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Fantastic Four: A glum sci-fi flick mainly for adults

Fantastic Four: A glum sci-fi flick mainly for adults

| John Mulderig | August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The misfortunes of its principal characters become mildly miserable for the audience of the glum sci-fi adventure “Fantastic Four.”

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

| John Mulderig | April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

The seemingly ever-expanding media universe centered on Marvel Comics spawns yet another property with the arrival of the so-so sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

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Boyhood

Boyhood

| Joseph McAleer | January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

To describe “Boyhood” as unique is to underestimate a film that was shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years.

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Selma

Selma

| John Mulderig | January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Arriving on screens almost precisely 50 years after the events it portrays unfolded, director Ava DuVernay’s fact-based drama “Selma” compellingly recreates a crucial battle in the long struggle for African-American equality.

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Unbroken

Unbroken

| John Mulderig | December 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Positive values permeate the inspirational fact-based drama “Unbroken.” Despite its admirable qualities, however, the film also represents something of a missed opportunity.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

All creatures great and small, including some long-dead humans, spring to life when the sun goes down in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”, the third film in the popular franchise.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

| John Mulderig | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

With “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”, director Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films based on Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 fantasy novel “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” reaches a rousing finale.

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Into the Woods

Into the Woods

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite its fairy-tale roots, and Christmas Day release date, “Into the Woods” is an inappropriate choice for youthful moviegoers.

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Annie

Annie

| Joseph McAleer | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The you-know-what will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, in “Annie.” It’s an exuberant adaptation of the 1977 Broadway musical — which previously became a 1982 film — about the little orphan with big dreams.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus: Gods and Kings

| John Mulderig | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though it ends with the giving of the Commandments on Mount Sinai, at an intimidating running time of over two-and-a-half hours, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” may strike many as recalling more directly the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness by which the fidelity of the Hebrews was thereafter put to the test.

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Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar

| John Mulderig | November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

The holiday season turns out to be the time for the “Penguins of Madagascar” to come to the fore — and into their own.

These supporting characters from previous movies in the franchise that began with 2005’s “Madagascar” take center stage in a spirited animated adventure calculated to please kids and leave parents’ minds at ease.

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The Identical

The Identical

| John Mulderig | September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although they may be sociologically fascinating, in the cultural scheme of things, Elvis Presley impersonators are not widely deemed to occupy a particularly exalted position.

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