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Story | May 21, 2014 | 8:30 AM"I want this to be a picture of dignity -- a true canvas of the suffering of humanity!" So declared the comedy-director hero of Preston Sturges' classic "Sullivan's Travels," and his fit of self-importance may well enlighten viewers as they ponder why Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has decided to follow the deft, effervescent charms of "The Artist" with "The Search," a grueling, lumbering, two-and-a-half-hour humanitarian tract that all but collapses under the weight of its own moral indignation. Intermittently stirring and undeniably well made as it slowly unspools a multi-pronged drama set during the 1999 outbreak of the Second Chechen War, the picture has run-of-the-mill pacing and storytelling lapses that are compounded by its ultimately hectoring, didactic approach. Significant trims, and perhaps key restorations from a reportedly longer cut, could improve its chances for widespread theatrical export, though its search for a receptive audience is destined to be a hard one.
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Story | Feb 11, 2014 | 4:30 PM
Richelle Mead's above-average series of young-adult fantasy novels gets a worse-than-perfunctory screen launch with "Vampire Academy," which not only plays like the crassest possible mashup of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" elements, but seems designed...
Story | Feb 17, 2014 | 2:30 PM
In spanning eight decades, Marcel Ophuls' filmed autobiography "Ain't Misbehavin'" incorporates a wide array of approaches: nostalgia-filled interviews with celebrated contemporaries, whimsical excerpts from Hollywood films, samplings from his own and his...