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Stories from Movies

Horror master Craven dies at 76

The prolific writer-director who thrilled audiences with iconic suburban slashers like 'Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream' and famously tangled with the Santa Rosa school board, has died.

‘Diary of a teenage girl’ stikingly honest and intimate

The awakening of Minnie Goetze is awkward and brash, enthusiastic and angst-ridden, lewd and tender. And it’s gloriously honest.

‘Mistress America’ funny and observant

Greta Gerwig is wonderful as a manic, passionate whirlwind of positivity.

‘No Escape’ dubious, xenophobic

Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as “No Escape,” a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller.

‘We Are Your Friends’ is generic, but with a beat

With Zac Efron as the lead, the film injects a throbbing beat and fresh style into a classic coming-of-age tale.

‘Best of Enemies’ is hilarious history

The documentary about the 1968 Buckley-Vidal TV battle captures the birth of the ‘shouting head’ political argument.

‘Hitman: Agent 47’ just cold

This take on the unknowing super spy takes itself too seriously.

Immature ‘American Ultra’ loses steam

There are enough dopey discussions, nutty characterizations and creatively spiced servings of violence to amuse younger viewers.

Horror film ‘Sinister 2’ a mystery to itself

You can’t tell if the filmmakers are deliberately going for a bit of a goofy, throwback feel, but that’s what comes across in this spooky tale.

Lovely adaptation of ‘The Prophet’

The only way to turn Kahlil Gibran’s romantic, trippy and uplifting “The Prophet” into a movie appears to be through animation.

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