Stories from Movies

‘My All American’ a tear jerker

Set in the 1960s and ’70s, “My All American” has the quaint appeal of a well-designed Lava Lamp. It’s old-fashioned but still rather cool.

‘Room’ harrowing, unforgettable

Seven years after she was kidnapped and impregnated as a teen, a mother guards her young son’s innocence in the safety of a cupboard.

‘Frankenstein’ barely alive

Although the mad doctor with a God complex gets title billing, the star this time is his goofy assistant Igor.

‘The Good Dinosaur’ trippy, but uneven

As if exhilarated by the open air, Pixar animators create such dazzling imagery of flowing water and mountainous landscapes that 'The Good Dinosaur' might be most attractive to mushroom-eating hikers.

'Creed' is a knockout

'Creed' hands the Rocky mantle to a new underdog determined to box his way to glory.

Is 'The Force Awakens' OK for kids? Maybe, maybe not

The Motion Picture Association of America on Tuesday gave the latest 'Star Wars' movie a PG-13 rating because of sci-fi action violence.

'Carol,' 'Beasts of No Nation' lead Independent Spirit Award nominations

The 1950s romance 'Carol' starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara has topped the Independent Spirit Awards nominations.

Roberts can’t save ‘Secret in their Eyes’

As the movie wears on, the plot points become increasingly far-fetched, and what started out as a moody if by-the-book thriller becomes increasingly silly.

Cranston excellent as ‘Trumbo’

As the title character, Bryan Cranston gives a performance as compelling and complex as the man himself must have been.

Ronan enchanting in ‘Brooklyn’

The movie challenges the viewer to focus on the heart by not having any such dramatic crutches.

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