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Posted Apr 22, 2016 at 2:01 AM

Once upon a time in a land of unnecessary sequels there lived a movie that melded “Frozen,” “Game of Thrones” and a dash of “Lord of the Rings” into a beast called “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”

Posted Apr 22, 2016 at 2:01 AM

It’s a coming of age story that’s sweet and funny, with a sadness lingering in the background; the young actors are mostly unknowns; it’s a musical (sorta); the soundtrack features lots of ’80s pop songs (“Town Called Malice,” “Rio,” “Maneater”)...

Posted Apr 22, 2016 at 2:01 AM

If you have any doubt that Elvis Presley once visited the White House and wrangled an almost hour-long visit with President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office, go to Google, type “Elvis Nixon photo,” and the truth, in all of its un-Photoshopped glory,...

Posted Apr 22, 2016 at 2:01 AM

“Green Room” is not a sequel to writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s previous film “Blue Ruin.” The former was a bloody thriller about an inept fellow’s attempt to get revenge on his parents’ killer.

Updated Apr 15, 2016 at 10:54 AM

True to its title “Miles Ahead” is miles ahead of most music biopics. Like last week’s Chet Baker profile, “Born to Be Blue,” it ditches the tried-and-blah template in favor of a fudge-the-facts approach in telling an improvised version of the life...

Updated Apr 15, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Remaking a movie as beloved as “The Jungle Book” is a risky endeavor. But Jon “Iron Man” Favreau proves emphatically there’s no bungle in his “Jungle” — just laughs, tears and overwhelming warmth for the talkative critters who inhabit it.

Posted Apr 15, 2016 at 2:01 AM

There are all sorts of casting and acting surprises in “Criminal,” a political action thriller with a science fiction edge.

Posted Apr 15, 2016 at 2:01 AM

“Barbershop: The Next Cut” — the third film in the franchise — tries a little too hard to be more than it is, and that’s OK, especially if it gets moviegoers motivated to effect change. On the surface, the film is a broad ensemble comedy featuring...

Posted Apr 15, 2016 at 2:01 AM

The 2002 film “Barbershop,” the first in what’s turned out to be an honest-to-goodness franchise, was a film that made me laugh, and earned a review that was of the thumbs-up variety. I didn’t see “Barbershop 2,” but with the release of “Barbershop:...

Updated Apr 14, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Very few people saw writer-director Jeremy Saulnier’s first feature movie “Murder Party,” as it only played film fests, then had a limited release. But his follow-up revenge film “Blue Ruin” garnered some positive reviews and screened at the Cannes...

Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Candy getting stuck in a vending machine is one of those universally exasperating experiences. Emotions boil. Ditto for losing a loved one. Both of those events propel “Demolition,” a study of grief and growth that stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who...

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