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  • 'The Girls From Corona del Mar' explores friendship's evolution

    'The Girls From Corona del Mar' explores friendship's evolution
    In the opening chapter of Rufi Thorpe's debut novel, "The Girls From Corona del Mar," 15-year-old best friends Mia and Lorrie Ann get drunk on jug wine with the intention of breaking one of Mia's toes. Mia, the narrator, has just gotten an abortion, and...
  • Movie review: 'The Purge: Anarchy'

    "The Purge: Anarchy" is a good deal bloodier, but also — gulp — a good deal better than its predecessor. Make no mistake, a good "Purge" does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it...
  • 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' soars amid blazing-hot visuals

    "Planes: Fire & Rescue" sounds more like a category on Craigslist than the name of a new animated film. But what this Disney feature lacks in the title department it makes up for with fluid visuals and fast-moving action of the, yes, firefighting variety....
  • Review: Smoke.Oil.Salt brings back a paella master

    Review: Smoke.Oil.Salt brings back a paella master
    Have you ever tasted real paella? And by "real," I should specify that I mean not the stuff you eat with sangria down by the beach or even the lovely yellow rice with seafood that you have to order a day in advance at Cuban restaurants, but the real...
  • 'Sex Tape' is actually not terrible

    'Sex Tape' is actually not terrible
    **1/2 (out of four) Redemption won’t come easily after you write something as ghastly as “The Back-Up Plan.” (Don’t remember that one? It starred Jennifer Lopez and isn’t “Out of Sight.” Enough said.)...
  • Concert review: Andrea Marcovicci at Davenport's

    Concert review: Andrea Marcovicci at Davenport's
    The subject of travel must mean a great deal to Andrea Marcovicci, for she sings and speaks of it quite movingly in her show "No Strings." Launching her annual residency at Davenport's on Wednesday evening, Marcovicci offered a whirlwind tour of the...
  • 'Boyhood' is only impressive in theory

    'Boyhood' is only impressive in theory
    **1/2 (out of four) Movies are so much more than a concept. “Gravity” was an amazing onscreen achievement, but the script was lousy. It’s not a great movie—what’s impressive is the fact that Alfonso Cuaron pulled it off. To...
  • The lighter side of Alec Guinness

    The lighter side of Alec Guinness
    One cold night last year with too much time on my hands, I found myself tumbling down an Alec Guinness rabbit hole, streaming first the 1979 BBC miniseries adaptation of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and then, the late hour be damned, continuing on with the...
  • 'I Origins' looks polished, but story is out of focus

    In Mike Cahill movies, bad things happen to good people, and other good people are guilt-ridden as a result. But the human connections and the spare sci-fi logic that characterized "Another Earth," Cahill's ethereal romantic dramatic debut, are muddied in...
  • Review: 'Boyhood' ★★★★

    Review: 'Boyhood' ★★★&#9733
    By the midpoint of writer-director Richard Linklater's gentle marvel "Boyhood," the round-faced young Texas boy played by Ellar Coltrane has become a lanky, plaintive teenager. Already an hour or so of screen time has floated by. Linklater made the film...
  • Director Aaron Fernandez makes 'The Empty Hours' worth the time

    Director Aaron Fernandez makes 'The Empty Hours' worth the time
    "The Empty Hours," Aaron Fernandez's balmy, blissful new film, is about an impressionable 17-year-old Sebastian, a mid-30s Miranda and an aging rent-by-the-hour beach motel nestled on a spare stretch of Veracruz, Mexico, coastline where their paths...