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Charming Dolphin, watery Tale

Creatures buoy movie while human characters flounder with weak script

Dolphin Tale was a rare children’s movie that made grown-ups happy to have tagged along to the theater. Continue reading...

Actress gets tough in No Good Deed

"When I was 6 years old, we got robbed at gunpoint," Taraji P. Henson recalls. "A man with a stocking cap on his head and a gun in his hand ran up to my mom and me in the parking lot of our building. Continue reading...

No. 1 Galaxy fills box office void

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy again led the box office last weekend as movie ticket sales tumbled to the lowest level in 13 years during a traditionally slow weekend. Continue reading...

The Trip to Italy

British comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon appear to have the sort of vacations just about anyone might envy. Thankfully, their jaunts to sample the cuisine and scenery of some of Europe's most sought-after locations can be just as much fun for viewers as it is for the participants. Continue reading...

FILM CLIPS

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Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Love moves you to explore and take risks. Right off the bat, you'll be successful, but in October, more work and money will need to be applied to get the same results. You'll be rewarded in November. Neighbors add to your good fortune in December. January brings respect and promotion within your family and community. Leo and Gemini people adore you. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: How will the world end? Will it gradually get colder and colder until life finally flickers out and dies, or will Earth suddenly come to an end because of some catastrophe (such as an asteroid hitting it)? Or maybe we'll destroy ourselves. Does the Bible say anything about this? Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: Do you have any hints for storing digital photos? I have hundreds of pictures saved on my computer, and I have a hard time finding what I am looking for. Continue reading...

The Drop

British actor Tom Hardy came to prominence with unforgettably noisy performances in movies like Bronson and Locke. With The Drop, he dominates the movie by playing a quiet soul whose main survival skill is slipping into the background. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

The Last of Robin Hood, R Kevin Kline plays cinematic swashbuckler Errol Flynn, whose high-flying, globe-spanning affair with an aspiring actress (Dakota Fanning), enabled by the girl's fame-obsessed mother (Susan Sarandon), came crashing down in October 1959. With Sean Flynn, Max Casella; directed by Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland. Sept. 19 Continue reading...

Home movies

Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (PG-13, 80 minutes) Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

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No relation

The Identical is far removed from Elvis Presley’s talents

As a showcase for a former Elvis impersonator making his acting debut and a couple of songwriter-producers flexing their roots-rock chops, The Identical gets the job done adequately enough. This passably palatable film never hits any real high notes, however, and although its faith-based perspective and a Nashville (Tenn.) Film Festival award may hint at a latent Bible Belt audience, it's unlikely to achieve much reach elsewhere. Continue reading...

Toronto fest scans year's best

Film festivals, like college football teams, great chefs and world superpowers, have many rivals. The surprisingly competitive field of world-renowned festivals -- from Cannes and Berlin to Toronto -- all vie for prestige, honor, glory and the most inspiring and impressive lineups of films being released in a given year. Continue reading...

Baena creates 'realistic' zombie movie

"If there really were a zombie attack, you wouldn't be a general in the army or a scientist. You wouldn't be the person who's in a position to figure out what caused this. You'd be in the suburbs. You'd be contending with just what was in front of you." This sobering observation comes not from an apocalyptic doomsayer, but from first-time director Jeff Baena on his new black comedy Life After Beth. Continue reading...

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