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Stories from Movies

‘River’ a old-new mash-up of great music

Some jam sessions start awkwardly, as the participants feel each other out, find a common groove and then make it happen.

Puns swamp ‘Penguins’

It’s hard to go wrong with penguins. They can be elegant and emotionally engaging in real life, as the Oscar-winning documentary “March of the Penguins” beautifully captured.

‘Bosses 2’ isn’t about bosses

Your enjoyment of “Horrible Bosses 2” is almost wholly dependent on your tolerance for clusters of funny actors, babbling, riffing — and in the case of Charlie Day, screeching — all at once.

'Birdman' leads Spirit Awards nominations

A dark comedy about show business took flight Tuesday with a leading six nominations for the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Redmayne brilliant as Hawking (w/video)

The famed British physicist has never had small ideas or small ambitions, as shown in the biopic, 'The Theory of Everything.”

Ensemble cast shines in 'Foxcatcher' (w/video)

The tawdry tale of the bizarre real-life murder of wrestler Dave Schultz exerts mesmerizing pull from performances by Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum.

Revolution gathering in 'Mockingjay' (w/video)

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' is a decent entry into the conclusion of Katniss's saga featuring some imaginative visuals, a few truly thrilling moments, and standout performances from the movie's stars.

'Private Peaceful' nuanced, graceful

Melancholy runs deep in 'Private Peaceful,' a richly appointed British period piece about fraternal loyalty adapted from the book of the same name.

'The Way He Looks' a charming coming-of-age tale

'The Way He Looks' has at its center a classical-music-loving blind teen who’s gradually realizing that he’s gay.

Losing yourself in ‘Beyond the Lights’

Breakout music star movie cliche, yet well written.

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