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Movie Review: Rust and Bone

A single father/boxer and an aquatic animal trainer reveal physical and emotional wounds and forge an unlikely bond in Jacques Audiard’s French language film Rust & Bone (A-). Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard hit all the right notes in an

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Movie Review: Life of Pi

There are two incredible tales of survival in Director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi (A), and whether you’re a person of faith, a stalwart for science and logic or a vessel of varying belief systems, there will be soul stirring

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Movie Review: Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (D+) just isn’t funny or insightful enough to get away with tackling American slavery. It’s difficult to juxtapose the brutality of heatboxes and lynchings with Quentin’s quips. Christopher Waltz is awesome, Jamie Foxx is wasted as

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Movie Review: Les Misérables (2012)

As a movie musical, Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables (A) gets nearly every sonic and emotional note right. Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne and Anne Hathaway are the standout performers in this silver scall-singing spectacular that toggles between moments both intimate and

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Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph

Rich Moore’s Wreck-It Ralph (B+) is a highly creative and charming CGI fantasy about an 8-bit ’80s arcade game character who must become a hero of a different kind in today’s virtual age. Waves of nostalgia, knowing in-jokes and clever

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Movie Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Writer/director Stephen Chbosky has expertly adapted his own novel into a cinematic masterpiece – The Perks of Being a Wallflower (A+) featuring fresh performances by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and a splendid cast. A rhapsodic, often heartbreaking high school story

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Movie Review: The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (C) is a not-so-veiled look at a religion not-so-different-from-Scientology with Philip Seymour Hoffman as the chief guru of a peculiar religion, Amy Adams as his wife and Joaquin Phoenix as his apprentice. Once the film

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Movie Review: Magic Mike

Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike (C) is the origin story of a Tampa-based stripper group (ahem, male entertainment) and is made notable by both the titular character played and danced by a charming Channing Tatum and by the veteran emcee and

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Movie Review: Ted

Seth MacFarlane scores big as director, co-writer and voice of Ted (A-), a teddy bear brought to life as the boon companion of Mark Wahlberg in a hilarious Boston-set comedy. The teddy bear is a boozy, profane sidekick who gets

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Movie Review: Promised Land (2012)

Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land (A-) is a thought-provoking small-town parable about the people we become when wrestling with the dual responsibilities of capitalism and being caretakers of the planet. Instead of taking a scorched-earth approach relying on histrionics or

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