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  • Capsule reviews of feature films

    AMERICAN SNIPER. 3 stars. Bradley Cooper delivers a powerful turn as Chris Kyle, the real-life Navy SEAL credited with the most kills of any sniper in U.S. military history. Clint Eastwood directs this taut Iraq War-era drama, although the sequences with Kyle returning stateside are diminished by textbook scenarios of family dysfunction and discord. 2 hrs. 12 R (violence, profanity, adult themes) Steven Rea
  • Reel Critics: 'Second Best'? No, just as good

    If you enjoyed the first "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," you will most certainly enjoy the newly released "Second Best" sequel. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy joyfully revise their roles as ex-patriot Brits appreciating their low-cost...

    Heavy-handed, derivative script takes the life out of 'Chappie'

    In the near-future of "Chappie," police robots keep order in the violent streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, thanks to the designs of brilliant young engineer Deon Wilson (Dev Patel). During an experiment with artificial intelligence, Deon creates a...

    'Chappie': Why do so many sci-fi helmers lose heat on their fastball?

    'Chappie': Why do so many sci-fi helmers lose heat on their fastball?
    There's no shortage of ways that Neill Blomkamp’s science-fiction robot story “Chappie” goes off the rails. The movie is a retread of so many bots-gone-wild/bots-still-cute movies, and the way Blomkamp and longtime screenwriting...

    Sony faces creative uncertainty as Pascal prepares to exit

    Sony faces creative uncertainty as Pascal prepares to exit
    Amy Pascal's exit from Sony Pictures comes as the studio faces one of its biggest creative crossroads. The film studio has been trailing its Hollywood rivals when it comes to big, reliable franchises — the kind of blockbusters that drive the box...