Reviews

“Pan” deserves the hook

Terrific effects and an appealing young lead aside, the prequel doesn’t live up to the promise of its own promise.

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“Everest” like a nature documentary that turns into a horror movie

The engrossing drama takes a studiously neutral approach, not affixing blame, but merely documenting what happened in the 1996 tragedy, for good or for ill. 

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Fox’s new “Fantastic Four” is painfully lacking in Marvel magic

This latest Fantastic Four works so hard to go so far off-model, yet ends up with something so numbingly unoriginal, one wonders why they bothered at all. 

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The greatest film never made: “Jodorowsky’s Dune”

Avant-garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky unveiling his aborted 1970s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel makes for compelling twin stories.

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“Finding Vivian Maier” a mystery wrapped in an enigma carrying a camera

Co-director John Maloof is as obsessively fascinated with a woman he’d never met as she ever was with her lens.

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“The Unknown Known” can’t unlock cagey Donald Rumsfeld

He’s a man who simply isn’t there, a reptile in a pricey suit, his rictus grin unfurling to fill any pause longer than five seconds.

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Subplots, side stars mar “Captain America” sequel

If “The Winter Soldier” isn’t quite a “Captain America” movie, it doesn’t much care: The Marvel gang’s back together.

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Noirish twin drama “Enemy” needs twice the heft

Despite the film’s many structural shortcomings, Gyllenhaal’s performance, around which “Enemy” pivots, is smartly nuanced.

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“Cesar Chavez” too tempered to be stirring

It carries the weight of telling the activist’s story a generation removed from the public eye, almost necessitating an educational approach.

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“The Lunchbox” is worth savoring

In this light-touch romantic drama, a rare error by Mumbai’s ubiquitous deliverymen brings a lunch made by a lonely housewife to the desk of an even lonelier office worker.

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