Movie Reviews

Mommy

Already one of the world’s most celebrated filmmakers at the age of 25, Xavier Dolan has wowed the art house crowds with a stunning, if short, body of work, which includes his boisterous debut, “I Killed My Mother,” his eerie noir “Tom at the Farm” and his sweeping trans epic “Laurence Anyways.” Now the Quebecois director returns with “Mommy,” an aching portrait of a tumultuous bond between mother and son, and a film that presents Dolan at his most emotionally unbridled.

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Five great teen sci-fi flicks

This Friday marks the release of “Project Almanac,”

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Drumroll for ‘Whiplash’

They say those who can’t do, teach, and in the case of Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a part-time musician and full-time band conductor at the uber-prestigious Shaffer Conservatory, the ache of being able to coach greats, yet not necessarily be one, manifests in the form of spewed, violent rage.

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Still Alice

If one believes the party line, then he or she is as confident as anyone that frequent Oscar snubbee Julianne Moore will finally take home her first trophy for her leading role in “Still Alice.”

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A Most Violent Year

Anyone expecting abundant violence in “A Most Violent Year” should know outright that this crime drama’s title isn’t exactly referencing its content, but rather the year it takes place, 1981 — statistically one of the most violent in New York City’s history.

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Best FILMS of 2014

From sci-fi gems to sociopolitical landmarks, here is the annual list for the year’s finest movies.

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Top 10 WORST FILMS of 2014

Despite Emmanuel Lubezki’s virtuoso cinematography, and a whole cast of actors working at full throttle (Oscar hopefuls Michael Keaton and Emma Stone lead an ace ensemble that also includes Naomi Watts and Edward Norton), “Birdman” paints filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu as a failed satirist, and a man too consumed by his own ego to make a work that’s thematically coherent or culturally astute.

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The Theory of Everything

“The Theory of Everything,” a drama about the life and love of physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne), is just the sort of movie one would expect to see amid Oscar season, complete with period costumes, fact-based figures and a hero with a debilitating affliction.

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‘Wild’ journey

Reese Witherspoon leaves her romcom-queen image in the dust in “Wild,” a hard-hitting and minimalistic survival drama about Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon), a real-life woman who, in 1994, hiked more than 1,000 miles — alone — on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is shatteringly effective in “The Imitation Game,” a handsomely executed period piece that casts Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the mathematical genius who cracked the Nazi-created Enigma code, and thus, along with his team, altered the course of World War II.

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