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  • 'Norm of the North' ploddingly follows in footsteps of 'Happy Feet'

    'Norm of the North' ploddingly follows in footsteps of 'Happy Feet'

    Treading blatantly on "Happy Feet" terrain, "Norm of the North" is a blandly uninspired animated adventure about a gentle polar bear who rises to the occasion when his frozen habitat is threatened by a greedy land developer. Preferring to entertain tourists with his dance moves over hunting seals,...

  • Movie review: 'Anomalisa' gets to heart of human condition

    Only in a Charlie Kaufman movie can a character ask existential questions such as "What is it to ache? What is it to be alive?" and not come off as a freshman-year philosophy major writing his first term paper. In the movies he has written ("Adaptation," "Being John Malkovich," "Eternal Sunshine...

  • 'The Revenant' is a survival tale of beautiful, brute strength

    'The Revenant' is a survival tale of beautiful, brute strength

    Previous Alejandro G. Inarritu films such as "21 Grams," "Babel" and the Oscar-winning "Birdman" have not lacked for pretension and self-importance, so it comes as something of a pleasant surprise, possibly even to the director himself, that what he's come up with in "The Revenant" is a classic...

  • 'The Forest' doesn't live up to its ghost-story potential

    'The Forest' doesn't live up to its ghost-story potential

    The supernatural thriller "The Forest" begins with an intriguing premise and fun, ghost story-type potential but quickly devolves into convoluted hokum that produces more laughs than scares. Sara (Natalie Dormer), a married young American, learns that her punkier twin sister, Jess (also Dormer),...

  • The beautiful and thrilling 'Carol' belongs among the best movie love stories

    The beautiful and thrilling 'Carol' belongs among the best movie love stories

    "Carol" universalizes from the particular, and it does so with exceptional skill and style. This is a love story between two women set at a time and place when that relationship was beyond taboo, but as its bravura filmmaking unfolds, those specifics fade and what remains are the feelings and emotions...

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