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  • Review: 'Coldwater' ★★

    Review: 'Coldwater' ★&#9733
    There's a compelling, perhaps important thriller to be made about dark doings at for-profit juvenile detention camps, but "Coldwater" misses the mark. The abuses and injustices on display at the film's remote outpost known as Coldwater are said to be...
  • 'The Word' raises questions about vigilantism

     'The Word' raises questions about vigilantism
    A young boy's abduction and murder serve as catalysts in "The Word," a new film starring Kevin O'Donnell as a grieving father who learns of an identical case in a different state — another crime that appears to be a ritualistic sacrifice performed...
  • 'Rich Hill' a poor perspective on teens mired in poverty

     'Rich Hill' a poor perspective on teens mired in poverty
    The documentary "Rich Hill" follows the lives of three teenage paupers among the 1,396 denizens of the eponymous Missouri town. Under-supervised in squalid homes and overmedicated for learning disabilities, Appachey West and Harley Hood curse, smoke,...
  • 'The Trip to Italy' Review: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon Serve Up More Delicious Mid-Life Crises

    By Alonso Duralde LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - In 2010's "The Trip," writer-director Michael Winterbottom sent actor-comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (playing "themselves") on a scenic tour of the British countryside, where the two chums ate...
  • 'NightLights' shines as an honest look at caretaking

    'NightLights' shines as an honest look at caretaking
    For seven years since the death of their mother, Chicago designer Erin (Shawna Waldron) has lived with and cared for her non-verbal, low-functioning autistic brother, Jacob (Stephen Louis Grush). The arrangement is a source of unconditional love but...
  • 'Dinosaur 13' richly details how huge find devolved into grief

     'Dinosaur 13' richly details how huge find devolved into grief
    The fate of some very old bones may not sound like compelling cinema, but when they compose the 65-million-year-old skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex that was 41 feet long and 18 feet high back in the day, all bets are off. "Dinosaur 13," the story of a...
  • Robin Williams: Five performances to remember

    Robin Williams: Five performances to remember
    It wasn't his first film to do so, but the 1989 drama "Dead Poets Society" reminded millions that Robin Williams was an actor as well as a comic maelstrom as well as a star. The man introduced to those same millions a decade earlier in "Mork & Mindy"...
  • 'After' could have used a lot more work before

    'After' could have used a lot more work before
    "After" catalogs so many clich├ęs in the dysfunctional family at its center that the film could be taught in a screenwriting class as a lesson in what not to do. There’s the oppressive, disapproving dad, Mitch (John Doman). The in-denial, potential...
  • 'Mission Blue' explores life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle

     'Mission Blue' explores life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle
    The documentary "Mission Blue" chronicles the life's work of legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, who served as chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration between 1990 and 1992 and has been an explorer-in-residence at the...
  • 'Fifi Howls From Happiness' ventures into artist's exile

     'Fifi Howls From Happiness' ventures into artist's exile
    As the artist strives to shape the world around him or her, and sometimes simply survive the times, the matter of posterity can become naggingly elusive. This struggle is explored with patience, warmth and irreverence in documentarian-artist Mitra...
  • 'The Admiral: Roaring Currents' a thrilling look at sea battle

     'The Admiral: Roaring Currents' a thrilling look at sea battle
    Choi Min-sik — the actor best known for "Oldboy," the 2003 Cannes winner remade last year by Spike Lee — assumes the role of legendary Korean Adm. Yi Sun-shin in "The Admiral: Roaring Currents." The film depicts the storied real-life...