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'Non-Stop' unseats 'Lego Movie' from top slot
LOS ANGELES

'Non-Stop' unseats 'Lego Movie' from top slot

Sunday, March 2, 2014
"Non-Stop," starring Liam Neeson, has knocked down "The Lego Movie" at the box office.
 
NYC official: Hoffman died of toxic mix of drugs
NEW YORK

NYC official: Hoffman died of toxic mix of drugs

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
A toxic mix of heroin and other drugs killed Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, New York City officials said Friday.
 
With less blood than Gibson’s ‘Passion,’ ‘Son of God’ tells loving story of Jesus

With less blood than Gibson’s ‘Passion,’ ‘Son of God’ tells loving story of Jesus

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
"Son of God" is a standard-issue Christ picture — hitting the high points from Jesus taking that first fishing trip with Peter to Lazarus to “Where’s Judas?” to “Give us Barabbas” and the long, final walk. Unlike “The Passion of the Christ,” there’s no Aramaic with English subtitles, a lot less blood and no anti-Semitism.
 
Miyazaki’s last project, 'The Wind Rises,' soars

Miyazaki’s last project, 'The Wind Rises,' soars

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
“The Wind Rises” was a dream project for the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, and this gorgeous film makes a fine capstone for his career. It’s basically a biopic about Jiro Horikoshi, who designed planes for the Japanese military before and during World War II.
 
Neeson fits the bill as tough-minded air marshal in thriller 'Non-Stop'

Neeson fits the bill as tough-minded air marshal in thriller 'Non-Stop'

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Liam Neeson, at 61, is proving to be a more reliable action hero than many of his peers. Grizzled, wrinkled with care and worry, he’s not just convincing as a guy with “particular skills,” he’s a man with the weight of the world — or a jetliner —on his shoulders in "Non-Stop."
 
Harold Ramis, actor, writer and director, dead at 69
CHICAGO

Harold Ramis, actor, writer and director, dead at 69

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Harold Ramis was one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers when he moved his family from Los Angeles back to the Chicago area in 1996. Ramis died early Monday morning after a long illness, according to his wife, Erica Mann Ramis. He was 69.
 
'Lego' nears $200M as it retains No. 1 spot
LOS ANGELES

'Lego' nears $200M as it retains No. 1 spot

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014
Action-packed new releases couldn’t stack up to 3D hit “The Lego Movie,” which took the No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the box office.
 
‘The Past’ a bit long but packed with surprises

‘The Past’ a bit long but packed with surprises

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
“The Past” is a deliciously soapy French romantic mystery. It’s about divorce and the rippling waves of pain caused by it and the affair that precipitated it. And the more we learn about who did what to whom and when, the more intriguing it becomes.
 
Stunning images, regret in modern Italy captured in 'Great Beauty'

Stunning images, regret in modern Italy captured in 'Great Beauty'

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
As its name promises, “The Great Beauty” is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic. But more than intoxicating imagery is on director Paolo Sorrentino’s mind, a lot more.
 
‘Pompeii’ not high art or flawless history, but it’s not half bad

‘Pompeii’ not high art or flawless history, but it’s not half bad

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
With "Pompeii," director Pual W.S. Anderson has delivered a genuine spectacle, a gladiator movie with a volcano in the middle of it. “Pompeii” isn’t anybody’s idea of high art or flawless history, but it's not half bad.
 
‘In Secret’ a tale of lust, love, murder and guilt

‘In Secret’ a tale of lust, love, murder and guilt

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
"In Secret," set in 1860s France, has an illicit love affair, a murder and the guilt and fear of discovery that comes with it.
 
Madcap mayhem of '3 Days' over the top, but Costner is cool

Madcap mayhem of '3 Days' over the top, but Costner is cool

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Daft and sloppy as it is, the comedy-infused thriller “3 Days to Kill,” starring Kevin Costner, rarely fails to entertain.
 
New films can't contend with 'Lego Movie'
LOS ANGELES

New films can't contend with 'Lego Movie'

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
“The Lego Movie” built a huge lead on top of the weekend’s new releases at the box office.
 
Love and magic lost in cold 'Winter's Tale'

Love and magic lost in cold 'Winter's Tale'

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Like the frozen expanses of its most dramatic settings, “Winter’s Tale“ is mostly hard, glittering surface. Colin Farrell as Peter Lake, a tortured time traveler straddling two lives a century apart in New York City, brings the only performance warm enough to penetrate it.
 
School for suckers has funny moments

School for suckers has funny moments

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
"Vampire Academy" is a self-aware horror/action comedy, first in a possible franchise (sigh) based on Richelle Mead’s books, that sits somewhere on the border between “Twilight,” “Harry Potter” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
 
 

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