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  • 'The Gift' review: A thriller wrapped in suspense

    'The Gift' review: A thriller wrapped in suspense

    A delayed-secret suspense thriller of unusual stealth, "The Gift" comes from actor and screenwriter Joel Edgerton, here making his feature directorial debut. Among this summer's worthwhile movies, this one faces a particular challenge, since its marketing campaign makes it look like a slasher outing.

  • 'Irrational Man' review: Woody Allen dives deep into familiar territory

    'Irrational Man' review: Woody Allen dives deep into familiar territory

    Forty-five features into his half-century of moviemaking, the rote obsessions distinguishing Woody Allen's furtive protagonists — luck, fate, chance, getting away with murder — have extended more and more to Allen's own approach to screenwriting.

  • 'Ricki and the Flash' review: Demme, Cody collaboration falls flat

    'Ricki and the Flash' review: Demme, Cody collaboration falls flat

    "Ricki and the Flash" comes from director Jonathan Demme, whose good and great films include "Melvin and Howard," "Swing Shift," "Stop Making Sense," "Something Wild," "Married to the Mob" and, seven years ago, "Rachel Getting Married." (He's made a few others, of course, among them "The Silence...

  • 'Dark Places' review: Lifetime-like melodrama

    'Dark Places' review: Lifetime-like melodrama

    For those who loved the twisty and twisted narrative of last year's "Gone Girl," "Dark Places," also from the mind of novelist Gillian Flynn, just might scratch that itch for mystery. But without David Fincher's chilly auteurist touch, "Dark Places" is just one step above a Lifetime TV movie. Not...

  • 'Samba' review: Strong actors, bad script

    'Samba' review: Strong actors, bad script

    In "Jurassic World," a movie about undocumented workers (the dinosaurs) adjusting to life, and theme park employment, in their adopted home, Omar Sy takes a supporting role, backing up the heroics of headliner Chris Pratt. In his too-few scenes Sy gives a serviceable, mechanical blockbuster a rooting...

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