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By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 23, 2016

They weren’t kidding when they called this sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence.” If you remember the emblematic moment of the terrifically entertaining original summertime apocalypse, a gigantic space ship parked itself over the White House, sent a giant ray into the joint and blasted it to smithereens. So... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, June 23, 2016

The most absurdly exhilarating action sequence of 2016 occurs near the end point of “Weiner,” the wildly entertaining documentary about the second fall of Congressman Anthony Weiner. It is Election Night, and Weiner has just lost the New York mayor’s race in grand fashion, garnering less than 5 percent of the... Read More

By Robbie-Ann McPherson » Thursday, June 16, 2016

“Central Intelligence” crashes into theaters as a giant summer buddy flick, and it delivers on most levels with biceps, fights, smashing stuff, guy-humor, gunfire, a little CIA intrigue and even some nerd-revenge on high school bullies. While it’s not a laugh-a-minute, it’s more of an heir to classic... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, June 16, 2016

Director Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” captures the immigrant experience in immersive, exhilarating, heartbreaking detail. On paper it would be called a crime drama, but that’s a preposterously limiting classification.Instead, the French filmmaker’s new piece is best considered a startling piece of human drama,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 16, 2016

My advice? Don’t even worry about it. Of course, “Finding Dory” isn’t as good as the original “Finding Nemo” was 12 years ago. That, after all, was only one of the string of animated feature masterpieces that Pixar has turned out in an era replete with them (“Wall-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,”... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thomas Wolfe was 6 feet 7 inches tall – an inch taller than Michael Jordan. We’re talking now about the 1930s writer who wrote massive novels, not the flamboyant, white-suited “new journalist” who came along three decades later. The original Thomas Wolfe said he wrote by hand because the hands God gave him were... Read More

By Kathleen Rizzo Young » Thursday, June 9, 2016

If “Dark Horse” were not a documentary, viewers might find its story a bit of a long shot.After a childhood spent breeding racing pigeons and whippets, barmaid/grocery store cleaner Jan Vokes decides that she wants to breed a racehorse. “For most of my life, I was someone else – Kelly’s daughter, Brian’s wife... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, June 9, 2016

Big-budget, effects-laden summer blockbusters are meant to strut into theaters with confidence. But the computer-game adaptation “Warcraft” is limping onto screens with all the gusto of a wounded orc. The buzz surrounding the long-in-development film is somber. Early screenings resulted in toxic reviews. The... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 9, 2016

Much is made in “The Conjuring 2” of the movie’s origins in a real tale of paranormal investigation in Britain. To wit, the real Transatlantic investigation of “The Enfield Poltergeist” in which an ordinary family in 1977-79 London was beset by what many insisted was the “demonic possession” of two sisters,... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, June 9, 2016

Something rather quietly wonderful is happening in American movies and you can see it in Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan.” It’s not happening front and center, though, but in the background and over to the side. You notice it if, for some reason, you’re attuned to it.Directors have figured out how to direct... Read More

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