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‘A Most Wanted Man’ is a most worthy sendoff for Philip Seymour Hoffman: Roeper

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The film is called “A Most Wanted Man,” and it is one of the best spy thrillers in recent years. This is the last film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman the world will ever see. It’s the last new example of his world-class talent and his …

‘Magic in the Moonlight’: Illusionist’s ego saws our interest in half

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The heart wants what it wants, Woody Allen famously said some 15 years ago as an explanation for why he fell in love with the adopted daughter of a woman he had been involved with for many years. Of course, Allen had made that same …

‘Happy Christmas’: Even in July, Joe Swanberg’s characters ring true

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If there’s one pop-culture term more irritating than “selfie,” it just might be “mumblecore,” a term often invoked to describe naturalistic indie films shot on a low budget, with actors either improvising much of their dialogue or going for a low-key style that makes it …

‘I Origins’: Gazing deeply into eyes and evolution

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Director and writer Mike Cahill has said that while he’s not a scientist, his fascination with scientific issues and the men and women who pursue that kind of research makes him feel compelled “to make films about science and scientists.”

In “I Origins,” his second …

‘Mood Indigo’: Perpetual motion that goes nowhere

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French director Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) is a cinematic magician when it comes to creating intriguing, imaginative and, frankly, mind-blowing visual images. In “Mood Indigo,” based on author Boris Vian’s widely acclaimed novel of intense romantic love and searing loss, we …

‘Under the Electric Sky’: 3-D barker for Electric Daisy Carnival

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‘Under the Electric Sky” is a bedazzled (if not quite dazzling) 3-D documentary about last year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, a humongoid electronic dance music festival in Las Vegas. The annual booty-shaking bacchanalia is the 21st-century incarnation of 1990s rave culture, or, as one star DJ …

‘Hercules’ pushes Dwayne Johnson to his limits

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“It was the most physically challenging role I’ve ever played,” the former wrestler says.

‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’: Flying higher than the animated original

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Y ou’d think it would be fairly easy to make a sequel better than the original, especially when the first film was pretty lame. Sadly, that’s often not the case. The good news here: “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a good improvement over “Planes,” which …

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‘Boyhood’: Simple yet universal epic that feels like real life

RICHARD ROEPER: Filming over 12 years, director Richard Linklater creates a living time capsule, the best movie of 2014 so far.

‘Sex Tape’: Unfunny slapstick spoils the fun

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The winning chemistry of Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel gets lost when the promising comedy about family life turns into a preposterous chase.