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Movies help us remember heroism of D-Day

Movies help us remember heroism of D-Day

For John D. Long, D-Day becomes real during the opening scenes of 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan.”

‘The BFG’ is no big deal

Steven Spielberg loves introducing children to alternate universes and amazing creatures.

Futuristic sex satire ‘Lobster’ a wonderfully weird movie

Futuristic sex satire ‘Lobster’ a wonderfully weird movie

Deliciously weird, satirically funny and dreamlike — bad dreamlike — “The Lobster” is the sort of visionary film that can only be created by a great provocateur.

Mockumentary mostly funny, but turns self-congratulatory

Mockumentary mostly funny, but turns self-congratulatory

The plotline of the music mockumentary “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” by the sketch comedy group The Lonely Island, is a journey that could be extrapolated onto the story of The Lonely Island themselves.

Love story with bite should please viewers who cry at movies

Love story with bite should please viewers who cry at movies

Giving into its pleasures is not for everyone, but the message of "Me Before You" — live boldly, as the movie’s hashtag encourages — is an admonition that’s awfully hard to dispute.

Ninja Turtles: They’re back, like it or not

Ninja Turtles: They’re back, like it or not

One can question who this movie is for — the nostalgic 30-year-olds who loved the cartoon or younger kids.

Secrets lurk below surface in terrific ‘A Bigger Splash’

Secrets lurk below surface in terrific ‘A Bigger Splash’

During one of the first decadent Italian meals in “A Bigger Splash,” Harry (Ralph Fiennes) cracks open the thick salt crust baked onto a fish to reveal the delicate flesh below.

‘Looking Glass’ doesn’t reflect Carroll’s clever writing

‘Looking Glass’ doesn’t reflect Carroll’s clever writing

“Alice Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to the 2010 release “Alice in Wonderland,” should have been called “Alice in Blunder Land.”

Beckinsale, Sevigny shine in laugh-out-loud film

Beckinsale, Sevigny shine in laugh-out-loud film

Since 1990, auteur Whit Stillman has made five movies that are perfectly rendered unto the worlds that he creates on screen.

McAvoy, Fassbender and Lawrence are just X-meh

The stakes in the boringly apocalyptic “X-Men: Apocalypse” couldn’t be higher.

'Angry Birds' unseats 'Captain America' at top of box office

'Angry Birds' unseats 'Captain America' at top of box office

A flock of "Angry Birds" edged out superheroes in "Captain America: Civil War" to take the top slot in domestic theaters.

Summer of the sequel at movie theaters

The summer of 2016 looks a whole lot like the summer of 2015, or 2014, or any other summer at the multiplexes where franchises and sequels, comic-book superheroes, stupid-with-a-capital-S comedies, and at least two movies with Kevin Hart in the cast dominate.

‘Neighbors 2’ flips script to great success

‘Neighbors 2’ flips script to great success

They've created a feminist party classic that’s completely current and doesn’t skimp on any of the wild humor.

Sarandon sparkles in ‘Meddler,’ a valentine to mothers

Sarandon sparkles in ‘Meddler,’ a valentine to mothers

The smooth, cozy charm of writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s “The Meddler” offers considerable seriocomic satisfaction in its story of a mother and a daughter, the meddler and the meddled with, respectively.

These guys aren’t nice enough to make buddy movie work

These guys aren’t nice enough to make buddy movie work

The concept is solid and Shane Black’s formula for this kind of film has worked before. Where “The Good Guys” goes astray.

'Angry Birds’ movie will have you seeing Red

'Angry Birds’ movie will have you seeing Red

You’ll known why the birds are so mad after seeing “Angry Birds.” They’ve been saddled with a thin story, juvenile writing and a look that might be great for flying through the air but otherwise looks a little creepy.

'Captain America' is just one piece of Disney's plan to reinvent entertainment

'Captain America' is just one piece of Disney's plan to reinvent entertainment

Many entertainment industry observers love to focus on simple pawns, one move at a time. Disney, on the other hand, is playing multidimensional chess not only across films, but also across decades.

'Sing Street' an endearing tale of kids starting a band

'Sing Street' an endearing tale of kids starting a band

Set in 1985 Dublin, “Sing Street” is a seriously endearing picture from John Carney, the writer-director of “Once,” about which I am crazy. For his latest, I’m two-thirds crazy. That’s percentage enough

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is a dull, routine exercise

It’s pretty dull, sorry to say. Movies about math (or physics, or anything) don’t have to be, of course.

‘Money Monster’ is a great thriller

‘Money Monster’ is a great thriller

“Money Monster” is the kind of film that Hollywood pundits mourn in the era of endless superhero franchises. A juicy yet serious thriller for grown-ups — no capes, no flying guys, no merchandise tie-ins.

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