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Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ could have done with a lot less talking

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Molly’s Game’ could have done with a lot less talking

After an acclaimed career writing for the stage and screen, Aaron Sorkin makes his directing debut with Molly’s Game. The result is an audiobook with pictures, a true story told almost entirely in voiceover, each character and motivation described mo...
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Best of 2017: Top 10 best movies, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Get Out’

Best of 2017: Top 10 best movies, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Get Out’

So long, 2017. Don’t let the door hit you. It was a good year for movies and not much else. Movies weren’t an escape; they were a mass exodus from terrible news, lately about Hollywood itself. Yet many of the best movies showed what we were dodging, ...
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Christopher Plummer is far better in ‘All the Money in the World’ than Kevin Spacey would have been

Christopher Plummer is far better in ‘All the Money in the World’ than Kevin Spacey would have been

It’s impossible to watch Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World without thinking of the elephant no longer in the room. The movie will forever be remembered as the one from which Kevin Spacey was erased.Scott’s bold decision to excise Spacey’s per...
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What’s in theaters for Christmas: ‘Downsizing,’ ‘The Greatest Showman,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

What’s in theaters for Christmas: ‘Downsizing,’ ‘The Greatest Showman,’ ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

DOWNSIZINGAlexander Payne has a great idea with Downsizing (R) and doesn’t quite know what to do with it. Tight finances lead Paul and Audrey Safranek (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig) to join a trend of shrunken families moving to shrunken communities wher...
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Gary Oldman is splendid as Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Gary Oldman is splendid as Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

Gary Oldman may finally get that Oscar he has long deserved for Darkest Hour, a movie that seems constructed to do little else.Oldman is center stage splendid as British prime minister Winston Churchill at a crucial point in World War II, right aroun...
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‘Pitch Perfect 3’ is a tacky third wheel on the otherwise charming franchise

‘Pitch Perfect 3’ is a tacky third wheel on the otherwise charming franchise

Pitch Perfect 3 totally eclipses the heart of a charming franchise, turning the scrappy Bellas a capella posse into needy Charlie’s Angels wannabes. It’s a movie taking popularity for granted, a finale saying goodbye with a "you’re welcome."Because o...
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Gruss vom Krampus! Watch these grown-up Christmas movies this year

Gruss vom Krampus! Watch these grown-up Christmas movies this year

Christmas Day is for children, even the movies families share, from wakey-wakey to beddy-bye time.Then it’s the grownups’ turn. With children nestled snug in their beds, start a new holiday tradition of adults-only Christmas-themed movie watching.Lov...
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Personality goes a long way in ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

Personality goes a long way in ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

Maybe it’s the year-end overload of sobering movies aiming for awards, or that flu bug going around. But the Jumanji sequel nobody demanded is fun. Kind of. Sort of. It’s a close call.Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a different beast than the 1995 ...
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‘Shape of Water’ mixes horror, humor and romance in a creature feature

‘Shape of Water’ mixes horror, humor and romance in a creature feature

The Shape of Water is a fairy tale of eros, horror and whimsy, a creature feature doubling as a swooning romance, its bloodiness pumped straight from the heart of master fantasist Guillermo del Toro.Set during the Cold War, The Shape of Water is stee...
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Why ‘The Greatest Showman’ is the feel-good movie the holiday season needs

Why ‘The Greatest Showman’ is the feel-good movie the holiday season needs

The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman as circus maximizer P.T. Barnum is just getting started when the bearded lady sings.The beard is fake but Keala Settle’s voice is for real. Her song is This Is Me, an anthem for the human oddities Barnum col...
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