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  • Film Review: 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' Published 4/3/2014 at 3:36 p.m. 0 comments

    The superhuman efforts director Joe Johnston made to persuade Chris Evans to re-enlist in the comic book movie universe as “Captain America” pay more dividends in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

  • Film Review: 'Noah' Published 3/27/2014 at 3:53 p.m. 0 comments

    Old Testament fury has rarely come to such spectacularly fearsome life than in “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky’s audacious adaptation of one of the Bible’s best-known but still enigmatic chapters.

  • Film Review: 'Muppets Most Wanted' Published 3/20/2014 at 12:18 p.m. 0 comments

    When “The Muppets” came out in 2011, it was the first Muppet movie to hit theaters in more than a decade; the collective exhale was palpable — and profitable — as millions of relieved fans flocked to see their beloved ...

  • Film Review: Gentle humor, hard truths in 'Tennessee Queer' Published 3/13/2014 at 1:54 p.m. 0 comments

    Wherever movie theaters exist in America this weekend, you likely will find “Need for Speed” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman. But only one movie begins a week’s run Friday exclusively in the unusual sister cities of Los Angeles and Memphis: ...

  • Film Review: '300: Rise of an Empire' Published 3/6/2014 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments

    It’s a pity this colorless cast doesn’t hold a candle to the Gerard Butler/Michael Fassbender/David Wenham crew of the original, that the writers couldn’t conjure up thrilling speeches to match the original.

  • Film Review: 'Non-Stop' Published 2/27/2014 at 10:39 a.m. 0 comments

    The label “durable,” as in “durable leading man,” has never fit Liam Neeson more than it does in these late-career action pictures that have become his bread and butter since “Taken.”

  • Film Review: 'Nebraska' Published 12/18/2013 at 8:48 p.m. 0 comments

    Director Alexander Payne has established an increasingly rare ability to craft smart adult comedies with a degree of multiplex viability: The breakout “Election,” with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick doing generational battle, giving way to “About Schmidt” (Jack Nicholson’s widower/retiree ...

  • Film Review: 'American Hustle' Published 12/18/2013 at 7:32 p.m. 0 comments

    Does any director working in movies today convey a greater sense of affection, even love, for his characters than David O. Russell? Increasingly confident, the filmmaker seems genuinely to enjoy the bumptious, unruly company of the moms and pops and ...

  • Film Review: 'Out of the Furnace' Published 12/5/2013 at 11:52 a.m. 0 comments

    The unforgiving back roads and rusted-out mill towns of Appalachia provide the bleak backdrop and emotional landscape of “Out of the Furnace,” a well-acted, beautifully filmed, utterly depressing chronicle of revenge and thwarted dreams in postindustrial America.

  • Film Review: 'The Book Thief' Published 11/27/2013 at 1:56 p.m. 0 comments

    In “The Book Thief,” it’s 1938 and the wrong time to be young in Germany. A little girl is adopted into a poor family, and the movie traces her trials and adjustments, balancing a personal story with the world going ...

  • Film Review: 'Frozen' Published 11/27/2013 at 11:44 a.m. 0 comments

    With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, “Frozen” is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake. A certain scene-stealing ...

  • Film Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Published 11/21/2013 at 3:22 p.m. 0 comments

    In a testimony to the size and appetite of its fan base, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens this weekend on close to 40 local screens.

  • Film Review: 'Dallas Buyers Club' Published 11/21/2013 at 2:56 p.m. 0 comments

    Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto could be in line for Oscar nominations in this film based on a true story.

  • Film Review: 'Great Expectations' Published 11/21/2013 at 2:49 p.m. 0 comments

    Mike Newell, director of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” reunites several cast members from that 2005 film for an adaptation of a work by an author -- Charles Dickens -- who may have been England’s most popular writer ...

  • Indie Memphis Review: 'Touchy Feely' Published 10/24/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments

    The fifth feature from Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, whose Indie Memphis connection dates back to her second, 2008’s “My Effortless Brilliance,” “Touchy Feely” will appear on the opening-night undercard at this year’s festival.