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Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz
NEW YORK

Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.
 
‘Transporter Refueled’ is a fun ride

‘Transporter Refueled’ is a fun ride

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
You’ll see much to applaud in the B-movie action pleasures on display in “Transporter Refueled.” You can’t do much better than this for a last gasp of mindless cinematic summer fun.
 
Gibney documentary shows darker side of Steve Jobs

Gibney documentary shows darker side of Steve Jobs

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Documentarian Alex Gibney is known for pulling no punches when it comes to his subjects, most famously Scientology in his recent “Going Clear.” And so it should come as little surprise that in “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” he comes down heavily on that darker image of the Apple CEO.
 
‘Walk in the Woods’ warm but offputting

‘Walk in the Woods’ warm but offputting

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
It’s an odd little movie, with nearly every warm moment between Robert Redford and Nick Nolte offset by something weirdly tone-deaf, and with Emma Thompson and Mary Steenburgen wasted in tiny roles
 
Greta Gerwig powers fresh, fun ‘Mistress America’

Greta Gerwig powers fresh, fun ‘Mistress America’

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Underneath all the head-snapping dialogue and funny sparkle that Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke bring to their performances, a sly streak of capitalistic ennui underpins “Mistress America.”
 
Horror movie director Wes Craven dies at 76
LOS ANGELES

Horror movie director Wes Craven dies at 76

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015
It's hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.
 
‘We Are Your Friends’ is an entertaining musical romp

‘We Are Your Friends’ is an entertaining musical romp

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Part electronic dance music tutorial and part love letter to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, “We Are Your Friends” is a surprisingly accessible and sweet story of a group of friends standing on the cusp of adulthood with big ambition and little direction.
 

‘Marlon’ a revealing look at a brilliant and troubled actor

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Directed by Stevan Riley, the revelatory documentary "Listen to Me Marlon" boasts a narration by none other than the film’s subject.
 

Film as rewarding as it is squirm-inducing

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015
Even for freewheeling 1970s San Francisco, Minnie Goetze isn’t your typical 15-year-old.
 
‘No Escape’ provides thrills, chills — and an ugly worldview

‘No Escape’ provides thrills, chills — and an ugly worldview

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015
If what you’re seeking in the doldrums of August is stomach-churning, eye-watering suspense, “No Escape” delivers just that — but falls short with a tone-deaf story and extremely xenophobic worldview.
 
'Tour' shows duel of wits between brilliant minds

'Tour' shows duel of wits between brilliant minds

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
“The End of the Tour” is adapted by screenwriter Donald Margulies from writer David Lipsky’s “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace,” Lipsky’s chronicle of five days spent with the author in the immediate afterglow of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic, “Infinite Jest.”

 
Violence, comedy in ‘American Ultra’ beautifully reflect world view

Violence, comedy in ‘American Ultra’ beautifully reflect world view

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
What buoys “American Ultra” are the talented actors who bring real emotional stakes to their characters. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are perfectly matched, and her performance is a warm reminder that Stewart, released from the chains of “Twilight,” is a remarkable actress. You really do believe in their love and want these kids to make it.
 
Postwar drama 'Phoenix' focuses on trust, betrayal

Postwar drama 'Phoenix' focuses on trust, betrayal

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
Phoenix,” a moody post-Holocaust noir, stars the formidable German actress Nina Hoss.
 
‘Sinister’ sequel has same ghoul, fewer scares

‘Sinister’ sequel has same ghoul, fewer scares

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
‘Sinister 2,’ like its predecessor, follows the creepy crawly antics of the ghoulish Bughuul (Nick King), installed in an old abandoned farmhouse where some grisly murders happened.
 
‘Hitman: Agent 47’ is dead on arrival

‘Hitman: Agent 47’ is dead on arrival

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
The overly serious “Hitman: Agent 47” is so coldblooded, it’s practically reptilian.
 
 

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