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'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

Sep 2, 2015

'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

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When you’re a film critic, you are occasionally assailed by one of two overwhelming urges: first, to quit, and second, to punch Adam Sandler in the face. “Pixels” is that rare movie in which both come at once, followed closely by a third urge: ...

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

Aug 19, 2015

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

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The road to becoming a professional athlete is paved with thorns, but there’s more trouble than that awaiting three aspiring male ballet dancers in the Norwegian documentary “Ballet Boys.” Directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, the film examines the lives of teens Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir, ...

Animated antidotes to Pixar-Disney eye candy

Aug 19, 2015

Animated antidotes to Pixar-Disney eye candy

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Children’s animated films, like just about everything else these days, are mostly created by a couple of mega-corporations. Some days it seems like the only animations out there are digitally rendered, hyperactive “Pix-ney” flicks filled with pop-culture wisecracks and supported by a $100 million ...

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

Aug 12, 2015

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

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Sometimes a bit of breathless claustrophobia is just the thing to combat a scorching-hot summer (you know, fight panic with panic), and what could be better for that than a submarine thriller? “Black Sea” may have a little daylight, but it’s not light fare ...