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  • In a junk-food summer, Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a defiant carrot stick, a blockbuster adventure flick where the message is "Think smart." It's a deliberate phooey to the kiddie carnage of movies like Transformers and The Avengers, which...

  • However you view the western in American filmmaking -- as a moth-eaten relic or an eternal form to be resurrected every few years — there's something stale about Kane Senes's tepid historical drama Echoes of War, which utilizes the...

  • A colorful whirligig which twirls only sporadically, In the Name of My Daughter presents as a thriller about the Riviera casino wars of the 1970s, yet is front-loaded with greed, mother/daughter push-pulls, masochism, and tumbles from...

  • One of the most intriguing aspects of Where Hope Grows is also among the least important: Danica McKellar (that's Winnie Cooper to us mere mortals) and William Zabka ("Sweep the leg, Johnny!") play a married couple. The faith-based drama...

  • Some people complain about sequels to beloved movies, while others welcome the possibility that a part deux might be even better than the first. Sometimes that happens: While The Godfather is great, The Godfather: Part II expands on its dramatic...

  • This doesn't feel like a film that exists. How is George Miller's bonkers, exhausting, no-future smash-'em-up Mad Max: Fury Road not one of those almost-was boondoggles mourned and dreamed of by fans, a revered director's impossible vision that,...

  • Science fiction thriller Infini is at its best early on, when it's an action movie set in outer space. Director Shane Abbess and co-writer Brian Cachia get a lot of mileage out of a distractingly derivative rescue-mission-gone-wrong plot...

  • Daniel Duran's Bravetown is a textbook example of substance-over-style success: Aside from a showy opening (a tracking shot that snakes through a club, cribbing freely from Carlito's Way, Boogie Nights, etc.), the movie...

  • Jack Black is going indistinct on us in The D Train, playing a smiling schlemiel, the nicest of nice guys, a chipper townie whose life is centered around bringing everyone back for his twenty-year high school reunion. He's a husband and...