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Thriller spells out fright on desktop

A Google search or an iMessage may seem an unlikely source of dramatic tension for a movie. But the new horror thriller Unfriended takes these routine actions in our daily digital lives and turns them into moments of fear and dread. It's one in a recent spate of horror movies playing out on computer screens that might be likened to the found-footage horror genre that The Blair Witch Project started in 1999. But now the frights rely on an active Skype account and a strong Wi-Fi signal. Continue reading...

True Story

True Story earns its chills not by jolting the audience or by surprising them with developments that come from nowhere. Instead, British director Rupert Goold, making his feature debut, fills the movie with a constant sense of dread and unease. Throughout the movie, details don't add up, characters act oddly and the reasons are unexpected, even when they later become obvious. Continue reading...

Monkey Kingdom

When you have a movie with this much action, romance, adventure and heart, who needs humans? Continue reading...

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

(opening dates are tentative) The Age of Adaline, PG-13, Adaline (Blake Lively) ceases to age following an accident, but keeps her condition a secret while embarking on a number of incredible adventures throughout the 20th century. Continue reading...

The doors to horror

Any hack can make a cash-cow scary movie; it takes a fiendish director to make a memorable one

We are clearly nowhere near Halloween; days are getting longer and breezier, not shorter and more chilling, and your nighttime scares naturally are more about running out of skim milk or finding an unfortunate puddle from your puppy on your living room floor than ghouls, blade-wielding psychopaths, or crypto-demons from the seventh plane of hell; and yet, for film studios, the horror film is never terribly far away. Continue reading...

Furious 7 stomps it at box office

LOS ANGELES -- Furious 7 set box-office records and raced to No. 1 with about a $147 million domestic opening. Continue reading...

The Longest Ride

Before the screening of The Longest Ride, the theater owner played a YouTube clip of a dog, made up to look like a bull, leaping around as a rag doll rode on its back. As the dog's movement became more frenzied, the doll really did look as if it were holding on for dear life. Continue reading...

COMING MOVIES

Unfriended, R Six high school friends are stalked over the Internet by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a bully to kill herself one year earlier. With Shelley Hennig, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Matthew Bohrer and Heather Sossaman. Directed by Levan Gabriadze. April 17 Continue reading...

'71

A raw young soldier, transported to a strange city far from his homeland, gets accidentally left behind enemy lines by his regiment during a riot; wounded, lost and terrified, he becomes a pawn caught up in power struggles between and within opposing factions in a brutal, senseless conflict. That's the plot of '71, a story that could easily be set in any number of contemporary war zones -- Afghanistan, say, or Syria -- but it happens to unfold in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in the year indicated by the title. Continue reading...

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Reviews like this are always the hardest to write. I love this strange and mysterious movie and I want you to love it too. Continue reading...

Woman in Gold

Movies collapse more often than they rally. Woman in Gold is the rare film that limps programmatically along for most of its running length before closing in a surprisingly satisfying fashion. It's a shame, because most moviegoers are likely to give up on Simon Curtis' legal melodrama long before its strong finish. But we can at least credit the movie for finally connecting after 90 minutes of predictably earnest brow knitting. Continue reading...

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National Archives digitizes LR Nine film to mark its '65 Oscar win

Subscriber onlyThe National Archives has digitally remastered a film on the Little Rock Nine for the anniversary of its Academy Award win for best short documentary, 50 years ago today. Continue reading...

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