open-minded casting,… Continue reading →

Review: Unlikeable main character makes ‘Burnt’ a bad dish

This photo provided by The Weinstein Company, shows Daniel Bruhl, left, as Tony and Sarah Greene as Kaitlin in a scene from the film, "Burnt."  The movie opens nationwide Oct. 30. (Alex Bailey/The Weinstein Company via AP)

The best thing going for Bradley Cooper’s character in “Burnt” are his bright blue eyes. His Adam Jones is apparently a gifted chef, but with his arrogant persona and penchant for loud outbursts, it hardly seems worth finding out, even despite those baby blues. Jones is so unlikeable that spending 100 minutes with him on screen is… Continue reading →