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  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    Like a good photographer, the two stars' performances capture their subjects while adding their own perspectives.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    Stacked up against one of the most celebrated novels of all time, Ron Howard's film looks pretty paltry.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

    The network’s programming is shifting back toward science fiction, with an emphasis on adapting well-regarded source material.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    How about a little Christmas Evil to get you in the holiday spirit?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    William Riead could at least make her (or anyone else in the movie) an interesting character.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    The show was probably loads of fun for the people involved, but the feeling doesn’t necessarily carry over to the viewing audience.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    It's a heavily fictionalized story about the adventures of teenage princesses.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

    Lee handles the topic about as gracefully as a screaming op-ed piece.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

    The film features Sylvester Stallone’s best performance in a long time.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

    Dalton Trumbo was a brilliant writer who sacrificed his career and his family life to stand up for what he believed in.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

    Eilis is a good person who deserves a good life, and even through her occasional inner turmoil, she’s able to achieve it.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

    Not surprisingly for Pixar, the animation is gorgeous to look at, and it’s solid, pleasurable entertainment for kids.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    Their life is full of ennui, thanks to a previous tragedy alluded to throughout the movie but only revealed at the end.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    "...a bit monotonous, and the grim tone doesn’t help."

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    Jennifer Lawrence, as ever, is excellent as Katniss.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    Without strong, believable characters, Secret in Their Eyes is just a generic thriller.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

    The film tells the tale of the Boston Globe reporters who broke the story of sexual abuse and cover-ups in the Catholic Church.

  • Screen

    Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

    Instead of genuine inspiration, the movie provides only flimsy, superficial positivity.

  • Screen

    Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

    The great thing about a film festival like AFI's is that almost any choice will turn out okay.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

    Sounds like it could be cool, but ...

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

    The procedural details behind building a case against war criminals can be riveting.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    Despite the reliable thrills and sights, the filmmakers strain to tie the last four 007 films together.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    Master of None has a loose, low-key tone that makes it both charmingly unpredictable and occasionally inscrutable.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    Selling out with style? The artist's "big pop album" is fairly generic.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

    It’s a bit like watching the Peanuts greatest hits.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

    The screenwriter/producer's long-gestating Red Herring comes out October 30 at AMC Town Square.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

    The movie is never quite as rousing as it’s trying to be, but it comes close enough.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

    Burnt is filled with images of gorgeously prepared food, but its story is significantly less flavorful.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

    Fans of Sam Raimi's original films who were disappointed in the 2013 remake will likely be pleased by the new Starz series.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

    The American Idol champ sticks with a proven pop-country formula on her fifth album.

  • Screen

    Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

    If we’re lucky, the producers will keep their promise not to make any more of these movies.

  • Screen

    Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

    Prepare for a predictable, drawn-out and cheesy story about remaining true to yourself in the face of pressures to sell out.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    The main takeaway: Steve Jobs was a jerk.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    Bill Murray coasts through a familiar part as a lovable loser.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    Reviewing new albums from the two teen queens turned pop stars.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

    Supergirl has the same bright, geek-friendly tone that has worked so well for The Flash.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    And while its atmosphere is spectacular, its story is a bit stale.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    The Austrian horror movie is more slow burn than all-out terror.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

    The movie a striking mix of melodrama and melancholy.

  • Noise

    Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

    Back to the '90s! The band's set was a real treat for longtime fans.

  • Television

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    It won’t be easy for Noah to carve out a unique identity for himself in a late-night landscape that includes shows hosted by four former Daily Show correspondents.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    The film pretends to add to a beloved mythology while instead mostly just cheapening it.

  • Television

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    The most promising new show of a fairly dismal fall TV season.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

    Country fans crowded the Las Vegas Village for sets from mainstream stars.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

    A balance of strong humor with serious danger and uncertainty with a cast full of great actors.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

    Ken Jeong has had scene-stealing roles as oddball characters, but a little of his manic energy goes a long way.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

    Elisabeth Moss re-teams with writer-director Alex Ross Perry.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

    The film tells the tale about Phillippe Petit's high-wire stunt at the World Trade Center in 1974.