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By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, February 26, 2015

David Cronenberg does Hollywood as only he can in “Maps to the Stars,” a pitch-black, ultra-violent, darkly comic satire dripping with acid. It’s a Hollywood horror story designed to equally int... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 26, 2015

Will Smith is the name above the title in the credits of “Focus.” Margot Robbie’s is, far and away, the name above the title in your head as you walk out of the theater.If the Aus... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Wednesday, February 25, 2015

You would be hard put to find a 21st century movie any more Russian than “Leviathan.” It’s a bleakly powerful look at a corrupt new post-Soviet Russia where struggling decency can get crushed... Read More

By San Francisco Chronicle » Friday, February 20, 2015

“The DUFF,” a pleasantly predictable cross between “Revenge of the Nerds” and “Clueless” – in the social media age – is a teen comedy about a hi... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kevin Costner was 60 in January. He can still play 50 but you really wouldn’t want him stretching any further toward youth than that on screen. If, in fact, he seems to you to be a tiny bit too old ... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, February 19, 2015

“Beloved Sisters,” Germany’s entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, is almost three hours long. It has a wild premise, that the poet Friedrich von Schiller (the author of the words to Beetho... Read More

Thursday, February 19, 2015

By CARY DARLING Fort Worth Star-Telegram Near the beginning of Swedish director Ruben Ostland’s devastatingly powerful “Force Majeure,” his country’s official Oscar entry, an avalanche at ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, February 12, 2015

Let me tell you what happened in my row at the screening when Jamie Dornan finally bared his tush on screen in the first love scene in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The young woman next to me applauded ... Read More

By McClatchy-Tribune News Services » Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Spy Who Amused Me, James Bond, has abdicated that title. That’s the gap the Mark Millar/Dave Gibbons comic “The Secret Service” leaped into, and it’s territory that fee... Read More

By Christopher Schobert » Thursday, February 12, 2015

Two families and a bicyclist meet with combustible results in “Human Capital,” a sharp, ambitiously staged drama about life in modern, post-Berlusconi Italy. “Everything is collapsing,” says o... Read More
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