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  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Cloverfield was a monster movie with plenty of encounters with the monster, plus some indelible images and a capable cast.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    A winning, gorgeously animated story about anthropomorphic animals living in relative harmony in a bustling metropolis.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    Though comically stylized, WTF, starring Tina Fey, feels genuine.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    The country legend sounds relaxed on laid-back versions of her own past hits.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

    The show successfully walked the line between darkness and cheesiness, just as Maiden has been doing for the past four decades.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

    A cacophony of garish special effects and loud, blustery action.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    Did you see Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    The real story must not have been interesting enough because the filmmakers turned an underdog sports story into a sappy, contrived comedy.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    The opening sequence recalls Michael Mann’s crime epic Heat and then ...

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

    They’ve successfully recaptured all of the terribleness of Full House, while updating it with new terribleness marketed at a self-aware, pseudo-ironic audience of millennials.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

    Director and co-writer Kevin Reynolds manages to take the story of Jesus’ resurrection and turn it into CSI: Jerusalem.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

    An overabundance of quality is a good problem to have.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

    Filmmaker László Nemes manages to make the horrors of the Holocaust immediate and visceral again with the haunting Oscar-nominated drama.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

    Biopics don’t come much more conventional than this.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

    Remaining original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler sounded strong, running through 100 minutes of Sabbath classics.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    Everything in theaters this week, plus special screenings and movie reviews.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

    Only Rebel Wilson really gets to show off her talents here, even if she’s just riffing on characters she’s played before.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    The result still feels like something ABC might have aired in 1997.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    Ryan Reynolds' passion project is a faithful adaption.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

    There are so many famous people who pop up for a few seconds, it could have been Celebrity Cameo: The Movie.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

    Not surprisingly, the audience left satisfied.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

    Everything in theaters this week, plus special screenings and movie reviews.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    Head out to Boulder Theatre and take in some sweet shorts.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    A lethargic, slow-paced slog.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    The creative duo's latest doesn't live up to their other masterpieces.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

    Writer-director Andrew Haigh examines love and relationships with intense subtlety.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    Everything playing in theaters this week, plus special screenings and movie reviews.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

    The singer-songwriter records pop songs she originally wrote for others as her own, which makes for a fun but generic album.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    A story that was exhaustively scrutinized at the time it occurred proves just as exhausting two decades later.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    There’s really nothing new to discover, but it’s still nice to see old friends every so often.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

    The rescue-at-sea drama takes place in 1952, and much of the movie feels like it could have been produced in the same era.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

    The teen leads are all petulant pouts and brooding stares (Cassie’s post-apocalypse hair is never less than lustrous).

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    Instead of finding the sublime in the mundane, Anomalisa turns out to just be mundane.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    Superhero overload!

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    It’s just a parade of discomfort, for both the characters and the audience.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    The truth is still out there.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    After a series of acclaimed performances, Isaac finally makes a misstep with the ludicrous thriller.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    It's mainly interested in blowing stuff up. Typical Michael Bay.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    It ebbs and flows rather than heading in any particular direction.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    Too often movies about people living in repressive conditions focus on that misery above all other emotions.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

    Gratuitous sex scenes aside, Billions relies on overwrought contrivances to build up the rivalry between its two main characters.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    A generic haunted-forest story, with a series of banal jump scares and pale apparitions.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    Despite her effort's, J-Lo's performance falls flat.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

    Choices range from a comedy centered around people getting high at a bakery to a documentary about Ed Bernstein's Crohn's-afflicted daughter.

  • Noise

    Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

    The live setting gave the onetime Canadian Idol third-place finisher a chance to show off her voice without overpowering the hooks or the backing band.

  • TV

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    The jokes that do take on topical issues rely on cheap stereotypes (about both Mexicans and working-class whites) rather than anything insightful.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    There’s a lot of crying and wailing for a movie about hardened adventurers.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    Finding Dory, Ghostbusters and more.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, the film captures the excitement as much as the fear of forbidden attraction between two women.

  • TV

    Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015

    Terrible dialogue, dodgy special effects and tacky visual style.