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News, reviews, and interviews on feature films and documentaries.

Thanks for the memories

By Megan Basham
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Movies | The Force Awakens revels in Star Wars nostalgia but fails to go far beyond it

The force is cool, but it’s no Holy Spirit

By Emily Whitten
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Movies | The force awakens tomorrow morning at midnight with the release of the latest Star Wars sequel, almost 40 years after the first installment in the saga debuted.

Average mob flick Legend tells a cautionary tale about marriage

By Bob Brown
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Movies | The new film Legend , like most gangster movies, glamorizes depravity while making little effort to offer fresh insights into human nature. Rare for its genre,

Which version of <em>A Christmas Carol</em> is the best?

Which version of A Christmas Carol is the best?

By Phil Boatwright
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Movies | There have been several great renditions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the well-known story about an old grump who, with the help of three visiting…

Don Verdean

By John Mark Reynolds
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Movies | Jerud and Jerusha Hess made Napoleon Dynamite , a film that still pops up in Facebook memes, but just as Super Bowl–winning coaches only get so many losing…

Macbeth

By Emily Belz
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Movies | William Shakespeare’s world in the early 1600s, when he composed Macbeth , was grim. The new film Macbeth opens with wailing strings and a shot of Macbeth…

The <em>Heart</em> of the matter

The Heart of the matter

By Megan Basham
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Movies | Ron Howard film is a good sea story that is almost great 

Box Office Top 10

By The Editors
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Movies | For the weekend of Dec. 4–6 according to Box Office Mojo

The Letters

By Emily Belz
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Movies | The premise of The Letters is compelling: A posthumous collection of letters from Roman Catholic nun Mother Teresa revealed she was tormented with…

Nothing jolly about Christmas in Krampus

By Bob Brown
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Movies | Eleven-year-old Max Engle (Emjay Anthony) tears up his letter to Santa and throws the tatters out his bedroom window into the clear December night. He wishes…

Provocative Chi-Raq takes on inner-city violence

By Bob Brown
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Movies | Spike Lee has a knack for making movies that can blow away viewers. His latest film, Chi-Raq , is no exception—a whirlwind of blaxploitation cinema and ancient…

Sophomoric storytelling dismantles Victor Frankenstein

By Bob Brown
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Movies | Victor Frankenstein opens at a circus, setting the tone for the rest of the film. The persistent exaggerated dramatics would be appropriate if the film were a…

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