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Movie Meter: Reese Witherspoon is Back and Chris Rock Deserves a High Five

SEE IT NOW Wild: Through the more than two decades of her acting career, 38-year-old Reese Witherspoon has gone from being totally unknown to known […]

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Movie Meter: The Theory of Everything Is Ready for Award Season, Dumb and Dumber To Is Ready for the Trash

SEE IT The Theory of Everything: This biopic concerning the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, stricken to a wheelchair from ALS as a young man, sagely […]

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Movie Meter: Interstellar Is Predictably Spectacular, Big Hero 6 Makes Disney-Marvel Magic

SEE IT NOW Interstellar:  Please consider this a vote based more on the spectacle of the film—which director Christopher Nolan shot in wondrous 70mm—than the […]

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Movie Meter: Jake Gyllenhaal Goes Full-Creeper for Nightcrawler

SEE IT Nightcrawler: You have to give Jake Gyllenhaal some credit: Dude is not afraid to go full-creep if a role demands it. In Dan Gilroy’s […]

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Movie Meter: Michael Keaton Makes a Comeback, John Wick Is Surprisingly Good

SEE IT Birdman: Despite the brilliant devastation of his film Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu has not received quite the same level of fame as other Mexican directors […]

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Movie Meter: Brad Pitt Kills More Nazis, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana Get Animated

SEE IT NOW Fury: Somehow, when Brad Pitt stars in a film it takes on a larger, more-important caste. It’s a good thing that David […]

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Movie Meter: True Stories Win the Weekend with Nas’ Illmatic Doc and a Britain’s Got Talent Underdog

SEE IT NOW Pride: Yet another uplifting, true story. This film is based on the mid-’80s United Mineworkers strike in England. The Mineworkers were joined in […]

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Movie Meter: Ben Affleck Gets Weird in Gone Girl, Nicolas Cage Gets Left Behind

SEE IT NOW Gone Girl: My shaky endorsement for David Fincher’s hotly anticipated new thriller—based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn—comes with a veritable wheelbarrow full of […]

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Movie Meter: Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader Delight as Siblings in The Skeleton Twins

SEE IT NOW The Skeleton Twins: You might miss them on Saturday nights, but there’s a lot more to this film than a welcome reunion […]

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Movie Meter: Tina Fey’s This is Where I Leave You is a Tremendous Waste of Comic Firepower

SEE IT NOW! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdBPuT1lmgQ 1. The Conformist: A most welcome re-release of Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 classic about a cowardly Italian man in 1930’s Italy, who […]

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Movie Meter: Settle in for Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale

SEE IT NOW! A Summer’s Tale: You lucky people get to watch a veritable masterpiece from famed French auteur Eric Rohmer, originally from 1996, but […]

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Movie Meter: Michael Fassbender’s Papier-Mâché Head and Lemurs Win the Weekend

SEE IT NOW! Frank: There aren’t many actors of Michael Fassbender’s stature who would consent to star in a film in which he would have […]

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Movie Meter: The Giver Disappoints, Go for Land Ho! Instead

SEE IT NOW Land Ho!: (One of two exclamation-point films this week! Go figure!) Former brothers-in-law (Earl Lynn Nelson and Paul Eenhoorn), now well-aged, travel […]

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Movie Meter: Into the Storm Won’t Blow You Away, But It’s a Damn Fun Ride

SEE IT NOW! Into the Storm: Okay, so it’s another cataclysmic twister flick, but the CGI is impressively disconcerting, the cast is, er, amiable enough, […]

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Movie Meter: Guardians of the Galaxy Will Obliterate the Weekend Box Office—And Rightfully So

SEE IT NOW! Guardians of the Galaxy: Consider the summer movie season saved. What sounds like an unlikely sort of superhero action flick—seriously, two of […]