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  • '71 (R)

    In '71, Yann Demange tints the midnight alleys of Belfast like an Irish flag dragged through the mud: black skies, sickly green lamps, and the orange flames of torched cars. more...
  • American Sniper (R)

    In Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) — an astoundingly talented marksman credited with over 160 confirmed kills in Iraq — runs into a fellow veteran at a mechanic's shop between deployments. more...
  • The Armstrong Lie (R)

    The new, unauthorized documentary The Armstrong Lie is, to use a phrase from the film, a "myth-buster." more...
  • The Best Man Holiday (R)

    Even though they made good money and filled a crucial niche, the 1990s' and early 2000s' romantic entertainments targeted to -- though not made exclusively for -- black audiences disappeared almost as mysteriously as they arrived. more...
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  • Big Eyes (PG-13)

    The waifs Walter Keane made famous were known for their huge peepers. more...
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  • Big Hero 6 (PG)

    Imagine if nerdy Clark Kent didn't have to remove his glasses and pocket protector to save the world. more...
  • Birdman (R)

    In Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Keaton pours all of Batman's simmering disquietude into a different form: that of Riggan Thomson, a has-been actor who hopes to reclaim his reputation by staging an ambitious Broadway show, an adaptation -- one he's written himself -- of Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." more...
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  • Black Nativity (PG)

    I think it was when Nas wandered on set for his second guest verse, toward the middle of Black Nativity, and summarily rhymed "the holy one above me" with "Obi-wan Kenobi" -- during, I might add, a dream sequence in which a Christ is born to a homeless couple in modern-day Times Square while a white-afroed Mary J. Blige belts out a gospel-style carol around them -- that I began to wonder whether this was a parody. more...
  • Black or White (PG-13)

    There are few hard-and-fast rules in screenwriting, but here's one I think we can agree on: Something's gone wrong if your crowd-pleasing family drama asks audiences to hope a child's father proves to be a crackhead. more...
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  • The Book of Life (NR)

    Encouraging a sensitive boy to win over an ostensibly independent girl by, in her words, "always [following his] heart," Mexican animated fable The Book of Life's hackneyed stock plot preaches tolerance while lamely reinforcing the status quo. more...
  • Born To Be Wild IMAX (G)

    Gigantic form, diminutive content: Born to Be Wild 3D, presented in expansive IMAX, offers a visually arresting, kid-friendly, but cursory portrait of the altruistic efforts of two women to not only rescue orphaned baby animals but to then raise and ultimately release them back into their natural habitats. more...
  • The Boy Next Door (R)

    The most pleasurably ludicrous highlight of The Boy Next Door comes half an hour in, before the sex and murders and something's-in-the-mirror-behind-her! more...

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