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  • 'The Prince' appears more like a pauper in the thriller department

    Another wish-fulfillment thriller scenario for overprotective dads, "The Prince" has taciturn auto mechanic Paul (Jason Patric) hotfooting it to New Orleans to hunt down his missing daughter (Gia Mantegna), presumed to be under the drugged sway of a...
  • REVIEW: 'Stupid F***ing Bird' by Sideshow Theatre Co. ★★★

     REVIEW: 'Stupid F***ing Bird' by Sideshow Theatre Co. ★★★½
    At one point in "Stupid F***ing Bird," the endlessly self-aware play by Aaron Posner that will be sweet and oft-hilarious relief for anyone who has sat through way too many shattering productions of the fragile plays of Anton Chekhov, the characters,...
  • '14 Blades' cuts right into martial arts action

     '14 Blades' cuts right into martial arts action
    The Chinese import "14 Blades," shot in 2009, is a kind of Eastern western whose one-note characters and convoluted plot are nearly swallowed up whole by this martial arts film's dizzyingly wrought action scenes. Fortunately, director, co-writer and...
  • 'When the Game Stands Tall' is imperfect but resilient

    'When the Game Stands Tall' is imperfect but resilient
    **1/2 (out of four) Like its title, the real life-inspired “When the Game Stands Tall” is earnest and a bit corny. If not for 2011’s great, Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated,” which also featured a life-changing...
  • 'Are You Here' values matter over mind

    'Are You Here' values matter over mind
    *1/2 (out of four) “Are You Here,” the feature writing-directing debut from “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, features such a stunningly unconvincing emotional reversal that it must be shared. Spoiler alert: The following moment...
  • 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is a sinful waste of a sequel

     'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is a sinful waste of a sequel
    The greatest sin of "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is the way its high style is brought low — visually stunning but emotionally vapid, unrelentingly violent, its splendiferous comic book cast mostly squandered. It's the very speed...
  • 'The One I Love' is magic in the moonlight

    'The One I Love' is magic in the moonlight
    ***1/2 (out of four) Like a more intimate companion to 2012’s “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “The One I Love” likewise stars Mark Duplass and is a metaphysical romantic drama with an offbeat sense of humor. It’s insightful,...
  • 'When the Game Stands Tall' is disingenuous and patronizing

    'When the Game Stands Tall' is disingenuous and patronizing
    A true tale of high school football achievement becomes a strained, by-the-numbers grab bag of uplift in the Christian sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall." At the small California Catholic high school De La Salle, Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel)...
  • 'To Be Takei' a lively tribute to 'Star Trek's' George Takei

     'To Be Takei' a lively tribute to 'Star Trek's' George Takei
    The documentary "To Be Takei" is a buoyant, engaging look at the life of actor and activist George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original "Star Trek" TV series as well as in six "Star Trek" feature films. In recent years, Takei,...
  • 'The Possession of Michael King' fails at found-footage fad

    'The Possession of Michael King' fails at found-footage fad
    In "The Possession of Michael King," the title character (Shane Johnson) sets out to debunk dark magic for a documentary. He blames a psychic's advice for the accidental death of his wife, so he wants to get the word out that all this abracadabra is...
  • Not much 'Jealousy,' or any other emotion, for that matter

    Not much 'Jealousy,' or any other emotion, for that matter
    With its fragmentary scenes and the sumptuous black-and-white palette created by New Wave cinematographer Willy Kurant, "Jealousy" has a dreamy quality, its Parisian characters not rooted in time. Dreams are rarely as languid, though, or as filled with...