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By McClatchy-Tribune News Services » 12:01 AM

Time travel meets “found footage” in “Project Almanac,” a “Blair Witch/Chronicle” tale about pretty teens tampering with all things temporal. A couple of ingenious wrinkles distinguish ... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, January 29, 2015

“Black or White” addresses a number of scrambled issues, some of them funny and some of them poignant. As the title promises, it’s not black or white. Kevin Costner, who at 60 is as handsome ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 29, 2015

J.C. Chandor is the most unpredictable young filmmaker in America. Not even Paul Thomas Anderson or Bennett Miller can quite match him there. When Chandor made “Margin Call,” he created the def... Read More

By McClatchy-Tribune News Services » Saturday, January 24, 2015

As you might have guessed from the daft and something-short-of-hilarious TV ads, “Mortdecai” is an extended inside Anglo joke that most of us aren’t in on. But for a certain sort of Anglophil... Read More

By San Francisco Chronicle » Thursday, January 22, 2015

There are good things in the animated musical fantasy, “Strange Magic”: the ultra-detailed, photorealistic animation; the name-that-tune pleasures of a mashup-jukebox soundtrack; fine vo... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sam will be 7 on his next birthday. He has already become a very troublesome little boy. He screams “Mom! Mom!” all the time and is so obsessed with monsters that he invents new homemade weapon... Read More

By San Francisco Chronicle » Thursday, January 15, 2015

“Please look after this bear, thank you.” Those are the words on a label around the neck of a small ursine creature newly arrived in London and looking for a home. They also get at the heart of ... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hate to be stubborn at moments like this but I’m not going to do it. No sir. I refuse. I’m not going to advise bringing cranberry sauce, stuffing and mashed potatoes to Michael Mann’s “Blac... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 15, 2015

“It’s a hell of a thing killin’ a man,” says Clint Eastwood playing Bill Munny in “Unforgiven.” “(You) take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.” Late in Eastwood’s... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Thursday, January 8, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. was the greatest historical figure of my lifetime. No one else altered more radically the America I was born into while we all watched. No one else stood so fearlessly – and p... Read More
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